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Hello,
Is there a tutorial out there on replacing the LT head gasket? What about the difficulty factor?
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Doug.
 

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No but it is not that hard. You do have to remove the radiators, throttle bodies, fuel rail, exhaust, timing cover, cam shafts and chain. I have yet to see one fail but I have removed mine for a re-ring and valve job. What makes you think the gasket has failed?
 
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No but it is not that hard. You do have to remove the radiators, throttle bodies, fuel rail, exhaust, timing cover, cam shafts and chain. I have yet to see one fail but I have removed mine for a re-ring and valve job. What makes you think the gasket has failed?
I know these bikes are known for excessive exhaust when cold. It just seemed last time I ran it there was a lot of steam in exhaust. Maybe didn't warmed up enough and it had been a while between starts (1999 43k miles). First I'll do compression and leak down tests. It's probably fine.
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The compression test will let you know if it is the cylinder walls. They all smoke when left on the side stand.
 

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I know these bikes are known for excessive exhaust when cold. It just seemed last time I ran it there was a lot of steam in exhaust. Maybe didn't warmed up enough and it had been a while between starts (1999 43k miles). First I'll do compression and leak down tests. It's probably fine.
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A primary byproduct of a catcon is water vapor so in cool, humid weather you can get a lot of steam.
 
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