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I am going to have to bring my 1800 to the dealer for a leaking head gasket on the rear cylinder. My question is does the motor have to come out of the frame to remove the head? I am just looking as what to expect they will have to do to replace the gasket.
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From what I understand,the motor comes out for the rear cylinder.Out of couriosity,oil or coolant leaking from the head?
 

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Oil from the left side more in the back corner. Man I am not all that exited about them pulling the whole motor out of my new bike with 700 miles!
 

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Do yourself a favor. I have a 2005 N model and had the same leak dribbling out under the chrome cover onto the top fin and down on to the key switch etc. Talked to a guy in my local club with the same bike and found out he had the same issue. His was a leak at the small cover for valve adjustment. He fixed it by taking the cover off and using black silicone around the O ring and letting it cure over night. If you reach up over the cover from the left side and feel down on top of the engine I have a small pool of oil waitiing to seep out that my dealer could not find. Go figure. Good luck.
 

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Is the leak above or below the exhaust port or spark plug hole.

If it is above then it is more than likely the valve cover that is leaking...just fixed mine. There is no gasket between the valve cover and the top of the head...just a silicone seal. It is tight, but you can remove the valve cover, lift it enough to get the surface of the head and valve cover clean/oil free, put a light bead of gasket forming silicone around the mating surfaces and bolt the valve cover back down.

If it is below then it is more than likely the head gasket, which requires pulling the engine.
 

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Usually have to pull the engine for the rear cylinder work but, someone said they dropped the engine and slid it forward enough to get the head cover off and pull the cam. Should work for the head? Or, are the bolts too long? Said you still have to disconnect everything the same as pulling it out.
 

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I understand the apprehension towards having the motor pulled to do the work, but let me put your mind at ease a little. I was a GM tech for about 10 years before getting on the FD I am currently on. If the tech pulls the motor, he will have all the room he wants/needs to do the job right. If there is minimal room to work as would be the case in the cylinder head, you are more likely to have seals, gaskets, etc. not be placed or sealed correctly and have to go through it all over again. Don't be afraid of the thing being pulled out.

I'm sure someone will have a different opinion or experience on this, just my .02c

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