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Author Topic: Pretty Honda Head Gasket leaking from one side only  (Read 238 times)

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Re: Pretty Honda Head Gasket leaking from one side only
« Reply #10 on: Today at 20:09:15 »
That's way too high. The top end can be done in the frame.

well there was talk of changing the pistons cam chain and cam chain guide, valve seals etc.
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1977 Kawa KZ750 Twin
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Re: Pretty Honda Head Gasket leaking from one side only
« Reply #11 on: Today at 20:29:05 »
Im going to try and re torque and see if that does anything. if not, then I will rebuild the top end. New cam chain, tensioner, pistons, piston rings, the whole deal. May as well.

That will cost you at least the $1500 that was quoted if they fit an endless cam chain which requires the crank out of the cases.

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Re: Pretty Honda Head Gasket leaking from one side only
« Reply #12 on: Today at 21:19:27 »
 How many miles are on it? Does it smoke or burn oil?
 Why would they do all that for a weepy head gasket?
 Valve stem seals are about $2 each.

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Re: Pretty Honda Head Gasket leaking from one side only
« Reply #13 on: Today at 21:31:31 »
How many miles are on it? Does it smoke or burn oil?
 Why would they do all that for a weepy head gasket?
 Valve stem seals are about $2 each.

24k miles. STRONG bike.
Pulls hard.
Does not burn oil
Lossa baffleless exhaust is loud as hell

All that is wrong is a leaking gasket or o-ring.

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1973 Honda CB 500F
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Re: Pretty Honda Head Gasket leaking from one side only
« Reply #14 on: Today at 21:44:41 »
 No way in the world I'd let them do all that work then.
 

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Re: Pretty Honda Head Gasket leaking from one side only
« Reply #15 on: Today at 21:49:12 »
No way in the world I'd let them do all that work then.

They wont know until they get in there if anything else needs addressing. Its kind of annoying. But for now. when I ride the bike (I wont ride it too much over summer but I WILL ride it) i'll try your idea or the tampon idea and make sure the oil levels are ok.

Then, over winter it can be repaired.
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1977 Kawa KZ750 Twin
1972 Honda CB 750
1973 Honda CB 500F
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Re: Pretty Honda Head Gasket leaking from one side only
« Reply #16 on: Today at 22:03:57 »
 Just an FYI, for when they get in there: EVERY CB500/550 cam chain slipper and tensioner has tiny little stress cracks and wear grooves in them. They all do that. Unless it's just absolutely disintegrating, don't freak out over that. It's fine.

 I'd go for a head gasket, new pucks, lap the valves and install new valve stem seals....and run it for another 25k miles.

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Re: Pretty Honda Head Gasket leaking from one side only
« Reply #17 on: Today at 22:35:29 »
Just an FYI, for when they get in there: EVERY CB500/550 cam chain slipper and tensioner has tiny little stress cracks and wear grooves in them. They all do that. Unless it's just absolutely disintegrating, don't freak out over that. It's fine.

 I'd go for a head gasket, new pucks, lap the valves and install new valve stem seals....and run it for another 25k miles.

Will do. Im bummed its leaking but it should get me through the season. Any words of advice on that? Riding as is?
1977 Kawa KZ650
1977 Kawa KZ750 Twin
1972 Honda CB 750
1973 Honda CB 500F
1982 Honda CB 900F