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 Post subject: Blow from Engine/Header
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:54 am 
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Hi All,

I discovered recently that the exhaust flange at the top of the header that goes into the engine had become loose... Discovered that the bolt had either come off or someone took an interest in them... But I think it may have just come unscrewed over time.

I've replaced both bolts on them, but I'm still getting blow from it (not as much as when it was loose). I presume it may need a new Exhaust port gasket and a flange retaining clip... I'm not a mechanic, so correct me if I'm wrong...

Would I need to remove the whole header to replace these, or can I somehow just loosen that part and slip it in? I've looked online at removing the headers and it looks like a big, expensive job.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Many thanks,
Dan.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:17 pm 
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Sounds like it's the retaining ring that's corroded and failed.
For a XB, it's an engine rotation job for removal of headers to fit new gaskets and retaining rings.
Care needed with removal of other header nuts too to ensure you don't snap the studs.
Parts wise, it's not expensive but can be a pita.
If you're equipped and competent in the garage, give it a go, else seek out the expertise of :maz:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:18 pm 
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Thanks for the advice!

Unfortunately, I'm not confident enough or well equipped to do a job like that.

Sorry if this has been answered, but is there anywhere near Horsham/Surrey that is a Buell specialist that you would recommend? Somewhere that isn't 2.5+ hours away. I saw http://www.mauldenmotorcycle.co.uk/ which are about 1h 50mins from me.

Thanks,
Dan.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:47 pm 
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Do you have a van?

Your best bet is to make the trip up to South Manchester. You'll get the best work in record time (he works fast).

The Emporium rate is £40, compare this with Mauldens rate and you'll be well ahead. It'll make the extra few hours drive worth while.

If you ask Maz nicely he may be able to do the job while you wait, save the double journey. You'll learn a lot abut your steed too. He has tea and biscuits and prefers it if you leave the teaspoon in the sugar pot :)

If you don't have a van, Enterprise is good as they have unlimited mileage. I live near you and have made this journey (2 wheeled and 4) for a few years now, it is worth the drive.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:54 pm 
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. He has tea and biscuits and prefers it if you leave the teaspoon in the sugar pot :).
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:04 pm 
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Thanks Guys,

Taking it to my regular mechanic in Sunbury for now, but will have to take a trip to Manchester at some point!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:24 pm 
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DanielG wrote:
Thanks Guys,

Taking it to my regular mechanic in Sunbury for now, but will have to take a trip to Manchester at some point!


Might be sooner than later if he gets rotating the engine procedure wrong :idea:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:25 pm 
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.....especially if the ''missing bolt'' is actually a broken stud :eat:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:32 am 
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Thanks for the concern guys, but this guy's a hidden gem. He's done a lot of great work for me!


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