Monday, November 7, 2011

Tech Article: How to replace Shovelhead gaskets.

I realize that our blog here might not be the most motorcycle technical oriented, and I know that's what you guys are here to see. All of the other blogs out there get shit done and let you know that they know how to get shit done and photo document every last detail about every single thing. That's why I'm changing my ways and doing this here helpful tutorial on what to do when you have a blown head gasket on a Shovelhead. From now on, it's all serious around here.

First thing that you need to do when preforming the task of head gasket replacement is to make sure that you have the proper tools for the job.

The next step is removing the old gasket from the cylinder. I think the motor company makes a special head gasket puller, but I find that a saw is much more efficient.

You may need to consult your local chop expert if you are unsure about this next step. Place a new gasket on top of the cylinder and make sure it is nice and secure.

Put the head and rocker box back on the big and check for proper fitment. Glue may be needed for this procedure.

After you have completed the task of head gasket replacement, you have received 20 chopper cred points. Sit back, have a beer, and celebrate.


  1. dammit, you mean to tell me i've been doing it all wrong!?!?!?

  2. Instead of glue can i use a soldering gun to set the gasket?

  3. Soldering can work, but I would recommend using Nickelodeon Gak seeing as though there is not heat involved making it a safer method.

  4. nick you never told me you went to MMI

  5. That first picture looked like the hand of the famous super hero "Period Corrector" from the small town Trendyville, on the planet Plumcoolchopper. The hand has much symbolism, the pinkie finger being a Fork by Frank, and the three K-nife fingers representing his favorite type of engine, K-nuckle, K-nickle, and K-nuckle. The 3 K-nifes also rub together in perfect Harman-dy, creating his theme music to search e-gay all day to find choppy parts to pay way too much for. If it is indeed his hand, bring him up to my swapmeet this weekend, I got some shit he needs to buy!! Great tech article too really got a handle on this shit! hahaha

  6. i just spray starter fluid on the engine and set it on fire, no more gaskets and no scraping.

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