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post #1 of 7 Old 05-28-2011, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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oil where cylinder meets case, ugg.

Hello folks.

So I had the 685 KIT put on by the local dealer. Oil consumption near zero. The bike has more power and was worth the price. I had an Eagle Mike doo put on at the same time. Sure wish I would have do the upgraded Stator. Any thing else I forgot?

I bought metal head gasket for the head. I DID NOT buy one for where the piston cylinder meets the case. Seems like one would have came with the kit or the shop would order a new one. Now after 2000 miles I saw a bit of oil on my case near the starter. I figured I left the oil cap slightly lose or spilled oil. I cleaned it and checked a day later. Its back.

So I was wondering if is should have had the shop retorque the head and or cylinder?

I did have the valves adjusted after 200 miles.

Should I park it till I can have the gasket replaced? How bad can I damage the motor, it does not leek bad, just a seep of oil. But still not cool.

Hope you can help me. Hope even more your out riding while im stuck at work.

Thanks, Erik.
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-28-2011, 03:26 PM
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Erik -

If it is leaking I can almost guarantee that the dealer used a Cometic base gasket.

The good news is that it is merely unsightly. Keep it wiped away and it should be OK. I doubt that retorqueing the head would do any good.

Take it back to the dealer and ask them to fix it, as it shouldn't have to be that way. Make them fix it, if you can. Cause some grief for Cometic, if you can.

I think the whole Cometic company should be covered in dung and then capped with concrete.

I have a shrine in the back yard to JuJu, with a jigger of rum and an nice Larrańaga Petit Corona always in place. I poke pins in the package the Cometic gasket came in.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-28-2011, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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I was gonna ride in there next week. I thought I asked for the upgraded gaskets. I don't think the shop burned me on purpose or anything. I was told there mechanic is good by someone I trust.

Do you think it should still burn oil? I thought the new 685 piston would fix that. It could be that im finally riding like I stole it. But I just don't like burning any oil.

Thanks for your opinion.
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Erik -

Take a real close look; you should be able to tell if there is a steel gasket in there or a fiber gasket.

I'm sure the reputable shop and mechanic didn't purposely burn you, either, but my recollection is that Schnitz supplies the Cometic gasket with the kit. If you truly said "put the upgraded gasket in" the mechanic may have understood that to mean the Cometic as opposed to the stock fiber gasket.

And no, if the job was done right it will not burn oil. I have never heard a report of a 685 burning oil, even after lots of miles.

But the Cometic gasket is well known not to seal well around the base. Leakage from there will not hurt anything and the leak rate is probably something like a quart in a million miles ;^)...

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After 4000 miles, my cometics gaskets are still leak free.
I guess I got lucky

It is my understanding that the head gasket by Cometic is pretty decent, it's the base gasket that will get you

I hear the stock Kawasaki base gasket is nearly impervious to leaks
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-29-2011, 07:58 AM
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There is a product called Loctite 510 that will treat any base gasket and make even a crappy Cometic gasket leak free. Little pricey for a small tube, but if you want a leak free gasket that is the stuff to use.
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Thanks for the tip. Im going in to talk about using better gaskets Tuesday. Might wait and do it with a friend. Gonna put in the better gasket.

I looked closer and I can see that it is a cheap gasket. This is gonna bug me, but wont keep me off the trail.
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