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tips and suggestions for replacing exhaust gaskets

Got my OEM Kaw. gaskets in today and was wondering if anyone had any tips or tricks in installing. Know the flat side of the gasket goes towards the manifold, while the slightly tapered side goes towards the manifold pipe.

Anything??? This is my latest endeavor to eliminate the deceleration popping...

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First off... Everyone I know uses Harley gaskets...Perhaps someone has the part number handy?

I always put a bit of bearing grease on the gasket to help hold it in place ... It burns off after a few hard miles.

But yeah, serious about the HD gaskets..

Edit... HD part # 17048-98 ....knew I had it somewhere....


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already ordered and have the Kaw OEM gaskets...

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i used the kawi ones aswell what I do is put a film of copper sealant in the head port before i stick the gasket in the raised pyramid section faces out towards your exhaust pipe so when you bolt it down it will crush the gasket against the pipe to fill in any deformity
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Well, I had both in my Vulcan.. A kawasaki gasket with the Harley one on top of it. Never leaked.... Just needed the extra 0.10 of an inch to clear the highway bar I made.

But yeah, if you do have a leak the Harley ones are better.


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are the exhaust gaskets just round ring-like gaskets? Sorry, I'm used to exhaust gaskets on cars, I had a completely different image in my head, so I just want to make sure I don't order something else.
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Got my OEM Kaw. gaskets in today and was wondering if anyone had any tips or tricks in installing. Know the flat side of the gasket goes towards the manifold, while the slightly tapered side goes towards the manifold pipe.

Anything??? This is my latest endeavor to eliminate the deceleration popping...
The only advice I can give from experience is to spray the nuts/bolts with PB Blaster and go slow when removing them. If you meet a lot of resistance, use the PB Blaster more and work the nut back and forth until it is removed.

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are the exhaust gaskets just round ring-like gaskets? Sorry, I'm used to exhaust gaskets on cars, I had a completely different image in my head, so I just want to make sure I don't order something else.
Like a little copper donut.

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Like a little copper donut.
lol nicely put! No wonder they are far less expensive than what I expected
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2 X on what Knifemaker said....the harley gaskets are much better....I had trouble with seating up the Kaw gaskets on my V&H Cruzers......grease holds them just fine. It usually all burns off during the first bike warm up after install.
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