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Old 12 June 2013, 15:13   #1
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Suzuki cover gasket issues

Hi

I'm having a bit of an issue with the gasket on the cover of my 250 Suzuki. It came loose and now won't fit back on. There is no stretch to it, feels like there is a metal core or something. Any suggestions?

Thanks
Jason
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Old 13 June 2013, 10:57   #2
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Don't know about Suzy's, but the one on my Yam fell off; I used a bit of silicone caulk to give it a bit of adhesion. I didn't have the stretch problem (or lack thereof) though.

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Old 13 June 2013, 12:27   #3
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yeah, I tried some silicone as well but it just doesn't fit!

I was just going to get a new one but they are $100 !!!!
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Old 13 June 2013, 13:36   #4
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Suzuki engine cover seal will fit and can be stuck back on cover

Experience - we had a number of Suzuki 250's
Engine covers come off daily
Because of design, pull up lid, part of it falls off the hood.
Need three pairs of hands to keep the seal in position when you replace the lids.

Our solution
With the hood upturned replace the seal - It will fit, you start at the back and keep pulling tight as you stretch the seal around the lid.
Once on mark up corresponding points on both the lid and the seal so you know where everything should go.
Marhk the position/height of the seal on the lid surround outside at least

Take the seal off
Thoroughly clean the inside of the seal - remove all old oils etc, abrade slightly with emery cloth/sandpaper
Clean and abrade the lid where the seal is going to cover -
Yes its score that shiny paintwork
Place masking tape around the lid to preserve for the next phase

Apply Sikkaflex liberally
Place the seal back on the lid
To keep in position we used the heavy duty type clothes pegs

Retire to the pub

Having left for 24/48 hours in a warm place you should find the seal sticks 'till the next time'
For us that was around a season or 200 days.
It became a 'winter job

Tony
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Old 13 June 2013, 17:52   #5
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thanks tony. I knew somebody would have some first hand knowledge. Doesn't sound promising but I'll keep at it.

Yes, part of the problem was the engine was shipped to me lying down and full of oil which it barfed all over the inside of the cover and seal before the cover fell off and bounced around inside the truck.

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