SV superbike leaking/using coolant

zoran zv30 at sbcglobal.net
Sun Sep 21 09:53:13 PDT 2008


heat,things move when hot.if you have copper base gasket that would do it.
yes,you need to replace it.


Zoran Vujasinovic
Twin Works Factory
775-786-4881
www.twfracing.com 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Morgan Jones" <morgan at morganjones.org>
To: "Suzuki SV650 Mailing List" <sv650 at micapeak.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 9:48 AM
Subject: Re: SV superbike leaking/using coolant


> 
> Hrmph..  That was my read.. but what would cause that?  Is the solution 
> just to replace the base gasket?
> 
> -morgan
> 
> 
> zoran wrote:
>> it is leaking through base gasket.
>>
>>
>> Zoran Vujasinovic
>> Twin Works Factory
>> 775-786-4881
>> www.twfracing.com
>> ----- 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 found:
>>>
>>> http://www.philadelphiariders.com/gallery/Pocono_080920/MG_2975
>>> http://www.philadelphiariders.com/gallery/Pocono_080920/MG_2981
>>> http://www.philadelphiariders.com/gallery/Pocono_080920/MG_2982
>>>
>>> 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 coolant.
>>>
>>> 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?
>>>
>>> thanks.
>>>
>>> -morgan 
>>
>


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