xs1100 - valve cover gasket, brake pads, oil hose with hole
The last valve cover gasket I had leaked after only a year. It was OEM. This time I opted for an aftermarket gasket. This one is by Vesrah. It was a perfect fit. Now we will see if it holds up over time.
I was worried about the state of my front brake pads since they had been doused with engine oil due to a leak. I opted to replace them rather than risk having degraded performance. I have been very happy with the EBC brake disc and pads I have on the rear of the bike so I decided to go with EBC for the front also.
I got organic pads. I dont do continuous hard braking so ceramic was out. Organic are supposed to have the best feel for regular use (not racing) and prolong rotor life. The pads for the XS1100 are angled such that the pad goes from thick to thin. It is weird, no doubt. The pads are different between left caliper and right caliper. EBC had the part numbers as FA41 and FA61. They fit fine on their respective sides.
I was sad to see that the new pads did not come with a groove down the center or beveled edges. Both of these features reduce brake noise. My last brake pads had turned squealy even with the groove but now beveled edge. I decided to go ahead and cut my new pads so they had the middle groove and both leading and trailing edges beveled. Hopefully that keeps my pads quiet for the life of the pads.
The most important work I did on the bike was to replace a worn oil line. Rubber lines run to an external oil radiator. Somehow one of those lines had been pressed against an exhaust pipe. This melted the rubber line which then started spewing motor oil. I simply removed the old hose and installed a new one, with particular attention to routing it as far as possible away from any exhaust pipes.