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Need a bit of advice here chaps if you could,

My daughters 1997 xr200r has done one season of trail riding on a rebuilt engine and the head gasket is weeping oil out of the right hand side already,

When I do the head gasket again are there any tricks to make it last longer ? I thought i would use a Honda head gasket and get the barrel & head faced,

Any advice would be welcome as I don't fancy replacing the head gasket every winter.

thanks in advance

 

Edited by coasty1

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I've rebuilt a couple engines and have always used the oem Honda head and base gaskets with no leakage issues. Use a flat edge to check cylinder and head before spending money on getting machine work done could be an easy fix with proper gaskets and proper torque setting.

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Thanks for that, just what I needed to know, I will try and get her through the season as it is an "engine out" repair & I have just finished a winter rebuild on my XR250R and really don't need another tear down/rebuild project at the moment.

Sounds like an OE head gasket, base gasket and a set of rings for good luck.

thanks

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