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    Hi guys, sorry I’m new here and new to bike mechanics. I’m building my 01 roadster back up and I’m waiting to get my rocker covers polished or powder coated, do I need to do anything before taking them off the motor? Thanks I’m advance

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    No just take them off. It's best to kinda draw the shape of the cover on a pc of cardboard or Styrofoam with the hole locations. Then push each bolt that you take out into the cardboard/ Styrofoam at it's proper location because some of the bolts are different lengths and have to go into specific spots. I used a new gasket to draw the shape and holes into a pc of 1 inch thick Styrofoam to keep them in the proper location. Also if the engine is still in the frame there is 1 bolt on the rear cover that hits the frame when trying to remove, It needs to stay in the cover hole and the cover will lift off with that bolt still in the hole. It needs to be re-installed the same way . You will see what I am talking about when you get to that 1 bolt.
    Also mark the plug wire location with a pc of tape so they go back on the correct plug. that is easier than looking it up later

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    • #3
      Thanks so much Dave, so when they go back on is it new gaskets I take it, sorry for such newbie questions

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      • #4
        I would use new but you might get away with reusing the old ones. Problem with using the old one is that you won't know if they are gonna leak until they do. Then you get to do the job all over again. I like only doing things once and gaskets are not much $$ to do it right.

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        • #5
          Great info DaveJ.
          saving these tips on Word. great resource.

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          • #6
            Awesome! Thanks Dave

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            • #7
              You can likely use the old gaskets, just spray them with permatex copper gasket spray on both sides. A couple coats letting each coat dry.

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              • #8
                Yeah I just ordered some new ones, parts aren’t as readily available here in New Zealand, thanks guys

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Andynz View Post
                  Yeah I just ordered some new ones, parts aren’t as readily available here in New Zealand, thanks guys
                  I put new ones on mine and they still leaked until I took them off and sprayed them with permatex copper gasket seal.

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