950 Super Enduro "Quick Question(s)" Thread...

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by WARRIORPRINCEJJ, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. KTM450SX

    KTM450SX Been here awhile

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    NP The manual says to use 50/50 high quality coolant and distilled water.

    If your just a little low I would think just adding a touch of distilled water would work fine.
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  2. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    Did you have the bike from new? Has anyone had the header pipes off?

    The graphite seals are easily damaged & when they leak, the bike pops and backfires like crazy. Ive experienced it.
    Its possible a seal has leaked from new...
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  3. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Today, I was on the last leg of a 600-mile trip. About 200 miles into the last leg (which was about 300 miles total), I noticed this...

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    What the hell happened here? Did I grenade something?

    I thought the crankcase vented into the airbox. However, there is motor oil all over the left/rear (exterior) of the airbox, and the left-side of the rear cylinder.

    At first, I thought that the oil on the outside (left/rear) of the airbox was the filter oil that had been leaking since I oiled the pre-filter. That shit has been dribbling-off for weeks...guess I put too much. However, the oil that is now on the exterior of the airbox seems to match the oil that is on the rear cylinder (which I would guess is engine oil...judging by it's color and consistency).

    What the hell did I mess-up now?...


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  4. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Oil pressure switch on the rear of the front cylinder?
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  5. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    First off...Thank you, triplenickel, for the response.

    I believe that the switch that you mentioned (oil pressure switch) is the connection that I found undone when I had the airbox off a few weeks back. The connection resembles that of the horn. As per the advice I got here, I re-connected it.

    After you mentioned it, I went out to the garage and checked it. It was still connected. I tried to move the female connection back and forth, and it appeared to have a good, solid connection.

    Is it possible that, on the long highway runs of my trek, the crankcase built-up so much pressure that the motor burped oil? I was between 80 and 90 mph (indicated). It doesn't make sense to me, as I was under the impression that the LC-8 was a racing motor. I am at a loss...


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  6. motomal

    motomal Been here awhile

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    I think he means that the switch itself may not be screwed into the cylinder tightly. The electrical connection may still ok but is not going to affect oil leakage.
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  7. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    The switches are a known leak spot.
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  8. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Thank you, gentlemen.

    Just when you think you've read everything about the make/model of the bike that you own, you learn something new. I had never heard of the switch being a known leak area. I wish I had known that a few weeks back, when I had the thing apart. Oh well...

    Last night, after getting home from work, I looked at the bike a little more closely. It appears that the bike did, indeed, burp oil into the airbox. It also appears that gravity took-over from there, carrying most of the oil to the lower/rear portion of the airbox (inside). It appears that the oil flowed-down between the airbox seal/boot...which I didn't think was possible...and onto the rear intake manifold/cylinder area.

    Funny thing is...I had been riding my bike to work, everyday. When I decided to take this trip, I also decided to check the oil level...which I found to be very low. I rode the bike...checked the oil...rode it some more...added oil...rode it some more...re-checked it...etc. I wound-up adding about 2/3 to 3/4 of a liter. That left the oil level just above the "low" line, on the site glass, on the oil bag. It appears that the oil that I added, or most of it, is the oil that the bike got rid of. As I stated, I am at a loss...


    P.S.- It appears that the bike does have a little seepage near the oil pressure switch. However, as I noted above, I don't think that was the inception of this particular leak.

    Once again, thanks for all the help.


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  9. Conspire

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    while trying to change the front tire, I can't fit the brake disk between the brake pads and pistons. I know it should be simple, but how do I open up/separate the brake pads so i can slide the wheel and brake disk into place?
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  10. olec

    olec Rookie

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    The biggest flat screwdriver you can fit between the pads (centered). Twist it slowly, and the piston will be forced in.
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  11. cross-country

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    Occasionaly while riding my '07 SE the trip computer's display will quickly dim and go blank, like the computer is loosing power.

    While this is happening the temp light (and maybe oil pressure light?) will come on while the temp bars are all lit and blinking.

    If I reach under the computer and pull/push the harness connector into the back of the computer, the display returns and the temp goes back to a normal reading.

    Anyone seen this? Any ideas?

    Thanks!
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  12. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    How much life are you getting out of a set of rear brakes.

    I got 7000 Kilometers out of my stock ones. The replacements lasted all of 1000 kilometers. I didn't notice what brand they where I just wanted to get riding again. I'm about to change them out yet again, this time with stock pads (brembo)
    Just wondering what kind of life you are getting.
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  13. charlie264

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    Read the manual, says 12nm for SD and 20nm for the 950/990 top clamp and 15nm for the bottom. Can someone confirm it’s the same for the SE, 20nm seems a little tight?

    Cheers.
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  14. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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    Does the SE have a battery inside the computer, like the small bikes do?

    Your 'puter is kinda "open" due to the 8" doubles, isn't it? Dust?

    Meh. I got nothing.:lol3

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  15. edgy

    edgy Been here awhile

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    Just noticed that my front left fork is pissing out oil! 21000 kms/2008 model - is that about normal?
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  16. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    HH clamp bolts on top triple clamp............M8............20Nm

    HH clamp bolts on bottom triple clamp.......M8............15Nm

    As you can see, those are M8 bolts. I have the same bolts, on the cast triples, on my 300...and their torque values are 17 and 12Nm, respectively. 20Nm is not really that tight for them. I think those M8 bolts can go as high as 25-30Nm's.


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  17. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    I think that there are a few factors that come into play. How do you ride your SE?...mostly street?...Lotta' offroad? Do you clean your bottom tubes? Do you "breathe" the forks after you're done beatin' it offroad?

    From what I have seen, there are guys who go through seals like underwear. But, many of their bikes are "rode hard and put-up wet".

    I thought that "breathing" thing was snake oil. But, there are suspension gurus who really believe in it. If you ride really hard, try breathing your fork tubes and see if the flow slows...


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  18. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    I replaced my stock rear 950 SE brake pads this morning, with just under 7,000 miles on the odo. They may have gone another 400-600 miles :scratch
    My 690 Enduro rear's didnt last that long.
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  19. steve Trimm

    steve Trimm Adventurer

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    fit a set of bleed valves.you will be shocked how much air pressure builds up after a hard days riding.
    sitting at 35000km and still all ok
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  20. Colorado Uli

    Colorado Uli Motociclista Non Elegante

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    Oh yeah. I've see it happen a hundred times before. It's caused by the rider not obeying the speed limit. Smart Austrian engineers, eh?

    You are a brutal, brutal man. :dhorse

    Got nothin' either, but I think Jim's smoking crack with his battery idea.

    I'll think about it though.