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For those that work on their own bikes or take them to a stealer.

IMPORTANT:
Do not try to block the seal from coming out or you could cause serious damage as it acts like a relief valve.
Here is a copy of a post that I have been posting for at least seven years.
This is about the hose behind the bottom of the airbox.



I do this every time I get my X back from the stealer

If the air-box is ever removed by you or the stealer, there is a possibility the breather hose for the crankcase could get pinched. (This hose is the pressure relief for the crankcase, so pressure dose not build up.)You could have a pinched hose.

If it is pinched, pressure will build up in the crankcase and blow the seal out around the shifter lever.
If this seal is ever blown out, you can put it back in by tapping it back in.
A simple way to check is:
Take the air cleaner cover off.
Take the dipstick out and lay a 3x3 single layer of tissue paper over the opening.
Take a common drinking straw and hold it over the smaller hole in the air-box, (the one that sticks out), and give it a puff of air. If it blows the tissue off, you’re OK. If not, the hose is pinched behind the air-box.



If the hose is kinked or blocked how long does it take before you start leaking oil as you're riding. As the engine warms up the oil expands and build up pressure in the crankcase and if the hose is pinched it build up enough pressure to blow the seal out around the shift lever. You just have to put it back in. I have heard of some that have driven many miles without any damage except for a mess to clean up and a dangerous oil covered rear tire.

Donut, Doug,Coloma, Mi.
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Third.

Altho, any thread Donut starts that says "Important" will get my attention pronto :)


Thanks, Donut!!

-Gonz

Woot! Rep added!

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Thanks for making it a sticky so quickly. My only concern is the title, perhaps something like:

Airbox Breather Tube (aka OIL LEAK!!!)
 

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Thanks poolmaster for making it a Sticky.
If it saves one person from going threw that mess then I am happy. There has been so many that have had this problem over the years. One was quoted $300 to just put the seal back in on today's board and I am wondering if the dealer would have told him the real truth and they probably would not even know to fixed the pinched hose.

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I just installed a hypercharger and ran into this problem. The directions for the hypercharger said to cab off that breather hose with a supplied cap and clamp. I guess this was the wrong thing to do. My question now is, can I run the bike with that hose not capped as it does nothing for the hyperchager any way. And do you just tap the seal back in with a hammer? Will it leak at all or should I get it repaired at the dealer. Thanks in advance.
 

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I just installed a hypercharger and ran into this problem. The directions for the hypercharger said to cab off that breather hose with a supplied cap and clamp. I guess this was the wrong thing to do. My question now is, can I run the bike with that hose not capped as it does nothing for the hyperchager any way. And do you just tap the seal back in with a hammer? Will it leak at all or should I get it repaired at the dealer. Thanks in advance.
On my Hypercharger there is a black plastic fitting that the breather hose is connected to. The fitting is in the downward sloping metal bit that connects from the carb throat to the hypercharger base. And my instructions refer to plugging off the tube for the PAIR valve system, which I had removed anyway. There is also a carb vent hose that connects to another black plastic fitting in the base of the hypercharger.
 

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I just installed a hypercharger and ran into this problem. The directions for the hypercharger said to cab off that breather hose with a supplied cap and clamp. I guess this was the wrong thing to do. My question now is, can I run the bike with that hose not capped as it does nothing for the hyperchager any way. And do you just tap the seal back in with a hammer? Will it leak at all or should I get it repaired at the dealer. Thanks in advance.
There are few situations to ever go to the dealer. Whatever you do don't cap it off block it or kink it. You can mount it under the hyper charger with a little filter of its own or do what I did and take a few feet of fuel line and and run it along the top of the frame then under the seat and mount a little filter on it somewhere down there.
 

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I think I have found the problem.The hose that I capped off is a larger hose than the others. I think that was correct. The hose that you are talking about that goes to the throat of the carb does have a kink in it. I think that is where the problem lies. So now its just to get the seal back into place. Is it just a matter of tapping it back in witha hammer?

By the way Blackdot. I used to live in Halifax. Spent 24 years there in the Navy before I retired 2 years ago and moved back home to Newfoundland.
 

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The larger hose is to the paired valve system which is fine. Although you should just remove the system so you don't collect water in it. Yes definitely make sure the hose has no kinks it it at all. Without it breathing properly it builds up pressure causing the seal to blow.

And yes just tap it back in. Make sure it even and everything but there usually is no need to replace or go to the dealer.
 

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The hose that you don't want to plug or kink is the one that goes up and over the front cylinder that goes to the bottom of the airbox.

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OK. The kink is out of the hose. The seal is back in around the shaft. Filter changed. New oil in the bike. No leaks. I have not taken it for a run yet. One question. When I drove it after installing the hypercharger, when stopped at a light, smoke was coming out of the pipes. I took this as a sign the bike may have been running a bit rich. I did re-jet and add a shim when installing the kypercharger but I did not touch the mixture screw as the directions did not say to do so. Could the smoke have been from the crankcase over pressureizing? Thanks in advance for the replies so far.
 

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It would be a good idea to add Glen's a/f permanent adjuster - that way you will be able to adjust and fine tune the a/f just be twisting the knob hanging down in seconds.

Glen's VTX Garage
http://www.glensvtxgarage.com/

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