Exhaust Manifold Gaskets.

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by billd76, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. billd76

    billd76 New Member

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    Morning all, I just finished doing a visual inspection of my cam chain tensioner shoes on my 06 RG. Shoes are still good to go. I did not have to completely remove the exhaust, but did have to drop the front header pipe put of the gasket. Should I replace that gasket or can they be reused? I know the gaskets are cheap, just wondering if I need to worry about actually replacing it. By the way bike has close to 37k, Shoes are only slightly worn, but do feel better having checked them. I figure I'll be ready for another bike by the time they need to be replaced. I run red line Synthetic in all three holes.
     
  2. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    If you have the pipe off why not swap the exhaust gasket. Easy to do it now.
    kemo
     
  3. maduxfn31

    maduxfn31 Member

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    the gaskets are pretty durable aslong as there are no imperfections in it should be fine
     
  4. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    If it were me - I'd replace the gasket. Even though they're fairly durable, 37K miles & if you loosened the bolts why not spend the extra couple of $$$'s for added surety.
     
  5. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    Kemo said it all.
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Ditto new gaskets are cheap insurance against leaks and burnt valves
     
  7. ghostrider2008

    ghostrider2008 Member

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    Always change out a gasket when you have the chance. Also I would go with a Stock gasket vs the SE types. Less chance of leaks.
     
  8. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    I am with you 100% on the performance exhaust gaskets ghostrider, for all the hype you read on the internet from so called performance engine builders about don't use stock exhaust gaskets, I started using the S/E performance gaskits when they first came out but after years running bikes on the dyno with & without, I never use them unless requested, the stock ones seal so much better and that tinny little bit they might squash inwards have never shown up in the numbers I have run, but I build bikes for the street, not the strip.
     
  9. billd76

    billd76 New Member

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    Thanks all, put her back together last night. temps are supposed to hit 50 this weekend in our area! ready to ride!! It has been a long hard winter!