Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
No need to use hign temp red!
I was flying home yesterday, so did not see this until this morning.
I use Permatex Ultra Black sealant on just about everything.
I do re-use the valve cover gaskets 2-3 times. As long as they are flexible and not damaged any way, they are fine. I had over 100,000 miles on my last LT, re-used gaskets at least 3 times, never had an oil leak from any joint or gasket other than the early one where the dealer had to re-seal the timing cover. I had the timing cover off a few times myself, always re-sealed it with Permatex Ultra Black.
I only put a tiny dab of sealant at the corners of the half moon cutouts in the head front and back, and on the two joints at front where the timing cover mates with the head. There is NO need to put sealant anywhere else on the gasket. These type of gaskets seal well with no sealant at all where they are flat, but small leaks can develop anywhere they cross a seam or in any corners.
No need to use the HIGH TEMP sealants either, just plain silicone will do nicely. The high temp sealants are for things that get HOT, and are rated for over 500 degrees. If the head gets over 220, you have a big problem.
As Grif pointed out, be sure you get that front middle valve cover screw back and tightened! He and I both learned about that one the hard way.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.