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Old 09-17-2012, 07:58 PM   #21 (permalink)
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How loose were they out of curiosity? Just make sure you didn't over-tighten them and squeeze that gasket down too much or it will continue to leak.
Loose enough that I could clearly see where the oil was seeping in several spots. All I did was kinda "snug" them tight. 1/4 to 1/2 a turn maybe.

Again, not a real big deal, but kinda a surprise. I had numerous oil spots along the inside of my bellypan which was hiding the issue until enough built up to drip onto the garage floor.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:03 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Well, there ya go! I really have read a lot of threads about these particular bolts being loose on the 11 models. Very strange if you ask me, but certainly something good to know.
Nope - not your imagination and thanks for pointing it out. Not too surprising to have a few hiccups with any new model year, but I thought the motor was pretty much unchanged from years past.

Maybe Triumph changed bolt suppliers? Sold their torque wrenches for extra cash? I dunno.
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Nope - not your imagination and thanks for pointing it out. Not too surprising to have a few hiccups with any new model year, but I thought the motor was pretty much unchanged from years past.

Maybe Triumph changed bolt suppliers? Sold their torque wrenches for extra cash? I dunno.
Had the same issue on my 09, so I guess it carried over to the 11.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:03 AM   #24 (permalink)
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^ It is pretty much the same engine. And even properly torqued bolts from the factory will loosen up, that's why it is a good practice to check and retorque after the first couple hundred miles, and then again periodically. Stuff loosens up over time, it's not Triumph specific.
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:47 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Stuff loosens up over time, it's not Triumph specific.
You're telling me?

My middle-aged body is loosening up! And not in a good way.

It's just that this is the first of 10 bikes to do so to this extent. But no biggie, and I'm on hands-on guy anway. Adds to the character of this little Spitfire.
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^ This made me laugh. And yeah, I just meant cars, trucks, whatever, its always a good idea to give it a once over as things loosen up from metal expansion and contraction, etc., but it sucks to have it happen on a newer machine that you'd hope to be trouble free for at least a few years.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:35 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Another vote for checking your oil pan bolts. My '09 developed a minor leak this year and I thought it was probably just weeping from the oil filter and I'd get it this fall when I did the oil change/winterizing ritual. When I got down to spin off the drain plug I saw that one of the bolts had completely backed off and was resting on the exhaust header. All the other bolts were in various states of barely beyond finger tight. Yikes!

I'll be checking them with each oil change from now on. Seems to be a common issue.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:53 PM   #28 (permalink)
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You guys using some blue loctite when you retorque, or is that not advisable?
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