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Author Topic: WHAT HEAD GASKET TO USE ? 2 OPTIONS LISTED  (Read 2272 times)
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JRRacing
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« on: September 05, 2017, 09:20:47 AM »

Stock motor if that matters
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 03:04:10 PM »

It all depends on what your trying to do with it...
Here is food for thought..

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 08:05:45 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2017, 10:46:57 AM »


I recommend Kawasaki Part # 11004-1187. It's a thin steel gasket about .011 thick.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2017, 11:21:46 AM »

+ 1  cool
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 11:29:07 AM »

Can you fellas touch on why you prefer the thinner gasket to the .4 or the 1.0 wafer one?
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2018, 09:03:36 AM »

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Found this thread while searching for info on the three OEM head gasket thickness options:  0.10, 0.40, and 1.00.  Why is one recommended over the other?

For my particular situation, the bike has a Pro Circuit Platinum 2 pipe, the Pro Circuit recommended jetting, Larry's compression release head (thanks, Larry), and is stock otherwise.  Riding is a purely recreational mix of trails and forest roads although I like to be on the pipe.
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2018, 12:50:59 PM »

I went with the thickest oem available.
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2018, 12:55:00 PM »

If you want the most performance from your stock 89-04 KX500 use the .010" gasket.
If you want to take some of the hit away go thicker which will lower your compression and reduce your power.
Some trail guys do this.
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2018, 08:39:01 AM »

Thanks for the input.  I ended up going with the thinner head gasket at Larry W's recommendation.  Have not bolted the head down so no starting or riding impression yet.
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