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Old Jun 27th 2017, 08:54 AM   #1
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Oil on lower water radiator?

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Has anyone else had this happen to their bike? I recently noticed some oil or some type of liquid on my lower water radiator? Bike has about 3,4xx miles. Did an oil change maybe 400 miles ago. Bike is still under warranty under a 3rd party company.
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Rocker cover gasket leaking on front cylinder?
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Old Jun 27th 2017, 09:19 AM   #3
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Rocker cover gasket leaking on front cylinder?
that is exactly right... had that issue on my 1199
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Old Jun 27th 2017, 09:22 AM   #4
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check your valve cover bolts

this is the reason why Phl is selling those titanium valve cover bolts that have holes drilled for safety wiring
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Old Jun 27th 2017, 09:51 AM   #5
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Mine looks the same but doesn't look fresh.. it's like an old stain.

Quick question, my bike was leaking from that cover (left/clutch side). I just put a bunch of high temp silicone around it and haven't noticed any more leaks or at least it decreased A LOT.

But, if I were to fix it the right way (make a new gasket seal) can I just pop that cover open and I will be "ok" to proceed or I have to drain all the oil first then remove the cover? Also, what's behind it? nothing will pop out or some weird s#*t, right?

When I put the silicone around it I was changing my oil and was gonna fix it the right way but I just couldn't remove the freaking cover, it was like super stuck there! any advice on how to properly remove it?

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Originally Posted by rrgermanlv View Post
Mine looks the same but doesn't look fresh.. it's like an old stain.

Quick question, my bike was leaking from that cover (left/clutch side). I just put a bunch of high temp silicone around it and haven't noticed any more leaks or at least it decreased A LOT.

But, if I were to fix it the right way (make a new gasket seal) can I just pop that cover open and I will be "ok" to proceed or I have to drain all the oil first then remove the cover? Also, what's behind it? nothing will pop out or some weird s#*t, right?

When I put the silicone around it I was changing my oil and was gonna fix it the right way but I just couldn't remove the freaking cover, it was like super stuck there! any advice on how to properly remove it?

Thanks in advance
If you're talking about the gold colored valve cover, then just unbolt everything and pull it off. Nothing will pop out, and you won't screw up the timing or anything like that.

I would not recommend you use silicone as the gasket sealer if you take the cover off to reseal. Ducati uses ThreeBond but there are a lot of other gasket sealers out there.

If you're having trouble, heat it up around the edges and gently tap it with a rubber mallet and pull hard.
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If you're talking about the gold colored valve cover, then just unbolt everything and pull it off. Nothing will pop out, and you won't screw up the timing or anything like that.

I would not recommend you use silicone as the gasket sealer if you take the cover off to reseal. Ducati uses ThreeBond but there are a lot of other gasket sealers out there.

If you're having trouble, heat it up around the edges and gently tap it with a rubber mallet and pull hard.
The one I am talking about is the one inside the red circle
And the silicone I have is RTV high temp (red and also gold)

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The one I am talking about is the one inside the red circle
And the silicone I have is RTV high temp (red and also gold)

Should still be ok to remove and reseal as it's just the timing gear behind it...picture of the motor cutaway: http://motoexpert.ru/wp-content/uplo...cutaway-03.jpg
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Should still be ok to remove and reseal as it's just the timing gear behind it...picture of the motor cutaway: http://motoexpert.ru/wp-content/uplo...cutaway-03.jpg
Thanks! Great picture by the way.

Was just a little bit concerned because somebody told me there was some sort of rod behind that cover that could pop out but I didn't notice anything in that cutaway picture!
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I pulled the fairings off and was able to source the leak. Looks like the valve cover gasket leak.

Will be taking it in for warranty work

Thanks for the help!
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