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Old 07-03-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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Oil leak,what to do?

Well i ordered some iridium spark plugs for my bike. They arrived so i tore down the bike, gas tank and air box removal. Now that i have it all off i realize that there is a small leak on the left side looks like from the gasket? My mechanical skill is limited i do the basics but im not sure if i should just put it back together and take it to a shop or if i can just remove the top of the egine and replace the gasket? Is this a common problem with the gasket or should i take it somewhere and have it all checked out? Its do for a valve adjustment anyway, would the gasket be replaced when getting the valves checked? Thanks for any input.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:35 AM   #2
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:37 AM   #3
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:42 AM   #4
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Take it to Motorcycles Unlimited. They are a site sponsor.

I'm pretty sure Patrick and his team can help you out.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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sounds like possibly a valve cover gasket leak. This was a common issue on 04-05 ZX-10r's (ask me how i know).

Do some googling and see and the Zx-6r fell victim to this.

and YES, Call Motorcycles Unlimited and they can do a great job for you on fixing it.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:50 AM   #6
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If that's where it's actually leaking from, and you're planning on getting the valve clearance checked, then I would just put it back together, drop it off, and have the gasket changed during.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:49 PM   #7
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Its a pain in the to get that gasket in properly and free of leaks while the motor is in. Mine is leaking now from the last tear down. I would say if you are having the valves looked at have them replace the gasket.
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If that's where it's actually leaking from, and you're planning on getting the valve clearance checked, then I would just put it back together, drop it off, and have the gasket changed during.
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Go to Motorcycles Unlimited and let them do it. It is not a novice task and even if you have da skills, do you have the patience?
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The ZX6-10 series of bikes are notorious for valve covers leaking.
There are several tricks to resealing them that will make them last over time.
Sometimes the rubber gasket can be reused, others not.
Swing it by the shop and we can take care of it for you.
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