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Torqued head gaskets then had to remove them.. thoughts?

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Well i got the engine back together on my 1985 vn700, but before i put the head covers back on, i looked at the timing and didn't like what i saw, so i pulled the heads back off. Did i ruin my brand new head gaskets?? They were torqued, no heat or anything? Do i need to order new ones?? Thoughts?

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Should be fine, won't know unless you try them. I'm assuming no visible damage when u removed them

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Should be fine, won't know unless you try them. I'm assuming no visible damage when u removed them
I replaced my water pump on my volvo this weekend and kept getting leaks. Only had one gasket so cut the other two tries out of a cereal box. That seems to have worked great so far.

Can you do that with a head gasket if you needed too? Just wondering.

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Hello all,
Well i got the engine back together on my 1985 vn700, but before i put the head covers back on, i looked at the timing and didn't like what i saw, so i pulled the heads back off. Did i ruin my brand new head gaskets?? They were torqued, no heat or anything? Do i need to order new ones?? Thoughts?

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If you didn't buckle or damage them,and they go back the way they came off,all should be good.

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To Goofy foot. No cereal box head gaskets allowed. If your stuck and need a week or two, you could try a product called Chemi weld in the Radiator,may hold for a while. Allowing the head is still on.

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Never put any of that crap in your radiator! Does more harm than good really.

Nope your head gaskets have metal surfaces around the cylinder that are critical.

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hmm... thanks for all the replies everyone!! some people have told me that since they were torqued down, they wouldn't use them again, and would buy new ones.. i really don't wan't to buy new ones (again) but i'd sure hate to put the engine back in just to find out i have to pull it again and get new head gaskets anyway.. ugh...
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I would re use them, just make sure you put em back on the same way they came off ie, don't swap or flip them.


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