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Old 12-23-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
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water pump cover tube o rings?

I was replacing water pump seal today. First time on this bike - 31k miles. 2006.
Original stock, didnt go bad yet, but I had time.
When I was pulling the aluminum "tube" from the cover o-rings were not "together"(like in Pyndon's rebuild report on HOW), but on either side of the tube "bulge". It never leaked(visibly) from there and came that way from the factory.
Did anybody else had orings from factory installed the same way?
It may explain why I always had to add a little bit of coolant .

Here 2 pictures from Pyndons rebuild, clearly both o rings on the inside, so I installed it the same way.


Shaft looked just fine, no wear. But some milky stuff was between shaft bearings and seal - may be it was about to go.
Here is shaft:

here is milky stuff
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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That is the way the o rings on my 990 were installed. One on either side of the "bulge". I put them back that way...
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:58 AM   #3
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From the factory.

One on each side as stated.

When we rebuild WPs we put 2 new o-rings on the Inside and one of the older ones, or New if you want to, on the outside. Gives you a few more sealing surfaces and does no harm.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:39 AM   #4
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Well, too late for me. Already installed 2 on the inside. It's all buttoned up and running fine. I went for a ride - it's nice and sunny here.
I used regular coolant, if there is no sign of leaking water pump seal at next oil change then I will drain and put engine ice and add o ring on the outside.
thanks guys.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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Hi 666 my 2004 950 Adv was assembeled the same way as yours. I also used Pyndons write up, and placed the new O-ring on the same side of the "bulge" that is pump side....

Mine was also leaking from that pipe, just a Little. Now it is holding up fine, but Im loosing a bit of coolant still/Again, havent solved that yet..havent tried..

I Wonder what the right way is..
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:31 PM   #6
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I am currently changing out my water pump shaft, all going well, but looking at the water pump shaft bearings I do not understand how they get lubricated. The two bearings are set up with the seals on the outside of each bearing, circlip in the middle, I dont understand how they get oil. The seals would tend to keep oil out of the bearings?? Or at least the seal on the inner bearing would.
What am I missing?
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #7
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I put one on o-ring eatch side, slide the tube in, put liquid gasket into the grove between the tube and the case. Then push in the outer o-ring, put some liquid gasket ontop of that and then add the pressplate where after i add blue threadlock to the bolts and tighten them to 15NM.

Every other way of sealing failed due to the tubing being rubbed in a bit from the outher o-ring. It has been leak free for the past 8k km. The threadlock is for precautionary matters. It's my 4th KTM and i always add threadlock or saftewire to most bolts that have the function to seal fluid openings.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:58 PM   #8
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I would advise caution applying anything that sets to an o ring to help it seal, especially if there is movement or alignment issues in the joint.The whole concept of o rings is that they deform in a controlled manner and if you put in some liquid gasket material that may then turn hard, you may effect the o rings chances of sealing under vibration or movement with heating and cooling.
I have found that some decent lube on the o rings so that they seat happliey is the most important factor.
You have to have happy well lubricated o rings!!

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Old 01-20-2013, 07:57 PM   #9
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Damn it. Just walked through my garage and noticed coolant dripping from the bike. Yep, looks like it's coming from there. I guess I have to pull it out and add o ring on the outside.
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never mind. It doesnt leak from there. I took gas tank off and for some reason all hose connections to the thermostat housing started to leak. Factory clamps. I guess 7 years old is too old for these hoses and clamps.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:43 PM   #10
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I would advise caution applying anything that sets to an o ring to help it seal, especially if there is movement or alignment issues in the joint.The whole concept of o rings is that they deform in a controlled manner and if you put in some liquid gasket material that may then turn hard, you may effect the o rings chances of sealing under vibration or movement with heating and cooling.
I have found that some decent lube on the o rings so that they seat happliey is the most important factor.
You have to have happy well lubricated o rings!!

No warrenty expressed or implied by these coments! If it works for you go for it.
I always grease the o-rings with marine grade Suzuki water resistant grease. No luck in that department. The tubing is rubbed in a bit and the o-ring lacks the form to seal it properly.
So i had 2 options, new tubing or liquid gasket. My cheap-o solution seems to be fine after 8000km. :)
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:38 AM   #11
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The standard o ring for the tube to water pump connection is 25* 3. these dimensions are metric. If you have wear in one part you could try a 1 inch * 1/8 dia o ring. The 1/8 o ring is very slightly larger in diameter and the o ring is is slightly longer (25.4 mm) so you are stuffing a little bit more rubber in the hole which may make the difference.
I have reguarly made o rings using o ring cord, a sharp knife and instant glue. Got me out of a hole a few times at work but really only works best on larger diameters. On smaller diameters it is hard to get an aligned joint in the o ring.
I am not suggesting that you tear down your non leaking bike to try this out though.

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Old 01-23-2013, 03:27 PM   #12
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The standard o ring for the tube to water pump connection is 25* 3. these dimensions are metric. If you have wear in one part you could try a 1 inch * 1/8 dia o ring. The 1/8 o ring is very slightly larger in diameter and the o ring is is slightly longer (25.4 mm) so you are stuffing a little bit more rubber in the hole which may make the difference.
I have reguarly made o rings using o ring cord, a sharp knife and instant glue. Got me out of a hole a few times at work but really only works best on larger diameters. On smaller diameters it is hard to get an aligned joint in the o ring.
I am not suggesting that you tear down your non leaking bike to try this out though.

All opinions are given with no warrenty, expressed or implied!!
I tear it down every year anyway.
Fresh coolant and quick flush for the peace of mind. (and a complete 'gotrough' maintenance wise)
But if this holds up im just gonna use the method i am currently using. It's a guaranteed seal on the first try.

Unless you can give me that warrenty! Thx for the tip tho, appreciate it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:39 AM   #13
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You probably would not be able to find imperial o rings in metric Belgum any way. Been a little while since they used feet and inches
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