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To say the least .... I am not stuck on the side of the road. My wing started to blow a James Bond style screen of smoke that smells like antifreeze. My local Honda dealer's service dept "doesn't take in bikes that old for service". Any recommendations?? Is this a project that a backyard mechanic, like me, can handle?

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yes it is doable.... just take your time and be careful. the current thinking is that OEM head gaskets are far better than knock-offs.
 

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very doable, i did mine last winter. the thought of it scared the crap outa me. but not really that difficult. just be careful with the timing.
 

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btw, I tried to use some additives to postpone the repair, not a good move. I had some temporary relief but took forever to get that crap cleaned out of the system. and i mean crap, gummed up everything.



*advice from experience*
 

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Easily a DIY.. use the OEM manual.
 

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naturalone11 wrote:
i am doing it as we speak on my 83. honda manual is miss leading as of timing marks. clymer more clear.
Clymer might be more clear.. but sometimes it is "clearly wrong" (I have both).. I wouldn't trust it without checking the Honda Manual.. although can't speak specifically about heads, HERE is an example of errors in carbs....



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I did both head gaskets on mine about 5k miles ago. Bought a set of gaskets from georgefix on eBay. Not OEM gaskets but...5 thousand miles so far and not a single issue. I've purchased a few other gaskets from him as well with the same good results.

So while I'm not of the "only use OEM" camp, I am of the " don't just do one" camp. It isn't that much more work to go ahead and do both sides while you're at it. Of course when i did mine I had the mother out of the bike and sitting up on a work bench.
 

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Are we 100% sure it's a headgasket? Have you done a leakdown test? I admit, at the surface it sounds like a headgasket, but before you start tearing things apart...
 
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