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I had a headgasket blow on the right side of my gl1000 (as viewed sitting on
the bike). Should I do both gaskets now or wait for the otherside to go
later? They are original. 79 gl1000.

TIA for any comments.
Lynn
 

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If it was me, yes. You will have your coolant drained and it would be a good time to do the timing belts and check all the valve clearances, etc. You will sleep better if you go ahead and do them both at the same time so you won't worry about the other side going out at any time. Just my opinion. Paul
 

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X2:)
 

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I guess I'll be the only one to say don't do both at the same time unless you've had prior experience with head gaskets.

The reason for you to do one at a time isif you screw this side up and your oil suddenly starts to look like chocolate milk, you'll know which head gasket to do.:action:

And winter's right around the corner. Plenty of time to tear down then.
 

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I would go with both - I made the mistake of only doing one on my bike -250 miles later - had to tear it all down & do the other one. What would have been maybe another 1/2 hour labour turned into another 3 hour job ( at least for me ) . It's likely that both the head gaskets are 30 years old - how much longer will one go than the other?
 
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