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Old 02-18-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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need some input on what I can do to remedy the problem. I have a small Oil leak on one side of the engine. Iam not losing alot of OIL, I just dont want it to cause any issue later on.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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i cant see anything... but if its leaking from the area youre taking a pic of, thats the head gasket
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I dont see anything either. Unless its forming drops, a little misting is normal.
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That is a valve cover gasket leak. NOT head gasket, perhaps a typo by AYEELE?

Anyways, it is a common problem with some of the Kawasaki's. You can try removing it and cleaning it. Or just replace it with a new one. I can tell you right now it is a bit of a PITA getting to the valve cover on the 04-05 model. I adjusted my valves on my 04 a few years ago so I've been in there.

How many miles are on the bike? If it bothers you enough, get it taken care of. You should be able to DIY. If it were me, while I'm in there I would try to do some maintenance and mods Valve adjustment, spark plugs, and block off plates
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That is a valve cover gasket leak. NOT head gasket, perhaps a typo by AYEELE?

Anyways, it is a common problem with some of the Kawasaki's. You can try removing it and cleaning it. Or just replace it with a new one. I can tell you right now it is a bit of a PITA getting to the valve cover on the 04-05 model. I adjusted my valves on my 04 a few years ago so I've been in there.

How many miles are on the bike? If it bothers you enough, get it taken care of. You should be able to DIY. If it were me, while I'm in there I would try to do some maintenance and mods Valve adjustment, spark plugs, and block off plates
I appreciate your input. I have replaced the plugs already. My bike has 11K on it and the leak is very minimal. I happen to see when I was cleaning the bike. It was less than a spit. So, I take the same step as replacing the plug. I would like to do my own repairs.
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That is a valve cover gasket leak. NOT head gasket, perhaps a typo by AYEELE?

Anyways, it is a common problem with some of the Kawasaki's. You can try removing it and cleaning it. Or just replace it with a new one. I can tell you right now it is a bit of a PITA getting to the valve cover on the 04-05 model. I adjusted my valves on my 04 a few years ago so I've been in there.

How many miles are on the bike? If it bothers you enough, get it taken care of. You should be able to DIY. If it were me, while I'm in there I would try to do some maintenance and mods Valve adjustment, spark plugs, and block off plates
yeah typo.. but anywho while youre done there might as well do the block off plates or you can just sell it and get an oil burning 08 1000rr
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That is a valve cover gasket leak. NOT head gasket, perhaps a typo by AYEELE?

Anyways, it is a common problem with some of the Kawasaki's. You can try removing it and cleaning it. Or just replace it with a new one. I can tell you right now it is a bit of a PITA getting to the valve cover on the 04-05 model. I adjusted my valves on my 04 a few years ago so I've been in there.

How many miles are on the bike? If it bothers you enough, get it taken care of. You should be able to DIY. If it were me, while I'm in there I would try to do some maintenance and mods Valve adjustment, spark plugs, and block off plates
Do you have any tips and tricks on how to install the block off plates and avoiding th FI lights coming on? And do you have any block off plates that will fit my bike and you want to sell?
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Looks like a Valve cover gasket leak...
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I would replace that gasket after ever valve adjustment. We have the "option" to on my bike but it just seems like good house-keeping.

If you find that your model bike also seems to have a problem with vaproization or weeping of oil thru the valve gasket its prob a good bet to do all maintenance in that area at once, like you have recently, then replace the gasket so you dont have to return to it until the whole valve-train needs servicing again. (like once every 18,000mi then a third time for the rest of the life of the bike)

just going of the top of my head please check your owners manual to make an informed decision about something like this
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Yeah, like it has been said already it's a valve cover leak. It is really common on this model bike. I would tear it down clean everythign really well replace the gasket and re-assemble. Check the crankcase breather assembly for any obstructions as well. This is typically a non pressurized area, if the oil is coming out it is being pressurized somehow. Check your breather assembly.
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Do you have any tips and tricks on how to install the block off plates and avoiding th FI lights coming on? And do you have any block off plates that will fit my bike and you want to sell?
Well...there's a few ways you can go about it. Plugging the hose to your airbox works. I used a marble and did it on my 04. I had some pretty bad backfiring on decel with the full system and it got rid of that. I've seen some remove the AIS sensor, buy a rubber hose, and attach the hose to run from each plate...

I can't speak for the 04 model, but on my 2011, the Block off plate kit I bought from Ivan's Performance allowed me to remove the whole AIS system and it came with a connector with a jumped wire to bypass the error code by removing the sensor.
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