Hi Guys, I ordered a new head gasket to have on hand for my 1996 1200 Trident that used to be a Trophy.
Buying that gasket got me wondering. I used to read how some owners had an antifreeze leak on the exhaust side when the engine was cold.
This 1996 engine is painted Gray. In 1998 the black engine was introduced. What a difference in price for a head gasket. The gray engine gasket is something close to $140. The black engine gasket is half that price. Of course the head is made a little differently also. On the Gray engine the front edge on the exhaust side is mostly straight. On the Black engine the front edge on the exhaust side dips in and out to match the curves of the cylinder liners.
So here's my question: Was it the gray engines that leaked or was it the black engines?
Apple Valley, California
'96 900 BRG
'98 900 Sprint
'96 1200 Trident
I'm afraid I can't really answer your question - but thanks for the Heads-Up..
I had noticed the difference in shape for the Black Engine Gasket and as I have just purchased my first BBBB (black engine) I shall be getting a Gasket Set for "stock"
Here in the U.K the Head Gasket for a Grey Engine is only available as part of the Gasket Set but for the Black Engine it is available as a single item - currently £41.
I shall be getting the Kit
Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.
The black engine was the one prone to leaks. Usually when the engine is cold, and ambient temps below 50. Once the engine warmed up, it would stop. Triumph re-engineered the head gasket to prevent this. Replaced my 01 1200 in 05. No problems since.
Yep, it was the black one. I almost purchased a 2002 black engine bike
that had stains from head leakage.
My 2003 never leaked but Triumph was aware of the issue. They replaced mine
under warranty. The mechanic told me that the new gasket was improved and
had resolved the issues.