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Cometic gaskets on a Panhead

Started by Reddog74usa, June 17, 2022, 11:00:22 AM

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Reddog74usa

Getting ready to install the cylinders on my 62 FLH and found a metal and paper set of cylinder base gaskets in the kit. Any recommendations on which set to use?

Also I have the MLS gaskets for the heads however the instructions for tourque on them is for evo's n TC's. Do I just follow those instructions or tighten them down like you normally do on Pans n Shovels???

Anybody have any experience with cometic on a Pan?
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Ohio HD

I think @76shuvlinoff has used them on his Shovel. He may be able to answer about the torque, etc.
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Reddog74usa

Thanks Ohio, I just sent him a PM asking about it. All the mating surfaces are very nice and the oil feed holes line up perfect with the metal base gaskets so they shouldn't be a problem. Knoiwing the correct tq would be real nice.
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Reddog74usa

Well as Red Fox would say, "Hey Dummy" Pan and Shovel info is at the very bottom of the instructions page which says to use factory tq specs on Shovels and Pans. I guess it's now only a question of which base gasket to use, paper or metal???
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Ohio HD

I'd be tempted to stay with the paper on a Pan / Shovel. They don't often leak there, and the case seam isn't always the best on the older bikes.

Just my 2 cents.
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RTMike

I have been using the Foamette base gaskets that James makes they are superior to the others.

CraigArizona85248

I've always used the paper base gaskets.  Maybe one day I'll try something else, but I have a bunch of the paper gaskets hanging on the wall in the garage.  I'll probably use those up first.  Base gasket leaks are really rare in my experience.

For head gaskets, I've always used the James blue Teflon.  Again, there are probably other good options, but I tend to find something that works and stick with it until there is a reason to change it up.

-Craig

JSD

final torque 60 FTB on pan & Shovels, MLS

Reddog74usa

Thanks for the responses. I decided to go with the metal base gaskets and will report back with my findings after I get some miles on it. It will be a while as I'm still waiting on my heads to come back.
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