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Gear oil silver wear would water be coming in? Rm250 1996 oil had extra 250 mls drain out. Am stripping bike down now where would the problem be in the top of head? Not sure what to look out for

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To have silver oil coming out might indicate a problem worth looking for.Silver is usually aluminium.Maybe a spun bearing or bush?If the oil was milky silver, water seal and possibly a g/box prob.Hope this is a good starting guide for you

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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  • thomasnee Oct 06, 2009

    there is not many bolts to take the motor out.To work on it on a bench at a good height etc.is worth the time to take it out.You get to work on all sides,can spin it around when you need to,and can see in every little nook and cranny.You will see things that you wont,if the motor is in the frame.Do it once and do it right and easily

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