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Head Gaskets

All 8 valve head gaskets that are supplied are now a metal type approx. 0.5m thick. Early bikes have composite type gaskets approx 1.1mm thick. Hence, if you are replacing an old type gasket you must also fit the replace the barrel base shim with thicker one to compensate. There is a 1mm thick gasket available for this purpose. I had to replace the main bearings on an engine that had its original thick gaskets replaced with thin ones without the thicker base shims. There was evidence that the piston had just been touching the cylinder head too. A bit too close for comfort.




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