Thread: Gasket question
03-23-2009, 04:42 PM #1
Well winter's over and before i drop in my 08 1300 i have some stuff i want to do to it (esp. since my warranty is basically up). First i want to take out the cat and throw in a D plate, and i figure while i have the stinger off it'd be a good time to throw on a high flow flame arrestor and the jetworks mod. Now i'm a honda mechanic and rarely ever do i not re-use gaskets, and i know the service manual says the stinger gaskets are not reusable, but on riva they're like 20-30 bucks a piece...WTF? This seems pretty rediculous because i get the vibe you guys basically pull the stinger off when you're bored, and i can't imagine spending 50-70 bucks worth in gaskets just to put it back on....
03-23-2009, 04:55 PM #2
i didn't change out my stinger gasket. i used my head gasket about 3-4 times before i got a new one. gaskets i dont reuse are base gaskets and intake gaskets. but that's just me. i just make sure they're clean before i reinstall them.
03-23-2009, 04:55 PM #3
You can reuse if they are in good shape. I like to shoot them with copper coat.
03-23-2009, 05:00 PM #4
You can absolutely re-use them, as long as they are not damaged.
When I re-install them I coat them with a permatex product called copper spray-a-gasket, never had a problem.
03-23-2009, 05:05 PM #5
03-23-2009, 05:13 PM #6
03-23-2009, 06:47 PM #7
oh good call on the copper spray, i've used that before and totally forgot. But considering its an 08 i'm sure the gaskets can't be that worn. Now for me to jack my own post....
I've been reading some guys say the jetworks mod should have an aftermarket grate and pump seal kit installed as well. I don't have a problem with that, however i've been reading about grates for 3 hours and i think i'm more confused now then when i started. So obviously i want it to be reliable and not kill me. I ride mostly little chop on a lake, and usually just cruise, and do a few WOT runs. Which grate can i get to throw on it and not have to worry about it shattering to pieces? Also, figured i'd do a ride plate at the same time. Unfortunately i don't have the cash for the shred, so what's a good alternative?
03-23-2009, 07:36 PM #8
03-23-2009, 07:56 PM #9
I disagree with you guys, and never reuse a head gasket especially.. They are embossed and part of the sealing is the crushing of the embossed area. Once crushed, it wont crush the same again.. Kinda like a crush sleeve on a rear diff pinion gear..
If you reuse a head gasket, it can leak compression and you wont know it. One guy here local was down on speed, and found out it was his reused head gasket leaking compression.
If it doesnt leak compression, it can leak water into the cylinder, and we all know what that can cost you..
03-24-2009, 06:24 AM #10
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