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This old thread might be worth a re-read (or not ) --> http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread...69#post5769269
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Follow-up: I got into the base nuts and discovered that they were all rather loose--especially the right front one on the front cylinder--that one was just shy of finger tight! The guy i bought the bike from indicated that it had a top end job done. I bet that the nuts weren't re-torqued after the first start-up.

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Might be a good idea to get a torque wrench on the head bolts before you take a rip down the road.
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Yes, I checked the head bolts and they were OK.
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My solution for base nuts was a crow's foot set at a 90-degree angle to the torque wrench handle. Keeps your torque reading reasonably accurate that way.
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my solution for base nuts was a crow's foot set at a 90-degree angle to the torque wrench handle. Keeps your torque reading reasonably accurate that way.
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I just noticed a leak from the front cylinder base gasket on my new '69 XLH. Aside from leaking oil, what other symptoms might come from this?

I haven't checked the tightness of the nuts as yet as I need to remove some components to get to the right side nuts. I noticed that the front right nut is difficult to get a socket onto as it is extremely close to the fins.Any tips?

Also, if tightening doesn't help and I need to replace the gasket , will the front head clear the frame?
Is this a stroker engine? Anything greater than 4.5 inch stroke will have the oil return holes lowered. If the base nuts are not torqued to 35 to 40 ft lbs they will leak. Head bolts require 75 ft lbs.
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