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post #1 of 13 Old 09-30-2010, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Oil in the airbox?

Took out the air filter to clean it and there was a quarter sized pool of oil (clean) sitting at the bottom of the box. I think I just overfilled it (just changed it), but am soliciting opinions...




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Took out the air filter to clean it and there was a quarter sized pool of oil (clean) sitting at the bottom of the box. I think I just overfilled it (just changed it), but am soliciting opinions...

The crankcase vents into the carb side of the airbox not the filter side.

Could be oil from the filter seeping out, too much will drip off the bottom. What do you use to oil the filter?

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I use Uni Spray. It wasn't sticky oil like that though, definitely looked like clean Rotella.

The oil level is a little high right now, but not super high.




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That's excactly what happened when I overfilled last January.

So much earl was splashing around in there some got blasted up thru the pcv mod into the box.

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That's excactly what happened when I overfilled last January.

So much earl was splashing around in there some got blasted up thru the pcv mod into the box.
I don't have the PCV mod...still make sense? And here's the next complication. If it is just overfill (which I really think it is), then how the hell do I get the extra oil out? Normally I would just loosen the drain plug and drip it, but I got teflon tape, a new crush washer and almost brand new oil. No way will my Mother in law let me drain all the oil. Drip it from the filter cover? Is that even possible? Let it burn off (god bless the Gen2)? Is that gonna screw me up pressure wise?

Been working on my Honda today, too. It's old, but shit, the rubber is better than on my KLR and it's 38 years old.




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get the pump off a bottle of window cleaner spray or a soap pump or something like that and stick a piece of plastic tube to the end of it open your oil filler cap and suck some out that way (make sure that nothing can get stuck in the engine so make sure that the pipe still sticks out the filler hole and the join is outside) iv never used this on KLR but it has worked nicely on ma varadero and isn't as slow as you'd expect.
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Next time put the filter in a rag after oiling it and step on it. That really gets the excess out. Then if the oil puddle reappears it is coming up the crankcase breather tube that vents into the airbox. The PVC mod can help prevent this but it can still occur if the crankcase is overfilled or you ride looooooong wheelies. A quarter size puddle is no big deal. To get any excess oil out of the motor you could take the filler cap off and tip the bike over on the right side and let some drain out. A bit messy though.
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get the pump off a bottle of window cleaner spray or a soap pump or something like that and stick a piece of plastic tube to the end of it open your oil filler cap and suck some out that way (make sure that nothing can get stuck in the engine so make sure that the pipe still sticks out the filler hole and the join is outside) iv never used this on KLR but it has worked nicely on ma varadero and isn't as slow as you'd expect.
That, amigo, is genius. I was already planning on making a syphon out of taped together straws. This way better. Thanks dude.




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Let it burn off (god bless the Gen2)?

AH-HA!

I think you may have stumbled upon the real reason the new models burn oil, it's a feature!

Kinda like the old english bikes and Harleys that had a constant loss oil system. You didn't have to worry about dirty oil in the bike because it was on the garage floor!

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Been working on my Honda today, too. It's old, but shit, the rubber is better than on my KLR and it's 38 years old.
What kind of Honda are you talking about? Dual-sport as well? What year/model?

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