SV superbike leaking/using coolant
zv30 at sbcglobal.net
Sun Sep 21 09:44:39 PDT 2008
it is leaking through base gasket.
Twin Works Factory
----- Original Message -----
From: "Morgan Jones" <morgan at morganjones.org>
To: <sv-dl-riders at googlegroups.com>; "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List"
<sv650 at micapeak.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 8:18 AM
Subject: SV superbike leaking/using coolant
> Hello everyone,
> My '99 SV track bike has developed what I think is a coolant leak.. It was
> down probably a cup of coolant after my last track day. I filled it and
> took it to the track again yesterday. After a full day of riding it is
> down about 6 inches. It still cools fine but of course that's sort of a
> lot of coolant for a track day..
> Well in the middle of the day I pulled off the bodywork and this is what I
> It's definitely coolant--it's just a touch damp and smells like water
> wetter. There is evidence that there was fluid in the belly pan but very
> little (like 1/2 cup). The pan is totally dry.
> I cleaned it up and ran the bike until the fan kicked on and couldn't see
> evidence of leaking. I took the bike back on the track and it used more
> A little background: I bought the bike with a popped freeze plug which
> lead to a blown head gasket. That was 2 years and 12-20 track days ago.
> This is a worked bike: 680cc, carillo rods, valve work, race cams, flat
> slides. The work was all done many owners ago and as far as I can tell it
> was done well.. it has run like a Swiss watch in the 3 years and probably
> 25 track days I've owned it. It's 90hp at the wheel depending on whose
> dyno you ask. It is clearly faster than other SVs on the track.
> Any ideas? I want desperately for someone to tell me that's dripping from
> somewhere and I just need to look harder.. That's not what it looks like
> to me. Could this be a leak from the water jacket at the base gasket?
> Does that ever happen?
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