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Ha ha. Couple maxi pads on the starter. Doodah. I almost never put gaskets on dry. But I did these. I either coat em with oil or permatex.
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I've never had luck with dry gaskets on any bike. I dampen gaskets with Permatex ultra black RTV. Not gobs or a mess oozing out when tightened.
Just lightly damp the entire gasket. Once tightened there is no evidence rtv was used. After 5k miles my Ironhead has not leaked a drop.
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I've used copper coat on car engines but I just don't like the look of the orange stuff showing on a motorcycle engine.
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I've never had luck with dry gaskets on any bike. I dampen gaskets with Permatex ultra black RTV. Not gobs or a mess oozing out when tightened.
Just lightly damp the entire gasket. Once tightened there is no evidence rtv was used. After 5k miles my Ironhead has not leaked a drop.
I've used 3M Spray Adhesive a few times and had great results, If you spray it thin enough on both sides of the gasket.
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You take the standard black paper gasket, put it on a sheet of newspaper and generously rub black wheel bearing grease into both sides. I’ve always used Valvoline.
Let it sit while you clean and prep the other stuff so it has a chance to soak up the grease and then repeat the process again just before assembly, leaving a film of grease on both sides. The fresh grease helps maintain position as you fit the parts together.
Always progressively tighten the screws from the center points out so you don’t trap a bow in the middle. FSMs have torque specs for a reason. Use them.

The grease in the paper is multi-purpose. It moistens and lubes it so it becomes more malleable. It allows it to fit and flow into the minor surface imperfections that a dry gasket would miss. The heat cycling of the engine helps to create an almost impermeable barrier that will benefit from a second torque sequence after some heat cycles.

This is what I was taught 48 years ago when I bought my first HD and while I have occasionally had to double up on gaskets, (primary covers) I haven’t had to use sealers etc. Gaskets done this way are also easy to remove when disassembled.
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