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Honda motorcycle engine valve cover gasket

I have a 1983 honda cb450sc nighthawk and im still the original owner i am going to put a new engine valve cover gasket and two rubber gaskets on the screws on each side they must be #14 my question is do i need to put some silicone on the gaskets or oil it a bit

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    Paul Meyer Jan 05, 2018

    Hi Tony! Put them on dry. They will fit with heat into place. If they weep a bit, tweak them up a bit with spanner. Good Luck.



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Put them on dry.

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