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Aftermarket pipies should i stick with them or go back factory( my carbs are messing up...i think- see the gas in oil question)

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    chris Feb 25, 2009

    hi and thanx for the response!! i should see water in my oil???? on a katana?? just messin with ya- im a shdes tree mech, soo i guess i gotta bust out a credit card and go take the bike to suzuki



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You should not see gas in the oil, it should be water. if that is the case you need to take to shop.

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