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Last year I rebuild my CB 450. I spent days trying to get the old gaskets off. I finally used a putty knife that I honed the end to a nice sharp endge. Razor blades will dig into the aluminum. I came across a product in the cabinet called Goo Gone. I assume it is available in the grocery store. I was scrapping off the clutch cover gasket and having my usual amount of difficulty. I put some of this stuff on and let it sit for 20 minutes. The removal effort was reduced by 50%.



Your wife may have some also. Give it a try. Helps out a nasty job.
 

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Being in Oz we probably don't have access to that particular product,- by brand name anyway.

I had a CX motor stripped down lastweek and god knows what sort af gasket compound {or maybe even glue} this one had been put together with but it refused to budge.

Being alloy faces I didn't want to have to get too violent with it so applied acrylic thinner ahead of the scraper with a cotton bud. This softened whatever this stuff was up enough to allow removal without damage to the case faces.

Go the 450,- another one of Honda's better ideas.
 

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shep recomends plain simple paint stripper,cheap,and widely available
 

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shep recomends plain simple paint stripper,cheap,and widely available


I've used paint stripper for years.Just leave it on for a good half hour and then any half decent knife and a bit of scotchbrite or emery cloth.Remember to neutralize/wipe off the stripper otherwise it will burn the hands.
 

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Some type of gasket stripper will soften the gasket and make it easier to remove. I have also found that ceramic cooking top scrapers are very useful. The sharp blade cuts under the gasket, but is flexible enough to avoid digging into the aluminium. Perfect for the job.



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