Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rideau Ferry, Ontario, Canada
Assembly Lube and 1211 Silicone Liquid Gasket
I'd like to leverage the knowledge of the collective:
In a related post (excellent set of notes on DL650 valve adjustment) the author mentioned two recommended-to-have-on-hand items - 1) assembly lube (or molybdenum oil) and 2) 1211 Silicone Liquid Gasket. I am getting ready to start the 24000 km check,rad, TBS, plugs et al in prep for another little tour before winter sets in and wanted to ensure I didn't have to run out in the middle of things.
Local search of Crappy Tire and NAPA drew only blank stares. PartsSource did recommend using the Permatex Gold silicone-based gasket maker (in a tube) but were stumped by assembly lube - recommending that I use same motor oil as I use in the bike. I did this in the past on my 80's and 70's vintage GSs and wondering if the DL demands something different.
Also, couple of posts mentioned applying the gasket goop to the half moons. I'm assuming two things here - one , the half moons are the vertical, semi-circular shaped depressions on each end of the valve covers and 2) only apply it if it needs it, like a small tear or crack, or where the gasket bends 90 degrees?
the above may seem like a stupid question but this is the first bike I've had with silicon gaskets, my previous older machines were fiber based and I successfully reused the original gaskets when doing valve adjustments on each bike which both went over 130000 km without engine problems at all (may be while I am loyal to Suzuki I guess)
Appreciate any advice or direction.
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but desperation is it's father........... (Bell)