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Leaking stroker boxes on 2001 883 hugger

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I think you are referring to "rocker boxes" on your Sporty. Replace the rubber gaskets between the lower plate and the upper plate. If the lower plate is leaking, you will have to remove the lower plate with the rocker arms and the push rods.

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That depends on which gasket is leaking. If it's just a rocker box gasket, it's just a minor problem and if you fix it yourself, the total costs is less than $20. If it's a head gasket, the cost is a bit more and you'll probably want to have that done in a shop, I'm estimating cost about about $200-$250. As far as I know, there were no recalls. The rocker box gasket leaking is more common than the head gasket leakage but neither are what I call major expenses. If the head gasket is leaking, if you rev the engine just a bit when it's cold, sometimes it will pop and you can see fire jump from beneath the head. More than likely, it's just a rocker box gasket leaking.

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