admin wrote:Bike's been on the road for around 4 years.
Trying to seal the timing cover has been an ongoing problem - I have tried a variety of materials (standard gasket from an original kit, cork, nitrile rubber, thicker gasket material - all with/without a little silicon) . Some fail quite quickly and some fail a few months in
Another one gone tonight and I know I put the last one on at the back end of last year - failed on the top edge where they always seem to go.
Feckin oil everywhere ...
I have sanded the cover flat, a few times and I did that with the crankcase edge, before I fitted the engine.
Admittedly I don't ride that often .....
The best I have found is quality, thicker gasket material (which I make up) and a silicon smear.
John my friend, Leather is your answer, Are all those outer covers the same? if they are my mate Mick has an outer cover for an 1954 alloy head bike and I'll happily make you one. All my Huntmasters have leather timing cover gaskets and are fantastic.
I rub a bit cheap builders silicone between my fingers into the leather and onto the cover only. Then whenever i need to remove the cover the gasket remains stuck to the cover.