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I have an opportunity to buy a '98 883, with 5000 miles. the head gasket needs replacing. My question is; why would the gasket need replacing, and how much should I expect to pay?

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Have an opportunity to but a 2000 883 hugger very cheap. It has a gasket leak on front top cylinder. Will this be an expensive, complicated fix? The bike has just under 10,000 miles. Were there any...

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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hi if it has low compression then this will mean one of three things the first and most likely is that the head gasket has gone this can be replaced but your head will need sending off to be pressure tested and skimmed to make sure it will work when refitted.
the second problem could be a cracked head in this case the head and gasket will need replacing but remember to check the thermostat and water pump as this can cause the head gasket to blow and could be the cause of the problem in the first place so get these parts checked

the third problem could be blown piston rings this is less likely unless the car has been driven with no oil.

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