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Thread: torque spec/tips on valve gasket and some extra questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rijko View Post
    ....BTW a guy like Steve who does this professionally and *really* knows his stuff
    is someone to listen to.
    Don’t I know it! If not for him and a few other very helpful gentlemen on this forum, I probably would have given up on my bike long ago.

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    “You will probably strip that thread next time.”

    yes, I made a note to check all before reinstalling cover next time....if there is a next time for me with this coronavirus stuff! I like to leave the next guy no surprises!
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    The universal rule for stripping threads is as follows:-

    Not using the bike for weeks..... no threads will strip
    Using the bike come whatever may in the morning.... stupid thread will strip
    Part that needs to stay put or stay sealed.......will definitely strip but only if you don't have time to fix it
    When you forget something and need to strip the offending part off and re-do the job...…guaranteed to strip

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    Hello, all...if I need to start a different thread, let me know. In cranking up my ‘80 GS1100L a couple of weeks ago, in prep for getting her ready to sell, after running up the street and back, I noticed some oil leaking from the valve cover gasket, right in the center. So, I’ve removed everything, and cleaning the old gasket and sealant off the valve cover (and especially) the engine was a pain. So...just want to be sure...am I to coat the gasket on both sides with sealant (of course I will the half moons; I have used the ThreeBond liquid gasket), or install dry (except for the half moons), or other suggestions? Just want to make sure I do it right.

    PS ..and no blue thread lock on the cover bolts, correct?
    Steedracer
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    1980 GS1100LT......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steedracer View Post
    Hello, all...if I need to start a different thread, let me know. In cranking up my ‘80 GS1100L a couple of weeks ago, in prep for getting her ready to sell, after running up the street and back, I noticed some oil leaking from the valve cover gasket, right in the center. So, I’ve removed everything, and cleaning the old gasket and sealant off the valve cover (and especially) the engine was a pain. So...just want to be sure...am I to coat the gasket on both sides with sealant (of course I will the half moons; I have used the ThreeBond liquid gasket), or install dry (except for the half moons), or other suggestions? Just want to make sure I do it right.

    PS ..and no blue thread lock on the cover bolts, correct?
    I've hijacked my share of threads here and there, but generally speaking it's good form to start your own thread that has to do with you're particular issue. That said, people are fairly loose around here and may answer your question/s regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steedracer View Post
    Hello, all...if I need to start a different thread, let me know. In cranking up my ‘80 GS1100L a couple of weeks ago, in prep for getting her ready to sell, after running up the street and back, I noticed some oil leaking from the valve cover gasket, right in the center. So, I’ve removed everything, and cleaning the old gasket and sealant off the valve cover (and especially) the engine was a pain. So...just want to be sure...am I to coat the gasket on both sides with sealant (of course I will the half moons; I have used the ThreeBond liquid gasket), or install dry (except for the half moons), or other suggestions? Just want to make sure I do it right.

    PS ..and no blue thread lock on the cover bolts, correct?
    Put the gasket on dry and a thin layer of threebond on the cover rim. This will stick the gasket to the cover so that it can be reused when the cover is next removed. Yes, threebond on the halfmoons.
    And definitely no loctite on the cover screws.

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    Perfect, GregT. Thank you so much.
    Steedracer
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    1980 GS1100LT......
    1974 Yamaha DT360 Enduro
    1975 Kawasaki KE125
    1973 Kawasaki G4TR
    1967 Honda Cub 50

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