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Any experience on how difficult this might be of a replacement? Anyone willing to help me out with this replacement? I'll treat you to lunch and a case of beer

I don't have most of the tools, and was just looking for some advice as to whether this even looks like it should be replaced.

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July 18, 2013, 11:30 AM

Looks like the lower cylinder gasket. It's a big job, you'll need to treat the person to Ruth's Crist...... a few times, lol. On the positive side, the bikes air cooled and a twin, so, it's definitely do-able in the back yard with basic tools and a piston ring clamp tool.
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Looks like the lower cylinder gasket. It's a big job, you'll need to treat the person to Ruth's Crist...... a few times, lol. On the positive side, the bikes air cooled and a twin, so, it's definitely do-able in the back yard with basic tools and a piston ring clamp tool.
Oh man. Don't have a piston ring clamp tool. Think it's something serious or I can get by with some light riding as long as I'm not redlining it or any highway driving?
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July 18, 2013, 11:35 AM

Looks like it might be the base gasket, which would be a pain in the ass. (Remove seat, tank, airbox, carbs, exhaust, valve cover, camshafts, head, and cylinders, then replace. Definitely more than lunch )

How much oil does it leak? I would think having this done would cost about what the bike's worth. If it doesn't leak too badly, I'd leave it. Then again, it might be something else that's easier to fix - hard to tell just from a picture.

Edit: You guys posted while I was typing, but it's pretty much what he said. You don't necessarily need a piston ring compressor, but it makes it a bit easier.

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Looks like it might be the base gasket, which would be a pain in the ass. (Remove seat, tank, airbox, carbs, exhaust, valve cover, camshafts, head, and cylinders, then replace. Definitely more than lunch )

How much oil does it leak? I would think having this done would cost about what the bike's worth. If it doesn't leak too badly, I'd leave it. Then again, it might be something else that's easier to fix - hard to tell just from a picture.
It really isn't that much. I cleaned it off this morning and rode about 5 miles to the gym, and didn't have any. On the way back I redlined it just for comparison, I did have a small amount. I'll keep an eye on it and the oil levels and go from there I guess.

Thanks for the input. I paid 1100 for the bike, so it really doesn't seem worth it for a whole rebuild.
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It really isn't that much. I cleaned it off this morning and rode about 5 miles to the gym, and didn't have any. On the way back I redlined it just for comparison, I did have a small amount. I'll keep an eye on it and the oil levels and go from there I guess.

Thanks for the input. I paid 1100 for the bike, so it really doesn't seem worth it for a whole rebuild.
NOPE. Just ride it and keep an eye on the oil level. Dont let it over accumulate and drip too much though or its going on your back tire.
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July 18, 2013, 11:49 AM

Try re-torquing the head cylinder/head bolts. It could possibly help out a little if they are out of spec. Easy to do and worth a shot.

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It really isn't that much. I cleaned it off this morning and rode about 5 miles to the gym, and didn't have any. On the way back I redlined it just for comparison, I did have a small amount. I'll keep an eye on it and the oil levels and go from there I guess.

Thanks for the input. I paid 1100 for the bike, so it really doesn't seem worth it for a whole rebuild.
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If you want to tackle this, find a manual online and you can also rent Piston Clampers free from Advanceauto or Autozone.

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Oh man. Don't have a piston ring clamp tool. Think it's something serious or I can get by with some light riding as long as I'm not redlining it or any highway driving?
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Hello fellow Redditor! I saw that on r/motorcycles this morning. Looks like a pain in the ass job TBH! GL with it!
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NOPE. Just ride it and keep an eye on the oil level. Dont let it over accumulate and drip too much though or its going on your back tire.
I just cleaned up the accumulation from todays ride, was only a little oil. Oil levels seem fine, and I'll keep an eye on it. Thank.

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Try re-torquing the head cylinder/head bolts. It could possibly help out a little if they are out of spec. Easy to do and worth a shot.
Will do. I was looking at those earlier and they seem a little loose, can't hurt to tighten those up. Thanks.
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I remember test riding this bike and saw the leaks at the front and back of the engine.

Can you confirm it is not the tach cable leaking vs cylinder gasket?


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I remember test riding this bike and saw the leaks at the front and back of the engine.

Can you confirm it is not the tach cable leaking vs cylinder gasket?
I have not checked the tach cable, but I will do so shortly
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Make sure you know where the leak is actually coming from. Some times a Leaking Valve Cover gasket will drip down and accumulate on the lower part of the engine. Valve cover gaskets are fairly simple to replace.

Clean it real well, and keep your eye on it. Air cooled engines are much more forgiving since you don't have to worry about coolant mixing in your oil due to a bad seal.


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July 18, 2013, 01:16 PM

Good point about the tach cable, Blk.

I was trying to think of what else it could be and forgot that was up there. I'd be surprised if it were the valve cover gasket since it would have to be leaking pretty bad to be dripping all the way down to where it is. Still a good idea to clean everything well and pinpoint the source of the leak
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July 18, 2013, 03:40 PM

I used to have a GS500. That does look like it could be from the tach cable which is prone to coming loose.

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Try re-torquing the head cylinder/head bolts. It could possibly help out a little if they are out of spec. Easy to do and worth a shot.

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Will do. I was looking at those earlier and they seem a little loose, can't hurt to tighten those up. Thanks.
You have to remove the valve cover. There are four more bolts within the head.


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