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Leaking Tank Gasket AGAIN!

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So... I had a leaky gas tank gasket at the start of last season, well.. I had it replaced with a new one, and when I was putting my bike in storage I noticed it was leaking again. :banghead FML! Is this normal to have these damned things fail in less than a year of riding??


Ps- Where is the best place to get a replacement?
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There are a bunch of threads on this one. The one thing I don't see members doing is running a tap thru the holes to clean out any of the loctite that is in there (loctite could affect the actual torque readings). Another point of failuire would be that to start the torques sequence, that #1 bolt is tightened all the way to 3 ftlbs right away rather than snugging up all the bolts and progressively working to 3 while going thru the the torque sequence multiple times. One other point of interest, it would seem that these gaskets are sensitive to thermal expansion (my theory), simply put when its hot the gasket expands when its cold gasket gets smaller, this can have an affect on the torque/clamping force on the gasket. Suggestion, when its about 45-50 degrees out, recheck the torque on all the bolts as it sits going thru the sequence (they probably won't move due to the loctite), or redo when its a bit colder out.
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