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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Need help identifying mystery cover near cylinders

Hello,

So I'm noticing a leak in one of the covers near my cylinders and I was wondering if someone can tell me what the cover is covering.

Here is a large view of the bike and the section the cover is located in:

Here is a Blowup of the Yellow Square from the image above:



As you can see the cover is bleeding oil and I believe its causing my bike to leak. It seems to be causing a good amount of leak:

Is it even possible that it would be leaking that much from a small cover like that?


Here are some frontal view of that cover:



At first, it seemed like a cover for the camshaft tensioner, but when I see the parts manual for the camshaft tensioner, the tensioners are on the other side of the engine:


Further researching on that cover and trying to find out what it is, I believe I found it in the "CYLINDER" section of the parts manual:

#6, 7, 8

It is labeled as "CAP/GASKET, TENSIONER CAS" which makes it sound like there is a tensioner behind that case. I believe the work that needs to be done is simply replacing the gasket behind that cap but I wanted to know if I would be able to simply pull that off replace the gasket and put it back on. I am aware that certain timing alignments are needed whenever messing around with the camshaft tensioners and I was wondering if I needed to go through that process if I were to replace this cover.

Does anybody know whats behind that cover and why it is there?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 03:50 PM
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looks like the leak is above the cover i would suspect valve cover. valve cover is shown in your first pic, it's silver, oval with two screws.
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That is what I originally thought too but when I wiped everything down and ran the bike, everything above the cylinder had no oil on it..

Also, is it the first pic of the bike or the parts manual?

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looks like the leak is above the cover i would suspect valve cover. valve cover is shown in your first pic, it's silver, oval with two screws.
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its no. 7 in your last picture. its a blank cover, cam chain tensioner.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Nice! thank you so much for the info! Do you know why a blank cover was placed there by any chance?


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its no. 7 in your last picture. its a blank cover, cam chain tensioner.
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the cylinders are the same, reversed
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 05:32 PM
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Like Nick says, the cylinders are the same..you can use it on the front or rear just by moving the tensioner.

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Thats what i heard from hanging around on forums, Likely from Slick Mick...
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