Gasket Removal?

I am in process of putting a new clutch in my Honda XR650L. The job of changing

out the friction discs, plain discs, and springs was very easy. I'm ready to

button it back up.

I bought the correct gasket for the RH crankcase cover, and even had the

presence of mind to make sure it fits properly before removing the old one.

No problem there. What I hadn't counted on is that the old gasket is

adhering ferociously to the crankcase (not the cover, where it would be easy

to work on). It's old and brittle and baked on, and it's coming off in

chunks.

I am being very careful not to mar the mating surface of the crankcase, so

far I have only used my fingers, fingernails, and an old credit card to

scrape the stuff off, but I am not making much headway.

Any suggestions on how best to remove that old gasket? I could use a dull

kitchen knife or a putty knife or something like that, but like I said, I

don't want to mar the surface underneath the gasket.

Thanks for any (reasonable) suggestions!

Michael

Michael,

Take some contact cleaner to the gasket in small amounts and see if that will loosen it up and use a dull putty knife. Don't use a sharp one unless you have a lot of room to work with as a sharp one can gouge the case easier.

Clean it up when through and use some Hondabond but you don't need much, just a little dab will do ya! :)

I carefully use a sharpened putty knife. If you keep the corners of the blade off the working surface, the chances of gouging are greatly reduced.

I like to use a new Razor blade. It always works for me. :)

I like to use a new Razor blade. It always works for me. :)

I like using a single-edged razor blade (the double-edgers get blood in your work :D) or a Stanley knife blade too - and use it by hand with no handle/grip etc. - the amount of pressure your fingers provide with a small blade like that usually removes the gasket, but leaves the metal alone (but I see that you are a BRP rider :D). Keep the blade at a shallow angle to the plane of the mating surface on the case, and parallel to the edge of the case.

Thanks for all the tips. I went to an auto supply store and got some Permatex Liquid Gasket Remover, and have applied it and am waiting for it to soak in. Hopefully that will soften it up enough to be able to get it off without the use of RUDE TOOLS. :)

Thanks for all the tips. I went to an auto supply store and got some Permatex Liquid Gasket Remover, and have applied it and am waiting for it to soak in. Hopefully that will soften it up enough to be able to get it off without the use of RUDE TOOLS. :D

Did it work? :)

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