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Gaskets 101 #54298 05/10/07 4:08 pm
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Hi Guys
I'm getting a little frustrated with my lack of progress on my machines. Got some engine assembly to do and thought I would ask the good membership if they always buy complete gasket sets ($$$), generic gasket paper, or do you use just gasket goo.
Just curious......


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Re: Gaskets 101 #54299 05/10/07 5:02 pm
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Yes, Yes and yes.


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Re: Gaskets 101 #54300 05/10/07 5:34 pm
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Smart A**!!!!!!


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Re: Gaskets 101 #54302 05/10/07 6:07 pm
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I usually try to start with a complete gasket set. Then, if I happen to keep a spare set around, it will get robbed for a pair of rockerbox gaskets or a primary gasket, etc. So, I end up ordewring 1/2 dozen primary gaskets. From time to time you'll be in a situation where an older gasket set (50s) won't have engine cover gaskets, you need to make one or order from a newer model that might work (like the tranny cover). If you can't find stock, you need to use form-a-gasket or Hylomar.


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Re: Gaskets 101 #54303 05/10/07 7:23 pm
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Oh stop. If your in it for the long haul, invest in several types of gasket paper and a decent set of hollow punches. For less than fifty bucks you should be set for a very long time it you must make a gasket. Punches do the job cleanly and correctly in a professional manner. If you have two of the same machines you might want to purchase the most often used gaskets for those machines in a ten pack. Usually available at a discount. Primary, outer gearbox, rocker box gaskets can be bought in quantity to save some coin. And when your buddy down the street needs a primary gasket for his unit 650 to make the Sunday ride, you will be a hero! Read and learn about gaskets below. Also a good supplier.

http://www.allstategasket.com/


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Re: Gaskets 101 #54304 05/10/07 8:52 pm
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Thanks John for that fullsome reply.
:bigt: :bigt: :bigt:
In all seriousness, this is another case of not looking at supplier's catalogs close enough. I never got beyond looking at the set I need for the motors. Never saw that you can order bulk. Call me crazy, or worse, but its just another casualty of being out of the britbikes for 20 years and coming back thinking you remember everything.
My bad.


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Re: Gaskets 101 #54305 05/11/07 9:21 am
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In my experience you will not get poor gaskets out of the regular USA dealers, other places you have to look at gasket paper brand marks, "Tesnit" and "Klinger" are good, "Kellogs" or unmarked paper are bad.
Good gasket site John.


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I've given up using gaskets on the Bonnie's primary. I just clean well with MEK, thin smear of silicone sealer on one face, nip the bolts and leave for a day then tighten properly. Never had a leak and easy to whip it off to sort out the never ending clutch problems!

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Again, if your in it for the long haul, for around ten bucks apiece you can buy assortments in those plastic compartmented boxes of O rings, grommets and the ultimate hero maker- the fiber washer assortment! Throw in a cotter pin assortment and your sitting fat! Granted, you might not have a use for half of what comes in the box, but not having to look behind your bench on the floor for one of these items is well worth the price. And if something does roll behind the bench, grab another from the box and just leave the other behind the bench to build your hidden stash!

And by the way, if your here reading this, your in it for the long haul. I haven't met anyone yet who told me " I use to be into Brit bikes. I just don't care for them anymore" The customary break to raise ones family is acceptable. But once the little darlings have left the nest, it's back to the task at hand. If you ever left to begin with.


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Something I have been doing with my primary cover gasket is use gasket cement on the cover and lightly grease the surface on the case. This way, you gasket comes off easily from the case and stays on the cover. Once you remove the cover, the gasket is out of your way and doesn't get damaged. You can reuse it many times.



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Re: Gaskets 101 #54309 05/11/07 12:32 pm
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Your right John. In addition to Britbikes, I also have a slight addition for those fastener cases with the plastic drawers full of screws, washers, cotter pins, and some stuff I still have to identify. Nothing wrong with expanding that to include some basic gasket supplies.
I did take a 20 year break from these things to get married and raise kids, but now the garage is my sanctuary where I retreat to do some wrenching. Its nice to be back to them, although it'll be some time before mine are running (the financial side of the family life continues to be a reality).


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I always keep plenty of spare gaskets around. nothing worse than waiting a week for gaskets to do a 2 hour job.
Whenever I place a parts order I always check my gasket drawer and stock up since I'm already paying shipping.
I buy a half dozen oil filters at a time too.


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What's an oil filter?

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Just an aside on gaskets. NEVER use silicon on the cylinder base gasket! Put it together dry. I made this mistake once on my '67 650 Bonnie, and after about 1500 miles on a total rebuild, the gasket started creeping out from between the jugs and the case, like 1/2" out! Needless to say, this resulted in taking it apart and installing a new gasket, dry. I hate taking apart an engine that runs well!

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What's an oil filter?
The NOPGS highly recommends the use of an in-line filter. It's the "you can see me now or you can see me later" kind of thinking.


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oil pressure gage [Linked Image] I haven't even had the light for 5 years laughing


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Re: Gaskets 101 #54315 05/11/07 7:37 pm
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Shel, you are not alone, the TRW was NOT so equipped from the factory!


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