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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-31-2012, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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I won't mention the gasket manufacturer/distributor unless I need to but I will say the gaskets I recieved/purchased were 2.032 bore diameterwhich is a huge issue on an interference engine with a bore of 2.96 WTF ??



Anyone else have this problem?



Turning my 84' Gl1200 engine and Bamm hitting something, thinking I hit a valve or something serious..hours after diagnosing LH and RHit came to the head gaskets themselves. Am I seeing something I'm missing??
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BTW I measured the OEM gaskets that were toast but I got close to a 2.96



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By all means, mention the name... sounds a very familiar story... if it is who I think don't bother contacting them, just cut your losses and get the gaskets from mother honda.

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I think you should mention the brand,where you got them...and what kind of service you get when you take this issue to them. That may save some poor soul some heartache & headache.

My opinion of aftermarket is pretty dismal. I use OEM pretty much all the time just because I've been where you are now.

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They were from Saber cycle, the gasket manufacturer is barracuda. I'll be following there help desk ticket system, (no answer on there phone) wish me luck.



It turns out they sent me GL1000 gaskets, i entered a help desk ticket hopefully they'll send the correct ones ASAP
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When I read this Saber Cycle was the first place that came to my mind!

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Yep, sabre is what I thought... while they may deal with it and get you taken care of, don't be surprized if instead they insult you, degrade you, and tell you you don't know jack and have no business working on your own bike... they have done this exact thing to other members so often it's like it's become SOP... just sayin', prepare yourself

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Hope you get a fair solution from them, however chances are they will insult, cuss you out, and put you down, followed by your being banned form ever purchasing from them again for daring to question anything they do, say, or sell.

Happened to me and most others I have talked to in the past!

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Oh, it should also be mentioned that the other member who hada similarissue did get the "correct" gaskets and they still didn't fit right over the cooling jacket and alignment pins. So even you get it resolved, which is doubtful, the "right" parts may still not work.

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I also got hosed on head gaskets from Saber. Neither gasket sealed AT ALL to the block or head, had coolant pouring out of the gap. Told them their product was defective. I was insulted (didn't know how to work on my bike) and told my engine assembly was defective.....
Bought an OEM gasket from the local Honda shop and guess what....worked like a charm. I tried entering in a review of the product, and it's still being evaluated. Long shot of that review ever making it on the page.
I've gotten some stuff from them that seems like pretty decent stuff so I guess I got lulled into a false sense of security. I will have to be pretty hard up to ever do business with them again.

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