I am a First time poster, new owner of a buddies 05. he was the original owner, it was well maintained.
He got in a slight mishap, dropped the bike and it has a small oil leak / crack on mounting boss. insurance totaled the bike, and we made a deal.
I bought a used head on EBay, intending to just swap heads, but a few questions:
the bike has around 40K miles. doesn't use any oil, so I plan on just swapping the head.
no idea of miles on used head... super clean though, cam journals look like new.
Are these bikes hard on valves valve guides or seats? should I be concerned? (I will take a look at valves and seats, but really don't want to do a entire tear down)
a head gasket is about 80 bucks... do I need to go for the base gasket as well?
any thoughts or suggestions on aftermarket gasket sets?
thanks for any advice, I look forward to putting some miles on this baby!