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  1. #1

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    Aug 2006
    Largo, FL

    Greasing the head gasket

    Just out of curiousity, what is the purpose of doing this versus installing the gasket dry?


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    Jul 2006
    Oceanside, California
    It does help it seal. Back in 1988 I was putting a CR250R thin metal head gasket in my ATC250R. I could not get it to stop leaking coolant. One of the old farts told me to take it apart and smear grease on the head gasket then reassemble. I did and it never leaked again.

    Lowell recommends it to help preserve the teflon that is on the gasket.

    Those two reasons are enough for me.

  3. #3
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    Dec 2005
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    I grease the head gasket for the two reasons Spud stated. The third reason is the head gaskets are crimped - the grease helps the crimp to crush properly when torqued. IMO
    The waterproof grease is a must - when re-using a gasket.

    I hope this helps.


  4. #4

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    Aug 2006
    Largo, FL
    Thanks for the insight guys! This method still applies for installing a brand new gasket correct?


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