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How's the bike looking? Are you replacing the head gasket today? Keep us updated on the issue and good luck!
It rode on that head leak for 3 days to work and back through rain. Was struggling and shooting out compression but it did it. Bike is close to 90K.

It's Saturday evening now and plan was to do it this morning but I woke up sick and hungover and just not feeling it. I did cruise down to Harley to pick up a new head gasket and O-rings for the dowel pins.

I'm going to rip into it tomorrow to have it good for work Monday morning. I should have done it today to give myself an extra buffer day in case something goes wrong but I just wasn't feeling it. I've done the job before so I'm hoping I don't run into any issues and wrap it up quick and easy.

Pull tank, pull rocker box, pull pipe, pull head, replace gasket, torque back down. I

I'll update and post pics tomorrow.
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You may want to check if you should use the O rings, if you have the latest head gasket they are not used if I remember correctly.
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Just curious about the head gasket since you said you had replaced the one before?

Do you go easy on the bike till it warms up or are you hard on it from the get go?

Just wondering since I have not had to replace any head gaskets on mine but am wondering maybe I should check mine?
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qJOB DONE UPDATE:

LOL, I was going to do it Saturday morning but woke up hungover and feeling like shit. By the time I came back to life, my old lady wanted to go out so we rolled out Saturday night and I woke up Sunday feeling like shit.

Rode it to work today and figured I'd do it when I got home today (Monday) because I'm still in "work mode". I brought my light and tools from my box at work too. I keep my cheaper stuff at home but I knew I wouldn't have time to deal with stripped fasteners tonight lol. Got the head off and to the gasket right as the sun went down. Put everything back together working with my work light. Between smoke and vodka breaks, took about 3 hours.

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You may want to check if you should use the O rings, if you have the latest head gasket they are not used if I remember correctly.
This is just my personal way of doing it...(your literal mileage may vary) when it comes to gaskets, bolts, etc...shit that I can get for a few bucks from the dealer down the street from me, I get OEM. Head gasket and o-rings were under $10. When I did the full rear cylinder with base gasket, head, and all rocker box gaskets, it was under $30.

My front head gasket made it to 90K ish. Roughly because I took the speedo off years back. It would have gone longer if that one bolt hadn't loosened and to be honest, the gasket looked fine when I opened it. I just changed it because I was in there anyway. I could have just tightened the bolts back down and been fine.

These bikes aren't precision built Formula 1 race cars. They are built to high (or low depending on how you read it. What I'm saying is that they're built with a lot of "slop" so you don't need surgical precision) tolerances and thats why they last so long. Just keep them oiled. I feel the "torque nazi" types instill fear in others.

I don't drive a car, my bike gets me to work. If I don't have the right tool or whatever that night, I find a way to make it work and the bike just doesn't care. She's no garage queen. Don't stress it. Case in point, it ran on a mean head gasket leak for 4 days and believe me, I didn't baby it. I figured if anything breaks I'd just fix it.


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Back together and sounding good. Thanks for asking.

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Just curious about the head gasket since you said you had replaced the one before?

Do you go easy on the bike till it warms up or are you hard on it from the get go?

Just wondering since I have not had to replace any head gaskets on mine but am wondering maybe I should check mine?
Yeah, I did it on the rear cylinder when I had a base gasket leak. I replaced all the gaskets including head. I'm going to be honest and don't take my advice lol. I know you should take it easy but I never have. I'll be a little easier on my first trip to work but not much. I just ride it like I always do. I've had to pull the trans twice in the past couple years one time it stripped the dogs off the first gear, second time it shat the mainshaft bearing. Rebuilt and replaced and just went back to riding like I always do. The bike can handle it. Keep in mind though, this is a 17 year old bike with around 90K that gets ridden every day rain or shine.

What I'm saying is don't stress it so much. These things are built to high tolerances as I mentioned before and they are built to handle it. Just keep them oiled. When shit breaks, fix it. It's just bolts holding them together.

As far as checking bro, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Don't mess with shit if it isn't a problem. I understand guys on forums (not this one, lots of actual riders with experience based advice here
) want to be expert advice giver bikers because they can read the manual but don't manage to hit 10K a year. Don't let that bother you. If the bike runs well, leave it alone.

I have a Shovelhead chopper I built in the backyard that just runs...thing is almost 50 years old and held together with Home Depot hardware and hope. Your Harley will probably out live you, just ride it and keep it oiled.
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Glad it worked out for you. Working in a car dealership for over 21 Years, it was always hard getting it across to customers "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". So, I understand where you're coming from. {shot in the dark} Do you get ANY snow around Macon, Ga.?
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Glad it worked out for you. Working in a car dealership for over 21 Years, it was always hard getting it across to customers "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". So, I understand where you're coming from. {shot in the dark} Do you get ANY snow around Macon, Ga.?
Thanks appreciate it. I’m in SoCal actually. No snow lol.
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This is what I was thinking about.



Several threads on this forum where the use of O rings with the new gaskets caused leaks, here is one.

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This is what I was thinking about.



Several threads on this forum where the use of O rings with the new gaskets caused leaks, here is one.

http://xlforum.net/forums/archive/in...t-1004658.html
This was actually one of the bolts backing out. The cylinder I worked on before and replaced gaskets and O-rings on is the rear.

The front cylinder which is the one discussed in this post has not been opened until now. The gasket and rings were factory.
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As long as it works it's all good, the reason I posted this is that dealers now supply the new, no O ring type gaskets for all evo engines.
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