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I am gathering parts for re-assembly of my bike and was wondering if I should buy new head bolts? Secondly is it a good or bad idea to use anti seize compound on them?...Leaving no stone unturned, Cosmo
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Hi CosmoTG,

Reuse them and put a dollop of anti disc brake seize/copper grease on them...

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... Reuse them and put a dollop of anti disc brake seize/copper grease on them ...
This is because the difference between regular anti-seize and anti disc brake seize/copper grease is: ?????
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I was wondering the same thing...and how much is a dollop? ...Cosmo
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The copper based anti-seize is often used for spark plug applications and can withstand high temps. But, I just went to McMaster-Carr's website and they list all sorts of anti-seize lubricants, copper based, aluminum, stainless, nickel, lead, etc. and pretty much all of them have high temp capability. I'd imagine any anti-seize compound would work on headbolts. I usually smear enough to give a light coating to about half of the bolt threads, figuring it will work its way into all the threads as the bolt is tightened. You don't have to overdo it.

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I use an aluminum based anti-sieze because as everyone knows aluminum transfers heat very well and I have found it doesnt dry up as quick as for example a copper based .But like Eric they all can with stand Hi temps.
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