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When I had my pipes loose for my "compression increase experiment" I checked the exhaust valves and they have a white residue.





Does this look normal? Bike has 17,500 miles.

Thanks.

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Gee Rob thanks. Should I pee on it like my high school football coach recommended for my athletes' foot?


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You could try. But it might be kinda hard at speed and you'd have to remove your air filters.

I would have thought someone would have replied to this by now on a more serious vein.

I'm pretty sure what you see there Dale are just products of combustion. Probably the result of the various additives they put in the gasoline today. I see similar deposits on turbine blades from time to time when they run on liquid fuels.

I would not worry about it unless it started to become a serious deposit and prevented the valve from cooling thru heat transfer.

Others more knowledgeable on white deposits like this might know exactly what they are.

In the meantime, put a little Lotrimin AF in your gas tank and that should keep it under control.

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Thank you Rob. That's pretty much what I thought, just aired it out to the available brain trust for opinion.

My only nagging concern is....what does AF designate? I don't have any real world experience there?

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I checked mine last night, and they were the same colour as the rest of the valve chamber ie Black. If it were me I would probably check my valve gaps first, incase the valves aren't closing fully. How is your compression?
 

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It would still be good to find out what's causing it. On a spark plug white residue is bad.

I would still check the valve gaps.
White spark plugs are normally not the result of deposits. They are white because they have been overheated. Don't confuse coloration with deposits.

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White spark plugs are normally not the result of deposits. They are white because they have been overheated. Don't confuse coloration with deposits.

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I'm just trying to emphacize that something must be causing them to be white eg maybe too much heat, or something else.

Whether this is good, bad or normal, I don't know, but mine are all black.
 
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