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Offline nadtiger

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Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« on: May 17, 2020, 04:11:40 AM »
I noticed a small leak on the right side, just below the clutch cover. Is this a common issue ?
Gallery plugs are clean and not leaking, should i do the same thing as others did on there gallery plugs (remove, reseal with Teflon tape) ?



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Re: Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 04:51:27 AM »
Could it be coming from the clutch cover gasket?
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Re: Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2020, 05:06:52 AM »
not really, I ran my finger and it's right at that bolt and washer.

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Re: Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2020, 09:16:06 AM »
Try just backing it off and then retightening, it'll often do the trick
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Re: Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2020, 07:14:18 PM »
It is tight and didn't want to strips the threads.
It only leaks when i ride, that seems very odd. Oil level is close to the upper level.
I will just clean it for now and keep an eye on it.

Won't oil flood out if I loosen that bolt or putting it on side stand helps with the oil level ?

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Re: Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2020, 08:14:39 PM »
I'm fairly sure the bolt is the lower one of the 4 on the left marked 1/7. In which case the bolt (1) is sitting purely against a plain hardened washer (7), not exactly the best option to resist oil.

https://www.fowlersparts.co.uk/parts/5596702/tiger-800-xrx-from-vin-674842/crankcase-bolts

In which case things likley won't get better so I think you are probably best going with your initial thought of using some thread tape after a cleaning. The alternative (my choice) would be a 'Dowty' washer'.  :028:
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Re: Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2020, 01:16:10 AM »
*Originally Posted by nadtiger [+]
Won't oil flood out if I loosen that bolt or putting it on side stand helps with the oil level ?

With the bike on the side stand you can remove the whole clutch cover and take the clutch basket off and no oil comes out. Just let the bike sit for 10 minutes or so to allow the oil to drain to the sumo before you undo anything.

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Re: Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2020, 02:58:33 AM »
Thanks for the input fellow riders :001:

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Re: Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2020, 03:48:01 AM »
Most likely it is that washer and bolt, and job done.
But if a replacement washer and/or thread seal doesn't fix it let us know. Unlikely for yours, but I just had the head replaced under warranty because it had slight oil leak due to a porous casting. Only worth considering if you can't solve it easily.
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Re: Oil leak help (not gallery plugs)
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2020, 12:02:06 AM »
appreciate the response chuck. hopefully it's an easy fix.
I just got back from a 4 day and tiger is a hoot on gravel roads (with the right tires of course). Was cleaning off that area whenever i spot for fuel  :001:

*Originally Posted by chuckxc [+]
Most likely it is that washer and bolt, and job done.
But if a replacement washer and/or thread seal doesn't fix it let us know. Unlikely for yours, but I just had the head replaced under warranty because it had slight oil leak due to a porous casting. Only worth considering if you can't solve it easily.

 


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