Originally Posted by Dracus124
The engine was rebuilt previously, about ~4,500 miles ago. It runs like new, and has excellent compression, real easy to start, mos of the time.
It just leaks so much oil and its hard to keep the engine clean. I do a lot of trail riding so that just covers the motor in sand and it just cakes on after a few rides
Hard to keep the bike clean commuting on it and working full time. I usually just wash the engine
I know how that is, my XL started leaking from the cylinder base gasket years ago and I was using it as a commuter too. It was hard to catch it with the wheels stopped long enough to fix it. I eventually did though, planned ahead and bought parts. One saturday i I just did it. I had put a Wiseco 102.4 overbore in about 8,000 mile before that and was not sure if I would need rings so I hadn't bought them, but as I suspected the end gap was still fine so no problem there. Soon it was back together and running without oil blowing back on my pant legs in little droplets.