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I changed the oil and filter out on my new to me 1989 smurf(intro-ed here) last Saturday.

Rode it pretty good off road then noticed a leak that appears to be coming from the cam sprocket cover on the cylinder head.

So I am trying to decide how far to go with this.

"Don't fix what isn't broke" vs "ounce of prevention..." kind of dilemma.



I am thinking I will go with a Athena Complete Engine Gasket Kit from bike bandit, and just replace the one leak-er now and have the others ready to go when problem encountered.



So questions-

Does this seem like a reasonable strategy or should I just bite the bullet and replace them all?



Does anyone have experience with this particular gasket kit or any other to share?
 

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Mine did that so I replaced it and the leaked stopped. Its just a simple o-ring. My tappet covers leaked as well and new o-rings solved the issue. I wouldn't replace all the gaskets, I'd just do the ones that leak.
 

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Mine did that so I replaced it and the leaked stopped. Its just a simple o-ring. My tappet covers leaked as well and new o-rings solved the issue. I wouldn't replace all the gaskets, I'd just do the ones that leak.




Rainmans' right!....why do everything,unless you REALLY want too?.
 

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Thanks for the advice. Want ride it more than work on it. I am just going with the single O-ring for now. Went with powersports too good price and cheap shipping.
 

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When I'm restoring a bike, I order at least weekly from them. They can sometimes take a few days to receive the parts from the manufacturer and then get them shipped to you, but they have a real good system where you can watch your order and see the parts arrive and get added to the roster before shipping. I only use OEM parts when possible and no one can beat them for pricing and service.
 

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I have a 1990. It hasn't nickeled and dimed me, but I have found things that break or leak or both. I just replace them as needed. An older bike with few miles is still an older bike. Gaskets dry up, o-rings leak, bearings lose grease, etc.



Theres even times I'll order some parts only to find out that after replacing those parts something else leaks/squeaks/breaks and I'll have to replace it too. Don't let it discourage you.
 
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