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Have a oil leak top left side off head on 2008 sporster1200.need to know how to change it and the tork settings. Thank you

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    wd4ity Mar 17, 2011

    Is the oil leak orignating from the head gasket area, beneath the lower rocker plate, or the upper rocker box covers? If it's coming from under the head, the torque and torque sequence of the head nuts is something that I'd have to send you a picture of.

    If you're talking about the lower rocker plate, the 5/16" bolts torque to 15-18 foot pounds and the 1/4" bolts torque to 10-13 foot pounds. The bots for the upper rocker box covers torque to 100 inch pounds.



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I have just finished a reseal on my 2000 XL stage I conversion (883 to 1200) and it sounds like you may have a rocker box gasket leak. Which ever it is I need to tell you that there are helpful postings on the web but without following the procedures in the manual, you can do serious and expensive damage starting with the losening order of the head bolts (I had two broken ones, one in each cylinder when I thought I was only doing the rocker boxes). I am glad I invested in the manual and In hindsight, I wouldn't spend double on the gaskets at the Harley Dealer, you can get a whole upper end set for half on ebay.

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