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Andy350

2015 KTM 350 excf Oil Residue

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This has been noticeable for at least 6 months but after Beechworth ride its looking like this. A quick google returned a common thread that this is just what my bike does and then there was more information on how to clean your engine. The engine has not been touched since new apart from oil change/screen/oil filter etc.

 

Any feedback would be much appreciated before I start tearing the bike down. f185d80cafe8593031ce7e2419ad816e.jpg&key=36c8532f96d4575ba54b595eaf4c82a2d7f1bc73eaa838ca6bd98f941ebc74920851842e4d593fe02fb23ea8415cbbb4.jpg&key=01643d6706d8de72b1b9d78fe45a39d0059f9a59c0e18b7a4b8bd90643ceb9cbd03a8bf565d8beb5bf536012d297b170.jpg&key=cd7a50f9d06166c2706e04707b8baddde966489af874b8389ddb206136a77d8b

 

 

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Looks like the valve cover gasket is slightly leaking..pop the valve cover off (might as well check ya valves) and either replace valve cover gasket (# 772 36 053 000) and run a thin bit of automotive silicone to insure it doesn't leak again.

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The rocker cover gasket is rubber, reusable and doesn't need a sealant but a smear of silicon is still required on the 2 semicircles on the head side on assembly. Whoever checked the valves last didn't do this (or given my opinion of ktm it could've been the factory that forgot what their own procedure says). No big deal, it's not gonna leak a lot of oil.

I think ktms probably dont deserve a decent wash but clean it with a rag and a bit of WD40 spray if you must. Don't hit it with high pressure spray.

When you get tired of having to clean it all the time just pop the cover off (have fun pulling the plug cap, plug and head stay) wipe clean the surfaces, add the smear of silicone (just on the semicircles) and reuse the gasket.

Ahhhh, the joys of KTM ownership.

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Looks like the valve cover gasket is slightly leaking..pop the valve cover off (might as well check ya valves) and either replace valve cover gasket (# 772 36 053 000) and run a thin bit of automotive silicone to insure it doesn't leak again.

Thank you very much
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The rocker cover gasket is rubber, reusable and doesn't need a sealant but a smear of silicon is still required on the 2 semicircles on the head side on assembly. Whoever checked the valves last didn't do this (or given my opinion of ktm it could've been the factory that forgot what their own procedure says). No big deal, it's not gonna leak a lot of oil.
I think ktms probably dont deserve a decent wash but clean it with a rag and a bit of WD40 spray if you must. Don't hit it with high pressure spray.
When you get tired of having to clean it all the time just pop the cover off (have fun pulling the plug cap, plug and head stay) wipe clean the surfaces, add the smear of silicone (just on the semicircles) and reuse the gasket.
Ahhhh, the joys of KTM ownership.

Thanks Michael
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