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Old 03-26-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Question bike maybe leaking some fluid?

So I noticed what looked like a few specks of oil or some other fluid on my right fairing last week as if i had followed to close to someone leaking. Didn't see anything on the bike leaking so I wiped it down and went riding. Well just got back from a little ride and spotted again. I looked over the bike with it running hot in the garage and can't find anything. Checked forks, brake lines, looked everywhere for any moisture and found none. I cant for the life of me figure how any leaking fluid could make it around to the front of the fairing from highway riding. Like its spraying something out the front and I'm driving into it. I checked the front wheel all over thinking it was throwing something all over the bike but its bone dry everywhere. I'm stumped. HELP! lol.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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Check the oil filler cap and clutch adjustment cap on the clutch cover.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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Check the oil filler cap and clutch adjustment cap on the clutch cover.
Both seem dry. I did however find what looks like oil leaking from what i think is the valve cover gasket near the little rubber "half circle" plug.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:53 AM   #4
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Im assuming its a to replace the valve cover gasket? Its on 08 Gsxr 600.
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Anyone ever done this?
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:54 AM   #6
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That's a first. Usually only kawis leak from there.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:57 AM   #7
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It is a with the engine in the frame IMO. I have the same leak. I was stupid and got in a hurry putting the engine back in. I waited till it was in the frame to install the valve cover for some reason. Big mistake on my part. It will stay that way till U pull the engine again.
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Well I gotta fix it. Im assuming it will only get worse.
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Mine has not gotten worse. Mine only leaks enough to know there is a leak. It drips on the header and smokes a little. There is some residue on the plastics. Never hits the ground though. Its easy to not get a good seal with the new one when its in the frame. Its a to get that gasket to seat right. A few dabs of black RTV will help keep it in place while you mate the two surfaces.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:44 AM   #10
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So after checking all over the bike again. I found a little oil on the front tire left side. Around the front axle on the left side looks damp also but dry above so I don't think its the fork seal.

Isn't there usually a drain bolt and gasket in the under side of the fork tube? As in you have to pull the front axle, remove the front wheel, and access it from the underside?
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Sounds like the cartridge bolt is leaking.
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Yeah you'll need to take the axle out and also the pinch bolts to access it. Take the fork off the bike and turn it upside down so you don't lose any fluid. If you determine it is the cartridge bolt leaking, might wanna think about getting the forks serviced since you don't know how much fluid is left in the forks.
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Well pulled the wheel last night and the bolt and recessed hole seems dry . I wish they had a fluid test sheet like a drug test color coded. Well did find very fine oily streaks on the left side of the front tire so I can't see how it wouldn't be the forks or rod damper bolt. I'm gonna pump the forks with a friend today and see if I can get fluid to come out the bottom.

Probably have them serviced anyway maybe it will fix the problem. Thanks for the help guys.
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