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I think this has something to do with a small crash I had about 3 weeks ago but there is now oil leaking out the bottom of this small cover on the right side (side the bike slid on). Its not much and hasnt leaked since my crash but I went on a long ride today and noticed some oil leaking down the right side fairing when I got back. Is thier just a gasket that needs to be replaced? or do I need to replace this whole cover? here are some pics to help understand what im talking about.

This is the cover I am talking about on the right side



And this is where its leaking from (underneath) You can see a drop of oil forming there

 

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there is a gasket under that cover. you might be able to get away with just loosening the bolts and shifting the cover around for a tight fit that will stop the leak. However, the gasket should only be $5 or $10 so I would just buy a new one pop the cover off and swap it out. If cleaning it all up and putting a new gasket on there doesn't fix the leak then you might have to resort to getting a new cover.
 

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I had that happen and I had to get it replaced because I had cracked it on the inside. But I did't replace it until the season was over I just kept an eye on how much oil I had to make sure I didnt run low. And the leak was like a drip at a time, but that adds up.
 

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So do I have to drain all the oil first before taking these covers off? and I have to take both off right? because it looks like theres a few screws that are holding them both on. Also is there anything on the other side that I should be aware of that will fall out or spring out or super hard to put back together etc.?
 

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Invest some time in downloading a service manual. Good thing its just covers. bad thing is like above it might be more than just unsettling the covers seal on the gasket. You could also try just loosening the bolts then retightening them. You will notice in the manual their are torque specs for bolts. A torque wrench is required for even torques. You can get away with not using a torque wrench at times but what the even torques do is assure the pressures are even and not leaving you prone to odd pressures on a gasket tat would leave it more prone to leaking. The oil pan is where the majority of oil goes when the engine is not running. There is probably some pockets of oil hanging around in that area after shutting down but I wouldn't figure a big amount. That is your crank shaft behind the cover. The cover in the center is the valve timing inspection cap. You take that off to put a socket on the crankshaft and turn to align some marks for setting up the cams. All the covers I saw listed had 7 lbs torque listed.
 

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Ok Im pretty sure its just the gasket because you can see pieces of the gasket hanging out the bottom where the oil is leaking from, I will order a new gasket ASAP and swap that out and that should fix my problem. so should I drain all the oil first so its not so messy? or will it not be too bad if I just open these covers up without draining it? and is there anything on the other side that I should be careful with that will fall out of place or something when I take these covers off? Sry if these sound like dumb questions I just havnt had to do a whole lot of work on my bike so Im not too familiar with everything.
 

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Ok so I have the new gaskets and fixed the crack on the inside, can anyone give me the torque specs on the bolts that hold these covers on? or some recommended torque specs? also should I put some blue threadlocker on these bolts?
 

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If you have an original any good nut and bolt supply can match them faster and cheaper that ordering from the dealership. Google industrial supply or fasteners.:thumbup:
 
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