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Yes that's right, it's done! It's been a hell of a day, I can tell you that for sure. I'm so glad it's over and I hope I'll never have to do it again on this bike.

While wrenching on the bike I experienced almost everything that could go wrong. Here is a quick list.

1. My helper got away before I had the chance to ask him for help. I did everything alone.

2. As you can guess, piston rings got out of the cylinder.

3. I forgot to put back a dowel while reassembling the head.

4. Cam chain went off the sprocket in the engine (which I noticed when I was trying to time the engine.

5. Had a hard time figuring out how the tensioner was working.

6. Found the bike on his side when I came back after having a glass of water. Oil spilled everywhere.

7. Got burnt by sun.

8. Got burnt by my girlfriend flat hair iron while looking for sun block cream.

9. Spent a whole day (from 9 to 6) on a job that I thought would take about 3-4 hours.

On the positive side

1. The base gasket have been changed.

2. I learned a lot from my mistakes.

3. I have now a better understanding of my bike.

4. The bike started of the first time after the rebuilt.

5. Engine seems to run smoother???

6. First test ride went really well.

I also discovered that the black material I once found in the oil while doing an oil change was the old base gasket that was slowly disintegrating itself in the engine.

Lastly, I want to thank B-dub for making a really good tutorial that was really helpful through the entire process.

And if that can be of some help for someone who's planing on doing the job by himself alone like I did, may I suggest that he didn't try to keep the timing by using a zip tie on the sprocket/chain. Handling it alone is a really pain in the arse and gave me bad results. Retiming the engine is really easy compared to that.

Have a good day and don't hesitate to change your base gasket by yourself if you need to. You'll be really proud of you at the end of the day ;-)

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Yes that's right, it's done!
Congratulations on your success! You forgot to put down as one of the positives that you saved yourself a bunch of money! That money can be used for fuel and farkles, or paying the bills.
Also, I'm confident if you ever had to do the base gasket again it would go much more smoothly the second time, and you're now qualified to offer assistance to anyone who needs it. Good job, and thanks for posting your experience.

Thanks for that. I have to do mine and I'm dreading it.

I'll be updating the tutorial, likely this week, to include video of the base gasket being changed. Hopefully that will reduce or eliminate the dread.

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Great job!!! So are you saying the zip tie is not needed? I just got a quote from the dealer for this job. $400.00 tax inc. Our 07 has this leak and I'm not sure I want to tackle it. But you may have changed my mind:) but only with help:) Like you I've looked at the sticky several times, what to do what to do.
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