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I believe Blown head gasket

Haven't ridden bike for nearly a year because I have been gone. Now that the cool weather is upon us i Charged the battery and fired it up noticed it was hard to start and also i immediately Noticed Anti freeze being blown out the kickstand side pipe and anti freeze dripping out of the exhaust where it connects to the exhaust pipe. I am pretty sure its the Head Gasket.
I am going to replace and know about cleaning and truing heads and block.
Now that I am having to take it apart do you think its a good idea to do both sides No water in Oil at all. Haven't pulled plugs yet but I have scout school this week. so wont get to it for at least a week. I was looking at Randacks kit hard finding new bolts but is there a good arp stud anyone has used? Of course Ill change the belts but do you think I should do Springs and seats and anything else.It only ran Hot twice since I have owned it and I replaced water pump with OEM a few years ago with new hoses and tstat.I guess if I pull everything apart and get the crank to T1 everything should be good just realigning the marks back up on the can belt wheels is that true or should I be doing something different?
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You know, I wouldn't be so quick to call "head-gasket". Give it a few miles and park it on the center stand. Do a leak-down test.

Granted, the gasket does seem suspect, but if the bike sat on the side stand for a year...

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Haven't ridden bike for nearly a year because I have been gone. Now that the cool weather is upon us i Charged the battery and fired it up noticed it was hard to start and also i immediately Noticed Anti freeze being blown out the kickstand side pipe and anti freeze dripping out of the exhaust where it connects to the exhaust pipe. I am pretty sure its the Head Gasket.
I am going to replace and know about cleaning and truing heads and block.
Now that I am having to take it apart do you think its a good idea to do both sides No water in Oil at all. Haven't pulled plugs yet but I have scout school this week. so wont get to it for at least a week. I was looking at Randacks kit hard finding new bolts but is there a good arp stud anyone has used? Of course Ill change the belts but do you think I should do Springs and seats and anything else.It only ran Hot twice since I have owned it and I replaced water pump with OEM a few years ago with new hoses and tstat.I guess if I pull everything apart and get the crank to T1 everything should be good just realigning the marks back up on the can belt wheels is that true or should I be doing something different?
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It really isn't an issue of how many times it overheated. What is more damaging is how much did it overheat. I would look at the plugs. If the gasket has failed or coolant is getting in the combustion chamber any other way the bad cylinder will have a steam cleaned spark plug. Same after you disassemble. The top of the piston will be nice and clean compared to the others. If the bike got really hot you might want to have the heads checked using the Zyglo process to be sure the heads did not crack. Cracks almost always originate at the exhaust seat or spark plug hole then the go outward on a radius.

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i would do that but it appears that the cylinder is getting so much water in it its not revving past idle.

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ill do all of that
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i would do that but it appears that the cylinder is getting so much water in it its not revving past idle.
Water in the cylinder is not causing that.

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i would do that but it appears that the cylinder is getting so much water in it its not revving past idle.
It might be that the gasket is really blown. If it burned between two cylinders it will really be bad. I don't usually say compression test for head gaskets but if it blew between cylunders a compression test will give you a pretty good clue. Even if you check it for thumb compression it would probably be that obvious.

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Each cylinder on the four banger Wings is surrounded by water jacket at the head so the head gaskets can't blow between cylinders.

Advise given here is free and comes with no warranty "Caveat emptor"

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Each cylinder on the four banger Wings is surrounded by water jacket at the head so the head gaskets can't blow between cylinders.
I guess I should have worded that different. The gasket can blow from the combustion chamber outward. It can/does burn out the sealing ring on the gasket a little or a LOT. If you see a little steam at startup only then the seal is only slightly failed. If you have coolant out the exhaust (like yours) you have a major failure of the gasket, head or block. A compression check either by thumb or a gauge will give you a clue. If the bike really got hot check the heads for cracks. Some people overlook that part and do a lot of work and money only to do it again. I hate when that happens!!!

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Thanks everyone now that I am back I am leaning toward the Randack kit they seem like legit guys I purchased the oil filter adapter from them in the past and they seem to sell quality stuff. Probably do both sides any suggestions on where to get new head bolts or ARP bolts?

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