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post #1 of 8 Old Jan 15th, 2014, 5:07 pm Thread Starter
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I have a 1996 R1100R new to me with 47k on the clock, and it has a head gasket drip. Would it be proper to re torque or should it be changed?
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post #2 of 8 Old Jan 16th, 2014, 7:32 am
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Are you sure it is the head gasket? It is more likely the valve cover gaskets.

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I believe it is the head gasket it is the second gasket in from the outside. I wish it was just the valve cover gasket. But it does appear to be coming from the cam chain area of the head. Not from the black plastic cover but from the head.

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I believe it is the head gasket it is the second gasket in from the outside. I wish it was just the valve cover gasket. But it does appear to be coming from the cam chain area of the head. Not from the black plastic cover but from the head.

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I'm inclined to agree with your assessment. I'm sorry but it sounds like you've got a little project ahead of you. If it were me, I think I would change the valve cover gasket and clean it up underneath and see if that fixes the leak. I think the chances are tiny it would fix but it takes about 5 minutes and it's probably due anyway. I doubt simply re-torquing the head would fix the leak (unless it has somehow gotten loose).

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So the question of re-torque, Can it handle one re-torque without any issues? Or with it stretch or brake the studs? I'm thinking it may stretch the studs (hopefully just microns) and not be a big issue. Thoughts????
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So the question of re-torque, Can it handle one re-torque without any issues? Or with it stretch or brake the studs? I'm thinking it may stretch the studs (hopefully just microns) and not be a big issue. Thoughts????
A friend of mine has an 1100RT and had the same problem at the head gasket. He tried to re torque, which didn't damage anything, but it didn't fix the problem either.. The bike still ran fine so he decided to just live with it, as it was just a tiny leak.

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A friend of mine has an 1100RT and had the same problem at the head gasket. He tried to re torque, which didn't damage anything, but it didn't fix the problem either.. The bike still ran fine so he decided to just live with it, as it was just a tiny leak.

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I think that is what I have come to. Just live with it for now. The bike runs good. The only up grade I will do for now is to put the new style cam chain tensioner on the left jug to eliminate the dreaded chain slap. I think that is the best thing that I can do for it right now.
Thanks for the insights for those of you that have answered.
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Head gaskets that old that leak aren't going to reseal with a retorque- waste of effort. If you want it fixed you're going to need to replace it.
Not a terrible job but does have a few pitfalls if you've never torn a boxer apart- just like pretty much any other motor. Make sure you understand them first.
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