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Cylinder Mid Gasket

Can you reuse the mid gaskets?
They are metal and I am assuming you can't .......

I can't find them anywhere online except those overpriced online parts places... for around $40

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Also found out the engine on this bike is from a JUNKYARD :'(
Not the original engine....

I think I've been screwed out of $1000
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Try finding the part number and looking it up on eBay. You might get lucky.

I would say, due to the importance of the integrity of the engine, when in doubt, buy it new.
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http://www.partzilla.com/parts/detai...1004-1135.html
$28.82 after shipping...

best one i could find, but ... is it coming from the US (does anyone know?) and is this a good place to get hard to find parts like this?
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Can you reuse the mid gaskets?
They are metal and I am assuming you can't .......
Hello, Newrider?

He can answer this, I believe.
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Partzilla is my preference.
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I've been riding 3 years, almost 4 ... unless you meant someone by the handle of Newrider :P

I have a trip in mid June I absolutely must get this bike ready for so time constraints are getting tighter it seems.


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Alright, i'll get that part from them then and hopefully I won't need anything else to get this thing up and running again.
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In my opinion head gaskets should never ever ever ever ever be reused. They are compressed when installed, and cannot be reused since it is already flattened.

It will run, yes. But tragedy will soon follow in my opinion
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... unless you meant someone by the handle of Newrider :P

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Newrider is the first part of his username. He is a professional mechanic and I remember him posting about the re-use of gaskets.
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I do believe that Newrider posted before on other threads that tehy can be reused if their not in too bad shape. Also, be sure that they go back onto the same cylinder that they came off of. Furthermore, it would also be a god idea give the bolts/nuts a few extra pounds of torque to be sure you get a good seal, but don't over do it, especially on the small 10mm bolts and nuts.

That being said, I would think that the best option would be to replace, especially if the gaskets have been in there awhile and you have the $$$ to spend on new ones.

......I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere then in any city on earth.

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