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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 recalls or was this a common problem?

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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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