Wondered if I can re-use a head gasket if I'd installed as new OEM (with head torqued to spec BUT motor never ran with it yet)? Had to remove head and again re-install due to replacing a bent valve. Normally if questionable, I'd replace it BUT money is tight. Thoughts anyone? Thanks!
I would. I'm using a head gasket I replaced a year before. I used copper spray and have had to retorque it a few times. I'd rather have new but it was a choice of riding or not. I'll be replacing it this time around.
Not sure what'd happened, installed head and cams per FSM, insured timing was spot on, insured valve shims were correct. When checking compression had noticed cyl #4 with NO compression. Insured valve wasn't hanging open due to possible shim problem. Pulled head and valves....used cordless drill to check for bent valves. Found one. Looked at piston, no evidence.
Any specific copper spray recommended? Much thanks!!