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post #1 of 23 Old 10-14-2013, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Red stuff, not blood.

Was just looking at my chain and on the forward lip of the inner "fender" (right at the inside-est point next to the rear shock), there was a drip of red liquid. Looked and the underside of the fender is wet for about 3" right by the rear shock on the tire side. (sorry, couldn't get a decent pic).

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It's not dripping. I wouldn't have noticed if it weren't for the chain inspection. I'm trying to think what could be red. Oil from the air filter? How would it get there?

Not a K&N filter, BTW.

Just went and looked again. Even more confused now. Definitely red, but not bright red. A little thinner than oil. Bike hasn't moved in a week or so.




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It's getting dark, but my rear brake felt weird last ride now that I think about it...but when I bled the brakes a ways back, I put clear fluid in and it doesn't look dirty. It looks red (the drip, not the brake fluid although I'll be checking that tomm when it's light).




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Not sure what that could be... You replaced the shock a while back, it's not leaking is it?

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Not sure what that could be... You replaced the shock a while back, it's not leaking is it?
Nope. Shock looks good. I'm baffled.




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Weird... Like you say though, if you get a better look in the light you might be able to track it down. If your brake was feeling a little weird it might be brake fluid, not sure why it would be red though? Unless it's picking up some color off the backing plates or something? Hope it's an easy fix though!

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Weird... Like you say though, if you get a better look in the light you might be able to track it down. If your brake was feeling a little weird it might be brake fluid, not sure why it would be red though? Unless it's picking up some color off the backing plates or something? Hope it's an easy fix though!
Thanks man. Keep the ideas coming. I'll look tomm, but I don't know what it could be? Trippy. Maybe its a halloween prank.




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There is a rubber drain at the bottom of the airbox that looks like a short pinched hose and is situated right over the area you describe. Hard to see but it is there. I have this (non) issue on my '08 also. Just extra oil from the filter.

As to the color. What air filter oil are you using? My UNI filter has part of the foam colored red, maybe the dye leaching out?

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There is a rubber drain at the bottom of the airbox that looks like a short pinched hose and is situated right over the area you describe. Hard to see but it is there. I have this (non) issue on my '08 also. Just extra oil from the filter.

As to the color. What air filter oil are you using? My UNI filter has part of the foam colored red, maybe the dye leaching out?
Thanks. That's what I was hoping as I went to sleep last night. Only thing I can think that might be red.

I'll check it out this afternoon and report back.




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OK, air filter looks fine. Too dry if anything. Here is a picture of me pointing at the droplet (glitter nails by Francine's beauty parlor), you can't really see the droplet, but it is on the downside corner of the inner fender right where I'm pointing:



This is what the stuff looks like:



So, there's that little droplet. And then 3-4" of the under (tire side) of the inner fender are "wet". Tubes go through and look OK. Rotted at the bottom, but I don't see anywhere that the red stuff could be coming from.

I'm admittedly a mechanical midget, but I can't figure out what is going on. At all. Not even a clue. The closest I can come is maybe I ran over something and it sprayed from the tire, but that doesn't make sense either.

I don't have a lift and I DO have a bad back. Sorry for the crappy camera angles.

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Could it be a little grease that you may have picked up off of the road the last time you were out, I have had grease (chassis or marine types throw me for a bit of a runaround before on different equipment, these lower temp greases will stick as a glob then melt away into a liquid when it gets hot. I have grease guns with Synthetic grease that will acutally drip liquid over time, it is just the grease melting over time.) just a guess to add to your mystery.
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