I NEED ADVICE ON CHANGING THE GASKETS ON MY MOTORCYCLE. I HAVE THE COMPLETE MOTOR GASKET SET AND THIS WILL BASICALLY NEED ME TO BRAKE DOWN THE MOTOR ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE CRANK CASE. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THE TIMING CHAIN WORKS OR HOW THE PISTONS ARE AFFECTED IN DOING THIS IF ANY ONE CAN GIVE ME ADVICE ON HOW TO DO THIS IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED . IM JUST AFRAID OF SCREWING MY MOTOR UP BUT I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE IT APART AND CLEAN IT. BUT WE WILL SEE WHAT I CAN DO .
I cleaned the outside of my GPz 550 with everything sealed, then flushed the inside by running two oil changes and filters. I dropped the bottom plate before I added oil the first change to get any sludge and look for any broken parts. The bike had been sitting outside in Houston area for 20 years.
I learned a long time ago that if you don't have to take it apart, don't. I used to tear everything down to the last nut and bolt. I am not experienced enough, have enough time, or the ability and tools to properly reassemble all the intricate parts to the right specs. More power to you if you do or have friends that will help. My head gaskets didn't leak, so I had no reason to replace them. I looked in the cylinders and could see enough of the valves and pistons to see they were OK. Compression was good. You will spend more time on the carbs, unless the engine is worn out.