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Old 06-13-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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need help 01 ninja

I have a 01 kawasaki ninja zx6r that I recently changed the oil using what the kawa shop recommneded, respol oil and I got 4 quarts because the sticker on the tranny says 3.7l which I assume is liters right? The guy at the dealer tried to sell me 7 quarts. When I started it up the oil light came on for about 2 minutes and then went away. After riding it for a couple minutes I could feel the engine hesitating and pulled back into my house and it was smoking pretty bad from the exhaust and there was oil coming from the top of the head.
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:58 PM   #2
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4 liters is correct for the oil
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:04 PM   #3
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Is repsol the correct type of oil? So I dont know what could have gone wrong, It ran fine before the oil change but the bike hasnt been run in about a year, could this just be oil deposits in the cylinders?
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:09 PM   #4
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Have you checked the sight glass to see what the level is at standing upright, w the engine off?
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:19 PM   #5
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Sounds like you blew your head gasket. Did the bike overheat?
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Have you checked the sight glass to see what the level is at standing upright, w the engine off?
See I thought that the sight glass was supposed to be in the middle correct? Or at least on my old honda f4i it was. The level on the ninja was to the top.
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Sounds like you blew your head gasket. Did the bike overheat?
The bike didnt get over 165 no over heating
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:38 PM   #8
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ok from a little research I did the sight glass is supposed to be filled to the top, this engine has 20k and we havent owned it long at all, plus when we drained the oil from the previous owner there was prolly no more than 1-2 quarts at the most, but the bike ran prefectly fine. I guess it could be the engine just getting used to the new oil or could getting the wrong type of oil/filter cause this?
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U need to check where exactly the oil leak is coming from.

If you have a vent leaking, its overfilled.

If its a gasket, replace it.


If and engine that is designed for a thicker standard oil has a full synthetic put into it, there is a chance over an extended period of time for leaks to occur. I have seen an early model E39 740 smoking bad from stem seals leaking. We switched them back to regular oil and the smoking stopped.

Or post a pic
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:59 AM   #10
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it was probabally burning old oil off
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U need to check where exactly the oil leak is coming from.

If you have a vent leaking, its overfilled.

If its a gasket, replace it.


If and engine that is designed for a thicker standard oil has a full synthetic put into it, there is a chance over an extended period of time for leaks to occur. I have seen an early model E39 740 smoking bad from stem seals leaking. We switched them back to regular oil and the smoking stopped.

Or post a pic
where is the vent located? It looked like the oil was coming from above the head and leaking down onto the headers.
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Not sure if this applies but.....

On the Aprilia I have found that an oil level at the recommended full mark on the sight glass causes oil to blow back into the air box under deceleration (engine braking). It took me almost a month to figure out why she would let out a wet fart every so often and blow smoke constantly. Keeping the oil level about an inch below the full mark on the sight glass has wholeheartedly corrected this problem.

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I'm not 100% correct but this should be a wet sump lubrication system. Under certain conditions (wheelies, stoppies, high g-forces be it acceleration or deceleration) the oil in the pan will rock or slosh to one end or another. If the oil goes too far from one extreme or another the oil pickup will actually suck air instead of oil. Not good if this is the cause. I'm no bike tech but I've seen it happen numerous times and not just on bikes. Matt, if I don't have my wood screwed here let me know. Good luck and welcome.


Just a thought.
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