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Old 07-26-2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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how hard is it to fit a new head gasket on 2004 R1200gs

I have just bought a damaged R1200gs 2004 from a insurance co that had been in a shed that caught fire, apart from some panel damage the bike looked not too bad.
After checking it over I decided I would try starting it and it fired up quite easy but it seems to be pouring out of oil and sounds like its leaking from the head gasket so I need to know how hard a job it is to replace the head gasket and check for warping etc .
I don't have a manuel yet but will buy one next week

solved my self by removing the left valve cover to find all the head nuts and tappet adjuster loose with 1 adjuster missing.
great way to hand over a bike and not say anything .
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:58 AM   #2
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I guess we know why he lit the shed fire. Insurance fraud maybe?
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:11 AM   #3
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"How hard is it to fit a new head gasket on 2004 R1200gs?"

Might be impossible since the R1200GS first year was 2005.




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Old 07-27-2013, 01:54 PM   #4
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"How hard is it to fit a new head gasket on 2004 R1200gs?"

Might be impossible since the R1200GS first year was 2005.




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Maybe in the US, but in Europe they came out in 04. Many of the 05 models were built in 04 as well.

The head gasket is fairly simple to replace. Get the factory manual and follow it. IMHO look closely at the cylinder for leaks around the base as well. Sometimes you need to replace those gaskets too.

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Old 07-27-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
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You sure you are talking head gasket vs valve cover gasket?

If the valve cover is intact it is more likely to be that or the donut that melted
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