Hi Self Taut..OUCH! Stripped shifter! (: O I had that happen FAR from home, I had to use a pair of needle-nose visegrips I had in my tool kit to get home. LOL The gaskets..hmm, well I use, CAREFULLY, a small paint scraper. I also make my own scalpels with a katana sword-type tip on them out of old hacksaw blades. They wear forever because they\´re made of carbide/tungsten like a file is. Also soak the old gasket with a rag of toluline or zippo fluid. It\´ll soften them enough to get off. I always wipe down all surfaces with the 94-95% pure rubbing alchohol just to be sure theres no surprizes after going through the hassle of tearin down and building an engine. Ya don\´t need gasket glue for factory gaskets, but you CAN put a THIN film on to hold them in place while you tweek parts into place. I\´ve used gaskets with cracks, but even with gasket glue (use Ultra black-its everything proof, gas,oil, ect) Be warned though, too much glue, and the gaskets will slip,pop out, and leak in wierd places! LOL I tried to warn a buddy NOT to use it on head gaskets!He did it anyways and it blew in LESS than 50-60 seconds of running.Bike engines have such close tolerances that they don\´t really need much of a gasket, unlike domestic car/truck engines. Besides..do you REALLY want excess glue floatin through your engine, pluggin up all the oil journals? ;D I lost a TX500 Yamaha (double over head cam twin) when I was young because glue got into the steel oil mainline to the head.LOL I learned that one the hard way!(and after a LONG walk home) Finally, CONGRATS on rebuilding a tranny! Most people are too afraid to just try it.I give it to Honda for makin the simplest and most bullet-proof trannys! :D K, well I hope that helps ya Self Taut... Good luck, hope you\´re back on the road soon! ;D
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