Valve cover gasket?

Discussion in 'Rocket III Roadster' started by Smitty81, Sep 4, 2018.

Tags:
  1. Smitty81

    Smitty81 .040 Over

    Country:
    United States
    Messages:
    85
    Featured Threads:
    2
    Media:
    2
    Likes Received:
    109
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Milton, WA
    Ride:
    2016 Rocket III Roadster
    Hello Gents,

    I noticed that a bit of gasket has bulged out near the top of the engine on my R3R, just slightly forward of the front-most cylinder on the right-hand side. A few of questions about this. Is it the valve cover gasket I'm looking at? Is this kind of thing typically covered for repair under the factory warranty? And most importantly, is it at all safe to keep riding like this? It's 40 miles or so to the shop. At present it doesn't appear to be leaking oil.

    I'd appreciate any input. Thanks!


     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2018
  2. blip

    blip Supercharged

    Country:
    Canada
    Messages:
    209
    Featured Threads:
    3
    Likes Received:
    79
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Ride:
    2014 R3 Roadster
    Yes that is the valve cover gasket.
    It is reasonably common for them to blow in exactly that spot (happened to me last year)
    I can't tell you if it is safe to ride but I rode mine for about 50 k before I noticed that it had blown.
    If it were me I would just put the bike in the back of the truck but there are others smarter than I who will have a better opinion I am sure.

    If you are doing the work yourself it is not very hard, but tricky and can definitely use a second pair of hands.
     
  3. Claviger

    Claviger Meh

    Messages:
    5,468
    Featured Threads:
    128
    Media:
    69
    Likes Received:
    7,250
    Trophy Points:
    823
    Location:
    Olympia Washington
    Ride:
    '14 R3R, '02 Daytona 955i
    If you're not getting leaking yet, just ride it, keep RPM below 3k, should be fine. High RPM will exacerbate the potential leak, its a wide sealing surface, so you're only seeing 1/2 the seal sticking out, the other 1/2 is still in place.
     
  4. Ishrub

    Ishrub Retired and loving it!

    Messages:
    5,590
    Featured Threads:
    73
    Likes Received:
    5,970
    Trophy Points:
    823
    Location:
    Duffy, Canberra, ACT, AUSTRALIA
    Ride:
    R3 Roadster,Sprint ST 1050 ABS, BMW R100RS sidecar
    It will only weep at first and even if it drips out on the way it will not prevent anyone riding probably a 1000 miles before getting it fixed. Best to get to ASAP under warranty though and give them a few hints how to fit it as it is the 'sloppy' fitting that causes this fault to occur.

    Search the forum and you will find many threads and even 'how to guides' to do it properly yourself. There will be five possibly similar threads linked below at bottom of this and every thread page when using the forum.
     
  5. Smitty81

    Smitty81 .040 Over

    Country:
    United States
    Messages:
    85
    Featured Threads:
    2
    Media:
    2
    Likes Received:
    109
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Milton, WA
    Ride:
    2016 Rocket III Roadster
    Cool, thank you. I'll make a service appointment when I get back to the states. I appreciate the input.
     
    BigNorm likes this.
  6. Claviger

    Claviger Meh

    Messages:
    5,468
    Featured Threads:
    128
    Media:
    69
    Likes Received:
    7,250
    Trophy Points:
    823
    Location:
    Olympia Washington
    Ride:
    '14 R3R, '02 Daytona 955i
    As easy as it is to be upset with the installer, order a head gasket yourself, and see how Triumph delivers it.

    Looks like a waded up used piece of gum coming out of the envelop, probably explains why this happens so often.
     
  7. Jag

    Jag Living Legend

    Country:
    United States
    Messages:
    3,046
    Featured Threads:
    28
    Likes Received:
    4,044
    Trophy Points:
    823
    Location:
    Cape May Co. NJ
    Ride:
    2013 R3T
    Make sure your ride above 3k so it will be leaking when you get to the dealer!
     
  8. Lemieuxfan

    Lemieuxfan Supercharged

    Country:
    United States
    Messages:
    242
    Featured Threads:
    6
    Likes Received:
    147
    Trophy Points:
    53
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    Ride:
    2014 Rocket III Roadster
    yep can definitely empathize i've gone through 2 gaskets; finally my 3rd is not crimping i believe oil may have a factor previous i ran 300v racing oil which shifted like butter but is only good for 3k miles and it quickly crimped. I'm running motul 7100 oil no issues with gasket and shifts almost as good
     
  9. warp9.9

    warp9.9 Pocałuj mnie w dupę

    Messages:
    8,656
    Featured Threads:
    9
    Media:
    14
    Likes Received:
    10,533
    Trophy Points:
    823
    Location:
    Forest City Illinois
    Ride:
    07 Rocket
    I see the difference between the two oils, wonder what would happen running both 50/50. I've been wanting to try motul but the 300V not readily available in 15w50 off the shelf so I've been sticking with Red Line oil. Not because its american made but because it was Motul 300V and Red Line that Mega cycle cams spoke highly about.
     
    Lemieuxfan likes this.
  10. Bedifferent

    Bedifferent Old man on a bike

    Country:
    United States
    Messages:
    1,649
    Featured Threads:
    35
    Likes Received:
    1,633
    Trophy Points:
    323
    Location:
    Coldwater, MI
    Ride:
    2015 Rocket 3 Touring
    I decided what I thought might be porosity in a casting is a little weeping from the same area. No bulging at all that I can see. For the time being I am just running it because it is nothing more the a minor surface wetting. I generally don't even need to wipe it as I suspect heat burns it off. I just got a new gasket to have on hand.

    I agree, a wadded up mess. If we get get another hot sunny day I am going to lay it out as people suggest and then store it flat between a couple of pieces of cardboard. I not looking forward to changing it out. I haven't seen a fool proof method to stop it from happening other than a thorough cleaning and degreasing of the area. Perhaps some light fine 400 or 600 grit sand of the area on both the cover and head surface to improve the bite. Anyone tried a little thin coating of contact cement in the area?
     
Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice