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Old 29 Jun 2010
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xt600 gasket set?

Hi guys just wondering is there a gasket on the head where the cam is located? There doesn't seem to have one listed?
Also is ebay the place to buy a full gasket set?
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Gaskets

There is no gasket between cilinder head and valve cover. To be assembled with non-hardening fluid gasket.

Recommend not to buy aftermarket copy gaskets for your XT - you will be disappointed with the quality, whereas the original Yamaha stuff is good ... but a bit more expensive.
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cheers mate, I be getting oem stuff.
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I ll go with using the original gaskets from yamaha,I,ve just rebuilt my engine and bought a gasket set off ebay only to be dissapointed with the quality and the handfull of rubber o rings which fitted nothing!went through both casing gaskets and had to buy original ones.
What I did find was that if I removed a casing after using the yamaha gasket compound on both sides of the gaskets it tore every time resulting in new gaskets,....when I spoke to the yam fellow he said don,t use any gasket compound as they come already partly coated. I,ve just fitted one to the clutch cover and it is partly coated.....may be I should have just put compound on one side only-I,m sure somebody will pop along and tell me if its correct.
Good luck...oh the other thing is I bought both 5th gears and cam chain and a set of rings only to find the rings were the most expensive out of all the parts!....
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cheers for that, I've already got new rings/piston, oil seals, valves and ported&polished the head.

Also got me a set of those alloy bolt sets for a little bling
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Smile Coating gaskets

I recommend you only ever use gasket sealant strictly where necessary. Everyone starting out uses far too much (me included). What you should remember is excessive sealant at best causes more cleanup work next time you open up rhe joint and at worst squeezes out of the joint and blocks a critical oilway. Normally sealant should only be where the manufacturer specifies it (such as ungasketted joins) and care should be taken to use the right type.

The only other time I use sealant is to repair a damaged gasket or gasket surface- and then sparingly. Most "paper" gaskets work very well as supplied and the only coating you need apply is the merest smear of grease or oil on one or both sides to help them come apart in the future. Treated like this gaskets such as those under clutch covers and the like will withstand multiple removals without damage or leaking.

Regarding after market gaskets I've used them dozens of times and never had any problems. As wll as saving money their advantage is you don't have tyo go into the dealers list everything out only to find out later you've forgotten one item or alternatively they can supply everything except the critical one. Sure they often come with lots of extra unidentified O rings as they seek to cover a wide range of models - but I think of this as a benefit; just gather them up throw them in a jar you never know when one of them will get you out of trouble.
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