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Old 12-19-2013, 10:09 AM   #16
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So after checking the oil filter I decided it must be the pressure release valve that was causing the issues of the intermittent cam chain noise. As KTM have upgraded this part I put 2 and 2 together and came up with 10. Ordered all the bits.... 34 quid for a roller bearing.........



The minimum length of spring should be 42mm, taking it apart the spring seemed fine and the piston mint.....

Taking Peanuts advice I upgraded the gear shift position-er thing. It has a tiny bearing, this has been upgraded by KTM also to a solid wheel. I'm glad I changed it, but the old one is perfect...no play in the bearing at all.



Replaced the clutch outer housing roller bearing whilst I was there, the new bearing does have noticeably less play than the old one.



So button the bike up, add oil lost, refill coolant.....fire her up.......FOOKING WORSE THAN BEFORE...RATTLING LIKE FOOK AND OIL PRESSURE LIGHT FLICKERING.......NEVER HAD THE PRESSURE LIGHT FLICKER BEFORE. So about a 100 quid or more in bits and its.....getting right on my tits.

I decide to clear up all the my tools, clean the oil spilt on the floor, throw all the rubbish away. So I'm loosing oil pressure, this is not good.

All the oil in the engine goes through the filter first on it journey, lay the bike on its side and have another butchers at the oil filter, the filter has done less than 2k miles. No coolant loss or signs of goo on the clutch housing



Replace the filter with a new one, fire her up and of course the rattle is still there............................................. ..pressure builds and she purrs like a cat one more...

So let be a lesson, filter might look fine but if your getting cam chain noise change the frigging filter first.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:14 AM   #17
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I've compared both KTM and K&N filters today. The K&N filter is more finer and the paper is thicker. I used a powerful light inside the filter to illustrate with a photo....but I don't know how to turn off the flash on my camera so you cannot see the difference.....

I've used K&N filters for years with no issues, could be a bad batch I suppose...

I wont be using any more K&N KN-158 filters in my LC8, I would urge others to do the same and stick with KTM's OME filters.
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