From:Ken Lee
Subject:RE: De-luxe valve caps Date:Sat Aug 31 11:06:49 2013
Response to:4813
Nice one Sverre , are you competing with me ?? glad you had a good ride but very lucky the plug came out , probably due to the never sieze compound , I think you were lucky . Very early in my Henderson days , I had to take plugs out to do a valve job , do not know how long the plugs had been in before I got the bike but I still have on my shelf the plug still screwed into the corner of the cylinder that broke off !!!!! Probably best to soak in some sort of release oil first IF possible . Hope the others come out OK when and IF you need to . best wishes , Ken


Had my longest one day ride on the Henderson last weekend. Rode 400km`s on single lane country roads, including two mountain passes.

The first pass is kind of different from most mountain passes over here, as the climb is done by two very long straight hills, which the old De-luxe did easily in third (I thought). Having stopped at the top of the mountain for a while I found the exhaust valve on the rear cyl had frozen in open position when I was to continue my ride.
I had my 8" long home made valve plug wrenchlong with me, the one that I used to tighten the plugs after my renovation. I couldnt move the plug to get access to the valve, no chance. Had to ride to a nearby tractor workshop (on a three cyl Henderson) where we ended up using a 50" long arm on a power socket, using a hammer on the socket top to shock the threads.
When I finally got the plug removed the threads was OK and I could easily turn the plug back in by hand????
I dont understand why the plug was so hard to get out? I had used Never-Seez high temp compound on the threads before assembling.
Plugs where bought from Bill at St. Louis Henderson parts, great parts I think.
Anyone experienced the same problem??
Now I am seriously worried about the remaining exhaust valve plugs.

Kind regards
Sverre Gerber
AMCA 3489