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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Back cylinder leaking/smoking

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Looks like I've gotten my first big problem with the bike. Once the bike gets warmed up, I get some huge smoking (white) coming off the rear cylinder at take off out of the tail pipes. Doesn't happen while I'm scooting along, just at take off and idle. Wondering if anyone has any ideas/comments/concerns on this situation? Wanna get some ideas rolling around so I have a place to start when I tear it apart this winter (if it comes to that).

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Just hit 20,000 miles on the odom.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 01:55 AM
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White smoke is water. If your lucky, is only head gasket. Would definetly tear it down ASAP!, no riding. If head is warped, your looking at many$$$. Just priced them for my 800 at $790 each.


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White smoke can also mean excess fuel. That bike has dual carbs and I am thinking that the carb that feeds the rear cylinder has problems and leaking internally.
Both carbs should be torn down for a clean and inspection with replacement of any questionable parts. Pay particular attention paid to the needle and seat, and the float.
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It wasn't till you guys said white smoke that I noticed I had put (White) and not (blue). It is for sure an oil leak somewhere. You can smell the oil and not antifreeze or anything like that.
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It wasn't till you guys said white smoke that I noticed I had put (White) and not (blue). It is for sure an oil leak somewhere. You can smell the oil and not antifreeze or anything like that.
Time to pull the heads off first and slowly methodically work your way from gaskets, 0-Rings, valves, etc. and work your way down to the pistons, rings and jugs etc. Can't see what the problems are unless you crack her open.

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Excess fuel can cause blue smoke too.
What do the plugs look like?

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Do you use a Supertech oil filter?

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Do you use a Supertech oil filter?
Haha! Might as well ask if he has a bell on his bike while you're at it.

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Haha! Might as well ask if he has a bell on his bike while you're at it.
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I do indeed have a bell! May need to change the gremlin juice out soon, however. sfair-- I'll pull the plugs out tomorrow and post back.
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