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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-18-2006, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Head Gasket Replacement

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It's official; I must replace the head gasket. My question is, do I need to pull the engine to do this job? Any special advice? I am going to order a gasket kit so I have everything.

Problem: steady drip from the front of the front cylinder, behind the radiator.

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I hate to be the one to tell you this, You have to pull the engine to get the heads off. Another bad note for you, Kawasaki doesn't sell gasket sets anymore. I tried to get one from Ron Ayers and got an e-mail telling me they were no longer available. You might want to pull your fuel tank and make sure the fluid isn't coming from one of the hoses at the thermostat housing.
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Couldnt he get a gasket kit from the dealer??.
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Well, this is truly bad news indeed. I am looking at Kawasaki’s website right now and comparing the part numbers to that of ron ayars and to add to the complications, my vn700 actually has a different head gasket than vn750's. The chances of me finding a head gasket made for an engine only produced one year, 21 years ago, only adds to the problem. I will make several phone calls tomorrow and update you on the situation.

New questions: What are my options? Has anyone used oil stop leak additives with success? Any other fancy methods of getting a gasket to stop leaking? Doesn't have to be perfect. As always, thanks for your time guys.

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I wouldn't recommend "stop leak" products...based on my experience if they work, they only work temporarily and the same gunk that sticks in the hole in the gasket sticks everywhere else too. So not only do you have to still replace the gasket, but now you have a huge mess to clean up too.

You could buy gasket material and make your own. I guess that would mean you'd have to have a pattern or good gasket to trace though.

It's a long shot but you could just try a bunch of different parts suppliers and hope one has 'em in stock. Might get lucky.
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Try your local auto parts stores, sometimes they know people that make gaskets. I know you can buy a gasket cutting kit, and the gasket material.

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I would not recomend making your own Head gasket. As a mechanic by trade the head gasket is the most important and ususlly made with a metal lip on them to protect them from the compression and fire in a cylender. I haven't seen a 750 head gasket, but I have seen automotive gaskets made of metal or graphite covered matereal. With 10 to 1 or so compression you will probabley blow away the head gasket if you use the roll type.

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The head gasket for our bikes is metal. It has a real fine coating of something. I don't think you could make one.
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The head gasket for our bikes is metal. It has a real fine coating of something. I don't think you could make one.
OH. Nevermind.

Wait! what about JB Weld?

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