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I am planning to take the cylinder covers off a harley 1200 and replace with new gaskits. is there anything i need to know other than taking off the 4 head cover bolts and removing and replacing after adding new gaskits.

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No, that's just about it. Replace the breather valves in the rocker boxes while you have them off. They're just rubber parts very similar to the valve covers. They vary depending on year model. Torque the four 1/4" bolts to 100 inch pounds. Do not loosen or tighten the head bolts.

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I could be the bushings in the rocker arms and the rocker arm shafts. Bring the piston to top dead center on the cylinder that has the noise. Both valves should be closed. Allow about five minutes for the tappets to bleed down on that cylinder. When you can spin both of the pushrods with your fingers, remove the 5/16 inch bolts on the right hand side (pushrod side) of the head. This should allow you to push the rocker arm shaft out and remove the rocker arm. You may have to gently tap the rocker arm shafts out but it should not be difficult to get them out. Do not mix the rocker arms and their shafts up. Keep them together. Check the bushings in the rocker arms and the rocker arm shafts for wear. The bushings can be replaced and use new rocker arm shafts if this turns out out to be the problem. Check the face of the rocker arm where it pushes down on the valve stem for wear as well.

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