Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Head work
I would first do a compression test to see if any one cylinder shows any significant drop, then if one does a leak down test will far better lead you to most likely problem area. Neither test will detect anything wrong with valve guide seals though.
I would think from my experiences that it is more likely to be a ring problem than valve guide seals though. I once replaced my valve guide seals (at 90,000 miles) only to find that they were fine, and I actually had broken ring lands on the pistons.
Removing the head on the LT is an easy job, and nothing strange about putting it back on, just get a manual first. I removed the head, pistons, and crankshaft on my LT once, very easy engine to work on, no need to remove it from the bike, even to remove the crank.
Here is what it looked like:
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.