Thanks For The Add, Some Advice Please?

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  1. Bruce Henry

    Bruce Henry New Member

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    Yeah.....when looking at the gasket with the part number search, it just doesn’t seem to match my cover, too many bolt holes. I live near Woburn triumph so when they open I will pop along to ask.
     
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  2. joe mc donald

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    Its not a big job to do. The only alarm signals I see there is someone has been messing with it before. So first thing hope they have not stripped any threads and all that gunk need to be cleaned away when the cover is of. And like Spirnterll says try torqueing them first see if that cures it.
    Regards
    Joe.
     
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  3. Bruce Henry

    Bruce Henry New Member

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    Thanks joe, yes one bolt at the bottom left seems to have an issue and looks like the bolt head is a bit stripped and oil also seems to be leaking from that as well. Hopefully the thread on the casing hasn’t been stripped. I don’t have a torque wrench but might be able to buy one. Do you know what torque setting is required for those bolts?
     
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  4. joe mc donald

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    No not sure on that bike. But generally those bolt usually those bolts are about 8lb. Sure someone will come to the rescue soon.
    regards
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  5. Callumity

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    Ok my two ‘penneth’.

    It is not a concours bike in the first flush of youth........

    Forget the gasket and use this stuff or a similar RTV silicone
    https://www.demon-tweeks.com/uk/wurth-super-rtv-silicone-sealant-wur089332110/

    The trick is to clean mating faces meticulously with nail varnish remover (usually the cheapest/easiest way to buy small quantities of acetone). Lean the bike well on its right side and well supported to avoid an oil change.

    Apply a small bead (3-4mm thick) to the cover circling bolt holes and give it 15 mins to skin up. Then bolt up and wipe off any excess. ‘Good hand tight’ should suffice into alloy cases. The burred bolt head should drive ok with a hexagonal socket from an impact set rather than the 16 point ‘normal’ socket.

    Leave overnight or longer and you should be good to go.
     
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  6. joe mc donald

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    Yes all that instant fix is reasonable used in moderation. To many time I have seen bikes where some retard smothers the casing and 10 miles later you have silicon floating around an engine blocking every oilway possible.
    Regards
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  7. Bruce Henry

    Bruce Henry New Member

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    Thanks joe, most helpful.
     
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  8. Callumity

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    It is not the ‘instant fix’ you suggest. Plenty of engine builders use it for sealing the manifold valley in V8s to accommodate the slight imperfections that let gaskets leak. I have too.
    You are right that less is more when you apply it.
     
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  9. Adie P

    Adie P Crème de la Crème

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    Yes, I see what you're saying - the crankcase end cover only has 5 bolts and the gasket shows 7 holes. :confused: I take it your bike is a standard ('ish! Clearly the bike's not standard, but the engine might be?) early 955i Speed Triple? It's not had an engine swap, by any chance?

    Anyway, if Woburn are open, make sure you have your VIN and engine numbers handy - they should be able to match the gasket required from those numbers.

    Callumity's suggestion is entirely valid and practical - but, if you do go down that route, use a very thin bead on the outer edge of the cover and surrounding the bolt holes.
     
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  10. Bruce Henry

    Bruce Henry New Member

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    Thanks all for your inputs. As I thought , there are more than one way to to do everything.
     
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  11. Dartplayer

    Dartplayer Crème de la Crème

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    Hi Bruce and welcome to the forum :cool: You may have missed the suggestion to nip the screws up slightly and take for a ride to heat up, as this may be enough to correct the seal
     
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  12. Bruce Henry

    Bruce Henry New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome, yes did see that and I have tried just hand tightening it with no movement, didn’t want to “spanner” tighten it any more just in case there are issues with a crushed gasket or stripped thread. Will have to do something soon as it leaks about a 50p size of oil a day just standing still !!! Thanks for your advice anyway.
     
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  13. Bruce Henry

    Bruce Henry New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your help, oil leak was not the gasket after all but a small crack in the actual engine casing which has now been repaired and no more oil leak ! Thanks again
     
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  14. Bad Billy

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    Hi Mate, I am late to the party as usual :rolleyes: ... was literally just about to suggest that you check the case for a hairline crack as the picture looks like the case is scraped suggesting it had been on it's side at some point. ;):p:D

    Now some inmates on hear will be shouting BS at their screens! :eek:











    And they would be spot on! :blush:

    Welcome to the Forum by the way :cool:
     
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  15. joe mc donald

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    Just caught up with this topic. So glad you got sorted and did it all on your own. Now you can get out there and enjoy the open roads. Well Done.
    Regards
    Joe.
     
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