1500 oil leak


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Big Blue UK
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1500 oil leak

Postby Big Blue UK » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:28 pm



Put the bike away the other night after about a 20 mile ride, next morning 2 drops of engine oil dripped from the sump, looks like it has run down near the gear selector shaft, anyone known this happen before, or where it may originate from.


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Re: 1500 oil leak

Postby landisr » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:20 pm

If it's actually coming from the shifter shaft, then yes, that seal is on it's way out. It's a common problem, cheap and easy to fix. The seal is only a few dollars, and you can replace it in no time at all. I believe there is a how-to article or video elsewhere on this site. Hopefully one of the other members can provide a link.

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Re: 1500 oil leak

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:13 am

The "how to" can be summarized in one paragraph:

It's fairly easy to replace. Pull the shifter off the shift arm, gently dig out the old one (you can use a screwdriver, just be careful not to nick the shaft) and pull it off. Put some masking tape over the splines on the end of the shaft to avoid damaging the new seal, lubricate the shaft and the inside of the seal with engine oil, then slip it into place. Remove the masking tape, replace and tighten the shifter, and you're done.

Have a look at this topic for replacement seals:

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=14840

You can also type "shifter seal" into the Search box at the top right corner, and you'll see lots of threads on this topic.

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Re: 1500 oil leak

Postby Big Blue UK » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:17 pm

Thanks WingAdmin and Landisr, I will try a new seal for now. I have been reading the great threads. I am retiring end of March, so it looks like a bit of modifying is about to take place in April to put the problem to bed.

I run the engine for 10 - 15 mins earlier, few hours later = nothing, went for a 10 -15 min ride, tiny drops of oil, so it does seem to be shifter shaft operation

Will be happy if it is the shifter shaft seal.


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