Harold Bawlzangya Racing

Super Spooge

I’ve been trying to identify the source of the “super spooge” that I’ve been dealing with.  The last time I rode with the Lectron, I tried a different metering rod and had a lot of smoke coming out of the silencer and spooge dripping all over the place.  I wrote that off on the different metering rod causing those problems.

There was a lot of oil that dripped out of the end of the silencer, this is even more:

dripping oil

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As I stated working on the Rekluse project,  I noticed that my transmission oil level was sitting at the half-way mark in the sight glass.  The only problem with that is I always put a full quart of ATF in the transmission.  Since I’m fairly confident the bottom end is original, I started thinking that the clutch side crank seal is leaking.  That would certainly explain the loss of oil and the spooge.

I did forget that this oil seal started leaking two rides ago.  I put together a crude pressure tester and did a quick check and it doesn’t appear that the crank seal is leaking.  So at this point I’m saying that I’m loosing ATF from the leaking clutch seal and not the crank seal.

The Lectron is gone and I’m back to a Keihin (RB modified now).  I thought I’d start with the jetting that I last used as a baseline.  With those jets in, the bike is smoking more than normal with lots of  spooge.  I’ve gone as lean as I can on the pilot (35) and I’m still getting a lot of smoke at idle.

The reeds were the last thing on my list to check because I bought them new not that long ago and I just haven’t ridden much to put that many hours on them.  But those are certainly an easy thing to check and rule out.

Turns out one set of reeds was perfectly flat, the other looks like this:

Warped Reed

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warped reed (7)

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I don’t know if that is enough to be causing my problems, but I’ve ordered a new set of 607’s and I will soon find out.  Before ordering new reeds, I did switch both sets of reeds on the block to rule out that the block itself is distorted.  Good news there is that the “good” set of reeds lays perfectly flat on both sides of the block.

Just waiting on UPS now.

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New reeds showed up:

Boyesen 607

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Another order came in today from Jets R Us.  I needed to fix up a spare carb, so to make the most of the $7 shipping, I ordered an extra jet block gasket in case the one on the carb is leaking and causing the rich condition.

JetsRUs order

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Cleaned everything up and ready to install the new reeds:

reeds installed (1)

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Going to let the thread lock site overnight and then ready to install:

reeds installed (2)

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Got everything bolted back up and started the engine up.   Definitely less smoke, but still more than what I ever used to have.  I’m sure there is a lot of extra oil in the crankcase, pipe and definitely silencer.  I will repack the silencer, but will have to wait for the next riding opportunity to clear the engine out.

I’m going to hold off on replacing the jet block gasket in the RB carb.  I’m also going to put together a real pressure tester to confirm the condition of the crank seals.

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The clutch crank seal definitely isn’t the source of all this spooge – pressure tested.

 

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