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Offline Torque Curve

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DRZ400: Clean your oil screen
« on: September 27, 2012, 10:30:52 pm »
I got round to flushing the frame of any debris left over from the cam seizure. The oil screen screws into the frame next to the frame oil drain plug. Much was my surprise at all the metal particles caught here! I flushed the frame with several litres of parafine until I was satisfied that no particles were being wash out anymore.

I'll now check it at a regular basis to get warning of serious component wear. When seriously looking to buy a used bike again it is certainly worth having a look here for signs of serious wear inside the motor.

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Re: DRZ400: Clean your oil screen
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 11:05:50 pm »
I'll now check it at a regular basis to get warning of serious component wear. When seriously looking to buy a used bike again it is certainly worth having a look here for signs of serious wear inside the motor.

Very good idea Torque Curve
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Re: DRZ400: Clean your oil screen
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2012, 08:05:21 am »
If you're looking to buy and you find anything in there it's not just a sign for wear but also a sign for sloppy or no servicing.

Obviously easier and quicker to just take the friggin' drain screw & sump plug out when changing oil & filter and sell the service a few Rand cheaper ::)

Always interesting what you can find in those screens especially after backyard repairs or spontaneous disassembly of some bits inside the engine.

In the old days Hylomar a.k.a. "Blue Death" caused lots of thrashed engines over the years. Applied in a "plenty helps plenty" manner the stuff gets washed off and ends up in the oil intake screen. 1104 is slightly less dangerous since it hardens into an elastic mass and is not washed off as easily as Hylomar.

Best to use silicone sparingly and only where it's supposed to be used (not as substitute for a new gasket ::) ) It does not form a gooey sticky mass if mixed with metal filings and bits broken off timing chin rails.
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Re: DRZ400: Clean your oil screen
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 09:06:25 am »
Thanks for adding your insights, Le Cap. I agree that sealers should be used sparingly and mostly only where the manual requires it.

Less is more certainly applies here too.
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Re: DRZ400: Clean your oil screen
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2012, 09:33:04 am »
Thanks for the tip Torque Curve :thumleft:
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Re: DRZ400: Clean your oil screen
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2012, 04:06:24 pm »
Very interesting. I'm going to follow this thread carefully.