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Question Exhaust Gasket Questions

1) Do the gaskets need replaced every time they're removed? Or have you been able to reuse them at least once?

Read here that there's a flat side that faces the engine...

2) Do they crush when tightened down? Also read about the Harley gaskets being better than Kawi.

Trying to decide if I should order some or wait and see if I need them first.

3) Do these look like the correct gasket? The ad says they fit a large number of engines, from 70s 2-strokes up to late model tourers.

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1)Everyone I have ever spoken to has said you need to change them when you remove them. So that's what I have always done.

2) Harleys gaskets and clamps seem to me to be more robust then our Kawi's do. I have switched over to them.

3) and you can get the oem ones from
http://www.kawasakipartshouse.com/oe...27fd/muffler-s

Part number 11060 5 bucks each
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Those in the pic are $10 for four, but I haven't taken mine off yet, so I don't know what they look like.

If they don't crush, seems like they should be good for a couple of rounds.
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they are called crush washers because thats what they do is crush down to fill the imperfections and make an air tight seal fo there is no exhaust leak so yes they are supposed to be replaced every time

however i have had my same pipes of a few times and havent replaced them yet i did get new ones when i ordered my vance and hines pipes though

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Do those in the pic look like the new ones you have?
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I had my exhaust off and re-used the ones I got, did not seem to leak or sound funny - so i am going to stick with it.

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yeah they are the right shape lol

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Id still replace them if I were you.. If you interested,, I believe this is the Harley part number

17048-98

Cheapest I found the OEM's btw 4.38

http://www.partzilla.com/parts/detai...FUZV4AodhxYAKw

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This is a clearer view of the gasket. If you notice, it has a definite ridge on one side. I couldn't tell if the ones you displayed have this ridge or not.

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These are the Harley gaskets I use...for Evos...Ive taken on/off countless times...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200856263369...f75ac9&vxp=mtr

http://www.americansportbike.com/sho...show/5931.html

I get em for $3.50 each...tapered side towards pipe...

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