Valve Cover Gasket

Dave Daniels dwaynedaniels at
Mon May 28 16:11:59 PDT 2007

I don't know about everybody else, but I used silicone sealant on mine and had no leaks. If you do, don't use the red, use the brown stuff so it doesn't show as much. I think whether or not you get new gaskets just depends on the condition of the old ones. If they're dry and getting weathered looking, probably best to replace them. Mine looked ok to me so I reused and put the sealant on. It worked for me.

Jeffrey Markham <automan25 at> wrote:  Well, I adjusted the valves on my GPz. The engine still runs so I guess that's good news. The valve cover gasket is now leaking however. I reused the old gasket and put silicone sealant on the upper edges of the gasket and the lower edges of the valve cover. Same for the spark plug shaft gaskets. Those are probably leaking as well though I haven't stripped it all down to take a look. I'm a little too frustrated to do that right now; I'm sick of working on the bike, I just want to ride. Anyway, how do I fix this? Should I get a new gasket(s)? Should I use silicone sealant at all? Any thoughts would be helpful.


-Jeff Markham

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