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#41 FJRBluesman

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:21 PM

Sorry Don. My questions and your answers via pix, have confirmed to me your head gasket launched. A classic blown HG is water in the oil makeing it bubbily/foamy looking, and a murkey light chocolate color like yours. Water has started entering your crank case and it's getting higher.

Also that one plug looks mighty slimey, confirming the no power lugging along on coolant.

Hopefully it's only the head gasket and not a water jacket issue that's cracked or something where the motor is no bueno.

Sorry bud. :(

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BTW - Is this the first blown head gasket on the forum?
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:21 PM

Look at it this way: if you're gonna get coolant in the oil, a fault at the head gasket is the best way to have it happen. . . .

Wfoo - you also think it's a head gasket? How else could you get water in oil? Blown case?
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:37 PM


Look at it this way: if you're gonna get coolant in the oil, a fault at the head gasket is the best way to have it happen. . . .

Wfoo - you also think it's a head gasket? How else could you get water in oil? Blown case?

Yes. See my boat story above. A head gasket is easier, a cracked water jacket is a new to you motor. Either way you must pull the head first, that will tell you what's up next, a new head gasket or more exploratory surgery. :dribble: :(

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:21 PM

Sadly, I agree that the oil showing in your sight glass is classic for coolant contamination.
The quicker you can get that mix out of the engine/gearbox, the better...
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:28 PM

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:52 PM

Too bad Don...as previously mentioned, if the head isn't damaged it's fixable.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:55 PM

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You sure have a great attitude for a guy with a Gen II lemon.

I'll stay tuned for the next chapter of the ongoing saga....

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 02:00 AM

Hopefully it is a bad head gasket; the alternative is a cracked block. Best of luck for a successful solution.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 02:27 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong but was not the head recently worked on just before your ride out to NERDS? I know the bike was working fine during that trip but with a new head gasket I don't see how the gasket failed over this short of a time frame. A defective gasket or an error in re-assembly would have shown up earlier I would think.
When the head does get removed carefully check both the block deck and the head for warp-age. A cracked block however would make this all academic.
Sorry that you are having these issues Don.
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 03:25 AM

I'll add my sorrow for your troubles, and best wishes for a reasonable ix Don.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 04:41 AM

It is sounding like a HG. If oil is getting higher it must be a pretty good leak, and should see coolant level dropping. Also if the coolant is filling cylinders overnight then it should crank over hard in the morning, AKA hydro-locking.

Aside from the oil being milky I've seen stuck injectors do the same thing. Flooding the cyl and raising oil level.

Usually coolant leaking into a cyl will actually steam clean the plug, and they will come out looking new. Perhaps the leak is so bad the cyl can't fire at all, therefore not cleaning it. don't know.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 06:08 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong but was not the head recently worked on just before your ride out to NERDS? I know the bike was working fine during that trip but with a new head gasket I don't see how the gasket failed over this short of a time frame. A defective gasket or an error in re-assembly would have shown up earlier I would think.
When the head does get removed carefully check both the block deck and the head for warp-age. A cracked block however would make this all academic.
Sorry that you are having these issues Don.



yamafitter, that's true, head was off; in 2007. Prolly about 100K+ ago. Fun and Games with Carbon Buildup. If my facts are wrong, Don please correct me.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 06:51 AM

Sorry to hear about this Don.
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 06:59 AM

Dude you are SO assfuked next time I see You..


So what else is new, Bust!

Don, it's the head gasket!!!

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:01 AM

I do believe it is a first here Simon. Man that really sucks Don.:(
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:21 AM

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You sure have a great attitude for a guy with a Gen II lemon.

I'll stay tuned for the next chapter of the ongoing saga....


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:40 AM

Dang, Don. Sorry to hear this.
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 07:44 AM

You didn't by chance decide to run a car tire recently, did you??

Just trying to think of all possible causes....

Sorry, and hope it is just the head gasket.
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:07 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong but was not the head recently worked on just before your ride out to NERDS? I know the bike was working fine during that trip but with a new head gasket I don't see how the gasket failed over this short of a time frame. A defective gasket or an error in re-assembly would have shown up earlier I would think.
When the head does get removed carefully check both the block deck and the head for warp-age. A cracked block however would make this all academic.
Sorry that you are having these issues Don.


Bill,

I'm sure Don will be along to report on this, but my recollection is that they determined that his "knocking" noise just before NERDS was from carbon buildup on the pistons. I think the "fix" was just running a bunch of Ring Free through it and the knocking went away. After that, he did run the bike a whole bunch of miles out to Vermont and back via the PNW, so it doesn't seem that it would be directly related, but I wonder if the apparent headgasket failure is related to all of that piston knocking on carbon that happened back then.

PS - Sorry to hear about the head gasket, Don. Hopefully that is all it is. I guess the good news is that since you'll have that head off you can really see how much carbon buildup remains. I forget now, did you (or whoever was working on the bike) ever scope the combustion chambers through the plug holes back then?

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 08:14 AM

Holy Cow! Good to see you out and about posting. You have been awfully quiet for a long time.


Thank you! Been too busy with other things, mostly bicycle 3 short hours a day when I'm not at work. Takes away from internet time. Getting ready to do my second annual Climb to Kaiser. Finished last year, but not strong. Looking to knock at least an hour off my time this year. The ultimate goal is to be the first guy my age or older to finish, but for now, I'd love to just finish ahead of the girls...

Hey Don,
If the head is removed, at least on a Gen I, you're supposed to use new bolts to put it back on. Did that happen? The head might have gotten loose. You already had a head gasket problem? I see why you like Harleys...