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every time I ride my triple hard it leaks oil/images/icons/mad.gif
can someone help me?
i live 500 miles from the nearest dealer, so I'm pretty screwed. I love my triple but I gotta tell ya if I don't figure this bull $h!t out soon I'm gonna have to grab my parachute and bail out of the Triumph Fight with non stop service from Vegas to Insanity/images/icons/crazy.gif

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This sounds waaaaaay too familiar.

First off, where is it leaking from?
How much oil are you losing?
And how many times have you visited Mr. Rev Limiter?


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The triumphs engines have three recognized problems, oil leaks (I changed three times the oil seal of the left crankcase), the cluch cable (a lot of people broke it at more of less 6.000 km, at the moment mine is ok) and a noise in the fuel pump.
 

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So much for positive press. As far as oil leaks go a couple of things come to mind. First if the oil level is two high (anything above midway in the sight glass) it can cause oil to blow by a valve into the airbox. I believe that others on this site have dealt with this one and since the forum archives are DOA perhaps someone can shed light on the whole airbox deal if that is what you see occuring. The other that occurs is a small drip from the shift lever. This one I have dealt with and I replaced the seal and all has been well since.


 

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Im getting drips out of my airbox, and drips coming off my rear shock thats getting dripped on by a seal I already had fixed, I got the buzzing problem, it used to do it all the time now only when it's cold, and I snapped my clutch cable 4 times yes 4 times before they found out there was a recall.
All that was barely tolerable when I lived next to two dealers, now I'm 8 hours drive away and there's no way I'm making that trip everytime to get it fixed.
I've only bounced off the rev limiter twice in the last six months totally by accident. a 10.5 thousand dollar bike should be able to handle that/images/icons/mad.gif

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oh ya my oil level is perfect.

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The three times that I had problems with oil leaks was when I was for a long time keeping a velocity above 200 Km/h. but is not a excuse to leaks oil, and hhave to change a seal.
 

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Well, I went thru 3 of the seals in the left engine side cover. It was still pushing oil after the third, and the problem wasn't completly resolved until the engine grenaded and split the #2 piston. After which, I got a brand new top end and now, (knocking feverishly on wood) not only is the engine smoother and stronger, but there is no oil consumption at all. At the same time, I've only put 600 mi on her since the rebuild and have kept revs below 6K for the first 500 of those miles.
I don't know what to tell you. I think the Speed Trip begs to be ridden hard and becomes victim to its cast internals. (The Daytona has forged rods and pistons, which are much stronger.)
And Triumph has recognized the problem with crankcase ventilation b/c the new engines have a completely different means of doing so.

I would recommend that you replace the seal (yes, again) and route the hose that leads from the engine to the airbox into a small overflow container. This will prevent oil from getting into the airbox and then into the engine (I rekon she's runnin a bit rich ther fella....) and also prevent it from draining right in front of your rear tire. At the peak of my problems, I had my bike get way sideways a couple of times on damp roads b/c of this.

You sound now like a carbon copy of myself just last fall. If the boards hadn't have crashed then we could compare notes, but se la ve.

If your oil level is perfect, then just pull the airbox and do a thorough cleaning.
But what are you talking about oil off of your shock? Is that from the airbox dranage?


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oh trust me i'm used to it these probs started last april,
but now i'm moved thats why i'm freakin out./images/icons/mad.gif

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Some one did mention a better seal, I need to look into finding a better seal. It helps to check the true ness of the shaft the rubber seal seals against. Mine was out by +-10 thou, I shimed it back square with epoxy putty.



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Do you use a lot of chain oil? If so, it can collect behind the countershaft sprocket, trickle down, and look for the world like a leak. If that is it, you are just overoiling.
Oil in the air box can mean you have been riding hard for an extended period of time. Lots of bikes do this, not just Triumphs. Or it can mean that you inadvertently overfilled. Not that hard to do. Have you lowered the front of the bike any? If so, it will throw your oil level off in that it will take more to register.
Has your bike overheated? Coolant low? If so, this could result in oil in airbox and other problems.
What weight oil are you running? Did you go heavier for any reason, to heavy a weight will end up in the air box.
I thought I was the farthest person from a dealer at 310 one way. Sounds like you have me beat.
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I've had the leak at the shift lever too. The dealer replaced the seal under warranty and it's been dry ever since.
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TRUST ME IT'S AN OIL LEAK, THE THIRD ONE SO FAR.
I JUST GOT THE 4000 MILE SERVICING DONE AND THE LEVEL LOOKS GOOD.
I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE WEIGHT IS, BUT I'VE LOCATED ANOTHER LEAK LAST NIGHT AT THE OIL DRAIN PLUG. I THINK IT'S OFFICIAL EVERY OIL SEAL IN THE BIKE IS LEAKING, OR HAS LEAKED ON ME.

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Not happy with the Triumph, no Triumph dealer, profile states that you want a 954RR, time to find a Honda dealer.

 

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Speedtriple01: I've got a little over 5000 miles on my '01 S3 and am having very similar problems. My bike has been leaking oil in some shape or form since before my first service. To add insult to injury,at about 3500 miles the crankcase breather valve went and the bike blew a S!%*load of oil through the airbox, made a mess of the bike, and left me a nice puddle in my garage. My mechanic has more or less acknowledged that oil leaks are a common problem with S3's. I though my oil leaking days were over when I got rid of my Harley, oh well. Honestly, if the thing wasn't such a gas to ride I might have sold it already. Unfortunately, I have very little tolerance for nonsense like brand new bikes that leak oil. It's giving me doubts about how this thing will hold up over time; bummer. I'll keep it at least until my 2 year warranty is up, then I'll weigh my options.
 

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if you have a mechanic that cannot fix the leaks and tell you what is going on, to your satisfaction, your mechanic `sucks' (very common actually) call and write Triumph America and complain. They seem to be certifying any idiot that can turn a wrench these days. I know I went thru 2 shops and hundreds of dollars wasted until I found a great mechanic that does excellent work for a fair price. Bikes shouldn't leak. I've bounced my Daytona off the top several times in the past couple months and many times in the past year, so what.....

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I've called Triumph america several times,
they were absolutly no help, they pretty much told me that's why you have a warranty, deal with it.
to Ianshahan: I was planning on keeping the triple when I got the 954.
I love the ride, <font color=red>HATE</font color=red> the situation.

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