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Cylinder/Valve cover replacement

I found a used cylinder/valve cover for $25. My old front cover is corroded badly, see photos. Manual says to use Honda Bond A gasket sealer. I can't find any, YouTube guys say don't use gasket sealer at all, just install gasket. Should I use a sealer or just install it ? Also, looks like I can remove the old cover without messing with water pump lines, manual says to drain. Any one done this ?
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I found a used cylinder/valve cover for $25. My old front cover is corroded badly, see photos. Manual says to use Honda Bond A gasket sealer. I can't find any..........................
Have you inquired at your local Honda shop for the sealant?
https://www.google.com/search?client...+gasket+sealer


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Have you inquired at your local Honda shop for the sealant?
https://www.google.com/search?client...+gasket+sealer
Thanks for the advice as others have given me the same for different problems. But going to the local Honda shop is not an option for me. Local shop used to be reliable and and good reasonable priced service. Not anymore, friend of mine used to work there, guy was brilliant. New owner is way too expensive, techs only know about hooking up the computer to troubleshoot. I took mine in a coupla years ago for a carb rebuild and oil change, short story, $600 later, they changed the oil and sprayed carb cleaner in the carbs, had same problem 2 weeks later. I would not go to my local Honda shop to buy a loaf of bread. Overpriced and they will never get my business for anything again. I don't want to offend you but other guys here suggest going to the dealer also, but that I will never do it again, not for anything, parts, nothing, I'm done with them. Ranting I know... Thanks though.
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Thanks for the advice as others have given me the same for different problems. .....
Then find yourself an old school mechanic who is usually chemically tuned in to sealants and additives. Someone who's worked on older British bikes and not me. Not me. Find a quality independent mechanic.

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I did not mean to offend you.
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When I removed mine to do my valves, I just slipped them off to the side and didn't drain anything. Not sure how that would work on your bike. Also, didn't use any sealant when reinstalling and have had no issues with leaks.

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Use Permatex Ultra Black Silicone (Should be able to find this stuff anywhere even MalWart), glue the gasket to the valve cover, not to the cylinder head.
That way the next time it comes off for a valve clearance check you won't be chasing the gasket around and can keep it in place and just reuse it as is.

You probably know this already, but just use a thin layer of silicone as glue, you are not making a gasket.

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I had the 1971 Triumph Trophy 650 many years ago, got it brand new, wanted the Bonneville duel carb, couldn't afford it. I remember the oil tank was in the frame tubes.
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If you want Hondabond this can replace the gasket,clean the cover surface and head surface.lightly tighten ,wait until cured then proper torque values.Put a drop on a piece of paper to see when it's ready.https://4into1.com/genuine-hondabond...liquid-gasket/


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