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post #1 of 25 Old Mar 19th, 2008, 2:27 pm Thread Starter
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Oil drops from exhaust

Every time I first start the bike up for the day, I get a small area of water and small black dots of what I believe to be oil underneath the end of the tail pipe.

It seems that once the bike is warmed up it goes away. I have 7 years of warranty on the bike so I am not worried, I just wanted to know if anyone else experiences this.

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condensation and soot... my '05's done that since new... motor runs better every day.

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Re: Oil drops from exhaust

It is probably soot and water. If it dries up, it is probably water if it stays wet it is probably oil. Put something under it (non porous) and see.

I have not heard of oil out the exhaust, so, you're probably fine.

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Re: Oil drops from exhaust

I originally thought soot as well and it does dry up so as always...

"Thanks to the ever knowing body of LT owners on this site"

I'd hate to think what the shop would charge to diagnose that and give me the same information.

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I originally thought soot as well and it does dry up so as always...

"Thanks to the ever knowing body of LT owners on this site"

I'd hate to think what the shop would charge to diagnose that and give me the same information.

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"They all do that... $275 please."
Only $275. Where do you get your servicing done?

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Re: Oil drops from exhaust

I noticed this on mine, just waited to see a thread on the phenomenon.


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I noticed this on mine, just waited to see a thread on the phenomenon.
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Re: Oil drops from exhaust

I have this too soot issue as well. I originally thought the bike was running a bit rich, but then again, the exhaust points straight down... It can't help but "tatoo" the pavement.

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BTW... if you park bike on sidestand, you might get a little bit of "blue smoke"...

That oily smoke will condense in the exhaust... and accumulate, then mix with normal "soot"... So, there's one possible cause.

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Re: Oil drops from exhaust

Uh...if ya look close, you'll see that the exhaust pipe does not point straight down, its sort of a fake. The bike does run rich by design on start up.

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Uh...if ya look close, you'll see that the exhaust pipe does not point straight down, its sort of a fake. The bike does run rich by design on start up.
Actually the fake part is that it appears to go straight back when in fact it does go straight down. The accumulation of moisture and soot at this location and the downward bend of the actual exhaust pipe came as the result of a team collaboration between Heinrich's engineers and Gerta's marketing team in the father land. They wanted to entice Hardly Ableson riders in the New World to convert to the LT. These HD riders were accustomed to "marking their territory" with an oil leak. While this was unacceptable to Heinrich's group they were able to accomodate Gerta's team with condensation and soot. What will they think of next?

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Oops, yep, what you said! The exhaust actally points down, it is the little straight pipe that is "fake".

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Re: Oil drops from exhaust

I just found this thread and need some help.

My 2000 LT 52K miles is running fine.

I replaced the spark plugs last night and when I was working in the garage I noticed the soot on the floor. It looks more dry then wet like OIL.

BUT the problem did not exist till I replaced the spark plugs.

your thoughts would be appreciated.

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I just found this thread and need some help.

My 2000 LT 52K miles is running fine.

I replaced the spark plugs last night and when I was working in the garage I noticed the soot on the floor. It looks more dry then wet like OIL.

BUT the problem did not exist till I replaced the spark plugs.

your thoughts would be appreciated.
You're fine. I've seen it after spark plug change and all through until the next spark plug change.

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You're fine. I've seen it after spark plug change and all through until the next spark plug change.
Thanks Steve, but weird.

It did not do this and now after spark plugs it does?

Should I be watching the oil like a hawk?

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Thanks Steve, but weird.

It did not do this and now after spark plugs it does?

Should I be watching the oil like a hawk?

Thanks

Oh and I have not had a chance to take her off the bench after the spark plug change. I am waiting on a few more parts before I button her all up.

Maybe after a shake down ride she will be better?

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ambient temperature seems to play a big part in this as well mine never does this in the summer months

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ambient temperature seems to play a big part in this as well mine never does this in the summer months
Unless you mean summer like winter, because it is 95 degrees in the shade over here in Florida.

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Re: Oil drops from exhaust

What you are seeing is not oil related but rather the engine fuel mixture running rich on initial start up. Very evident if you start and let it idle in one place. Not so noticable if you start it up and drive off. Normal operation.

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ah yes but we have very little humidity cause we are down under

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Every time I first start the bike up for the day, I get a small area of water and small black dots of what I believe to be oil underneath the end of the tail pipe.

It seems that once the bike is warmed up it goes away. I have 7 years of warranty on the bike so I am not worried, I just wanted to know if anyone else experiences this.
This is likely a combination of rich fuel mixture at start-up, water vapor from the catcon while the exhaust pipe is still cool enough to condense it, and soot being washed out by the water. Look at most cars. They also produce a lot of water out the exhaust when first started, particularly in cool and cold weather. Catcons make LOTS of water.

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ah yes but we have very little humidity cause we are down under

are you saying that hot air rises

Or that the humidity rises?

Which is it ?

Just kidding.

Thanks for the input .

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Re: Oil drops from exhaust

Another question answered - thanks guys. My 2005 LT with 10k on the clock does the exact same thing. I was thinking all sorts of horrible things so it is good to know that I am not alone.
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