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    Front Valve Cover Install Tips?

    I've been slooooowly doing a valve adjustment on my Hawk.

    Then the valve cover gaskets. Tried to do things (mostly) right and bought new rubber gaskets. Didn't do "right" enuf, and got Ebay specials.
    It took a loooong time to clean out the red Permatex from the cover flanges, but I did. I applied gasket adhesive and fitted the gasket to one cover. Discovered that rubber must cost a lot in China, and the gasket is ever-so-slightly too small, so it pulls in. I cleaned up the old gaskets. They are ever-so-slightly big, so the outer flanges hold the gaskets in place, instead of pulling off to the inside.

    I got the rear cover in place (no torque spec was found in the manual) after removing the fuel line from the little hanger beside the rear tank mount.

    I tried to put the front cover on but failed. I knew it was going to be tough, the way I had to work it off it dragged over the valve gear wasn't any better trying to put it on.
    I 'm going to draft my wife to hold the hoses and thermostat housing up and hopefully out of the way enuf to get the cover on without displacing the glued gasket.

    Any hints to get that front cover on with the gasket in place?

    Glue the gasket on the valve cover with a little 3Bond and be careful.

    Also: 7.2 ft•lbs for your valve cover bolt.
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      Originally Posted by ParcNHawk View Post
      Glue the gasket on the valve cover with a little 3Bond and be careful.

      Also: 7.2 ft•lbs for your valve cover bolt.
      finger tight then 1/16 turn with wrench
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        I to use wires to hold things out of the way as much as possible. Also when doing the valves I might as well put new coolant in so that idea helps get the radiator out of the way. Seems like it is turning into about every 3 years to get the miles on it to do the valves since I have another bike to ride now. I have only gotten valve cover gaskets from Hord and the have worked well each time.
        88 Blue Hawk (bike #39), 89 Red Hawk, 2021 Rebel 1100 (bike 41) Some Past/sold in reverse order:,FZ09,97 Magna #1&2 , 97 VFR750F, 87 VFR400R, 88 Hawk, 86 SRX 600, 77 RD400, 79 CB650, 04 VFR, 88 Blue Hawk, 89 Red Hawk, Yamaha SRX600, Harley 1200C, Yamaha RD400, Harley 883R, Yamaha 750 triple, Vlx600, Honda 450, Honda 400, CB550F, Kawasaki H1, BMW R69US, Yamaha R5C 350, Honda 160, Bridgestone 175, 1950 Harley 74 w/sidecar, 65 Harley 250 Sprint, 1948 Harley and my 1st bike-1941 Harley 74 knucklehead my dad gave in1963.


          I unbolt the radiator and the fan to give me a little more room. I leave all the hoses connected.
          Brian - Richland, WA
          1991 Hawk GT
          1997 VFR



            My wife held the mess of plumbing out of the way, and I placed the cover on from the front with no interference!


            And thanks for the cover torque spec!