liquid leaking out of lower triple clamp.

5 replies to this topic
  • JeffWR

Posted April 11, 2005 - 08:53 AM


I haven't had my '05 WR450 for long but went riding yesterday. I filled up the bike with gas, loaded it in my truck, drove for 3/4 hour, the last part of drive was 5 miles on a rough dirt road. When the bike was unloaded and sitting for a few minutes something was dripping from the lower triple clamp pinch bolt area left side. It smelled like oil gas mixture. I put octane booster in so maybe that hides the smell a little. Kinda wierd but I am assuming that it was from the vent tube of gas tank???
Thanks, Jeff

  • Dan_Lorenze

Posted April 11, 2005 - 09:12 AM


Kinda wierd but I am assuming that it was from the vent tube of gas tank???
Thanks, Jeff

B I N G O :naughty:

  • RADRick

Posted April 11, 2005 - 11:49 AM


Gas flowing out the vent tube will wash down into the steering stem lower bearing. If it happens a lot it can flush the bearing grease out and cause premature wear. Avoid this by never filling the tank all the way to the top or reroute the hose.

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  • JeffWR

Posted April 11, 2005 - 06:42 PM


Thanks for the replies!

That was my next question on washing grease out, thanks for the tip.

  • Jackazz

Posted April 12, 2005 - 07:46 AM


I reccomend routing your tank vent like so. It keeps the bearing "washout" a non-issue & it "fits" alot nicer with my bar & top triple arrangemet. I just pull the hose off the plastic check valve when I refill, leaving the long part of the hose zip-tied to the bike. :naughty:

  • rich128

Posted April 12, 2005 - 08:35 AM


I had the same problem last weekend. Wouldn't one of those cute little replacement gas cap vents work? That's what I was thinking of getting. There about 2.5" long and stick straight up. ????


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