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Hey Lamont,

My converter has been cooked for some time so that's gotta go. Replacing with a Dacco #3 HD.

Wasn't sure if the clutches were also on the way out or I had another problem but upon smelling the tranny fluid, there's no doubt. That burnt coffee smell gives it away every time, hee hee. Not sure whether I'm going to try a set of Marv's grooved clutches or the stock Nesco. Marv's are a bit pricey.

One of the buds has a blown head gasket on his smallblock and I'm doing all kinds of "experimenting" these days so it's going to be a busy weekend.

You have a plug in port for heated gloves and jacket like the BMW guys yet? Looking at that temp in your backyard bro', you gonna need it! Best...

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Elsboss said:
Hey Lamont,

You have a plug in port for heated gloves and jacket like the BMW guys yet? Looking at that temp in your backyard bro', you gonna need it! Best...

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Funny you should ask :D Yes I do, I have had that since last Daytona Bike Week. We drove 5.5 hour in the rain and it was 36 degrees :( I love my Gerbings :D You got to remember I'm a relocated So Cal boy. ;)
 

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Head Gasket Leak

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Let me guess. The head gasket leak your friend had was at the right rear.
I had the same thing happen before I ever did my stroker and my engine builder told me that is the most vulnerable place because of the small distance between the water passage and the cylinder. When we took off the heads, the right rear headbolt was only a little more than finger tight.
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Joe,

Wait a doggone minute! You've told me you don't know squat about wrenching! If that's the case, how did you hit that whole enchilada right on the head :shock: ?!

Yep, that's exactly right. It was indeed the right rear cylinder and the corner headbolt was hand tight only. Not only is the water passage and cylinder space very close, but the original head gasket on the ZZ4 is junk :( . At least when compared to the Fel-Pro replacement (which is stock on the 502).

With this being the case, it should be recommended that checking head bolt torque occasionally ain't a bad idea. Lots easier than the ugly job of replacing the head gaskets and even uglier to clean the mess. That goop of oil and water/coolant mixing makes icecream EVERYWHERE. Quite an ordeal just to clean it all up :cry: . When considering the damage that can be caused to cylinders, pistons, bearings, etc., it makes one think seriously about checking.

Again, very intuitive Joe. Best regards...

Elliot 8)
 

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Thanks for the kind words but it's people like you who are teaching me and I just happened to have the same experience.
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Elliot,

What did you decide on the clutch pack?? Did you go with the Marv special??

Cripes with all of the new innards, you 'll toast that new Metzler in a week.

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Tim,

I'm going to use the Nesco clutches this go around. The basic difference between them and Marv's are that Nesco's are grooved in a checkerboard design to enable fluid to cool the facing. Marv doesn't have the grooves and subsequently fits an extra clutch disk in.

There's merits to both but the ones Marv uses as a high performance clutch is a bit more expensive. Either one I believe works fine.

Elliot
 
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