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cb650 cam chain with new gaskets?

1490 Views 17 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Ron Bullard
aiight, so i'm tired of the 650 marking its teritorry on the bottom of my pant legs so i ordered a gasket kit. not very familiar with bike motors, i'm an air coole vw guy (although i fucking hate that "scene" i still like the cars, but then again, i don't like any other fucker's car but mine.. ah, frustration) and besides the fact that it's air cooled, well, i'd be more comfortable taking the thing appart and changing the gaskets if the pistons were doing each other sideways instead of standing up.

anyway, how do y'all feel about changing the cam chain while i'm at it. i ask cause, well, i know it's supposed to be semi normal to hear the engine click but maybe it's too much.. i'm not sure, i don't know, that's why i'm asking.

CB650, FauxCatiFT500
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Enough of you VW nuts anyway!! But to your original question. There was a service bulletin by Honda on leaking head gaskets in the mid 80s, so we did lots at the dealership where I was the service manager. One thing to keep in mind, If you are only going to change the headgasket then you do not need to pull the engine. The head will come off with the engine in the frame. You can not pull the cylinders and do a base gasket with the motor in the frame. The manual will tell you that you have to pull the motor to do a head gasket. Not true.

Good Luck,

Vintage racing - old guys on old bikes
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