Do you re-torque head gaskets? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
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post #1 of 2 Old 09-12-2019, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Do you re-torque head gaskets?

My factory manual tells me that after fitting a new head gasket I should retorque the head bolts after a short period of running.

This manual was written in 1987 or earlier and at this time I think this was standard advice for virtually all head gaskets. I know typical car head gasket technology has changed a lot since then, to the point where retorquing requirements are now uncommon.

So does the current OEM KLR head gasket really need retorquing? I have changed a few in the past and I have always done so, but for these I do not ever recall finding a bolt that had changed torque, leading me to question its need.

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post #2 of 2 Old 09-12-2019, 08:27 PM
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I don't, on any engine like the KLR that they are buried Inside of the valve cover. But I do the criss-cross pattern forward & backwards 3 times, all 9 of them!
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