My friends EVO has a little leak, its sweating at the basegasket on the rear cyl. So we are going to try and retorque the headbolts. I'm looking for opinions on this as I don't think it is gonna help much.
Thats what I've been doing for a bit but now it seems that I have to take brake cleaner to the engine once a week and I get oil that blows back on my exhaust and it just looks horrible. I would like to get it mostly fixes so that I didn't have to clean so much oil off my bike. I don't mind leaving my mark where ever I go just hate having burnt oil on my chrome.just ride it.take a paper towel and wipe it once a month.so it seeps,so what.been riding 45 years every thing fron a 1951 pan to a 2003 flhtcui.at some point they ALL leak.just ride it,enjoy it. just my .02cents FLAME SUIT IS ON as if i care:nod
I have this same problem, This is my first bike and I love it but tired of leaving my oil mark every where I go. Mine is leaking from the front only and I am for now only going to replace that one. Could anyone help me out a little and give me a list of tool that would be required for this job? I don't want to start it until I have everything I need to finish it.
Yup got that on the way, I have a good Craftsman torque wrench and some other basic tools. I have never torn down a bike engine and it has been a while since I've torn down a V8 and have none of the special tools that I used when I did that. Mostly just looking for a list of special tools that I might need so I don't get the head pulled off and have to make an hour drive (1 way) to town to get a tool I need to do my next step. Will the Service manual have a break down of special tools needed for a job?[/B]
The most important tool you're going to need for that job is the factory service manual .
Ha Ha Ha , good one Dave ... how do ya figure to get it around the con rod ? HeHeHe !Schmidty......can you slip that gasket over the studs, under the piston and jugs and never take the cylinder completely off, exposing the rings, and having to re-install the rings into the cylinders?
no no Front piston base gasket is what I am working on... I will replace the rocker gaskets and all others that I am taking off because I'll have it apart.That info is in the manual . From your first post it sounds like you're just replacing the rocker cover gaskets which is no big deal , basic hand tools plus the torque wrench . I would recommend doing both front and rear cylinders while you're at it though .
Hey thanks! My plan is to take pictures of every step that way when I mess up I can upload my pics and ask for help :knowThe only "special" tools I can think of is a ring compressor that can be removed by opening it. Regular ones open, but you'll have the jugs over the pistons.
If you're replacing the rings, you'll need to check ring-gap, and a ring grinder is a good tool to have to do that, and not screw them up. A cutting wheel (ubber thin) on a die grinder will work in a pinch, but make sure to grind the ring straight and true.
Make sure your head studs are tight in the block.
Good torque wrench. (You have already)
The rest is:
Replace base gaskets.
Install pushrods. (keep them in order. They're color coded for each placement.)
Longest one in the front exhaust, second longest one in the rear exhaust, and the 2 shorter ones goe in the middle for the intakes.
Install rocker arm shafts.
Install rocker boxes.
Install intake with new intake seals.
Put all other crap on.