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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Help identifying crack around the engine?

Noticed something unusual last night and I wanted to see if anyone would help me confirm what this is. Below are some pics, I looked in my manual and it seems to be the starter case but I really am not to sure what kind of problem this is. I assume I can just put some silicone over it to help defend against moisture but any other opinions is much appreciated. please let me know if I can do anything else to make it a little more clear. Thanks for any help you can give me -
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 12:27 PM
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Sorry all I can see is the seam. If it is cracked I would think it'll only get worse. Can you circle it?
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go to a machine shop. they have a dye that will help clearafy where the crack starts & ends. normally in equipement that vibtates a-lot , machinets stop-drill the crack to prevent it from going any further.
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Haha, my eyes! I put some heat resistant silicone over it to block out moisture and dirt just in case. Ill take it to get looked out tomorrow. I really appreciate the help


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What crack where?
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 05:32 AM
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It looks like the starter to pinion housing bolts came loose. The starter assy. will have to be removed to tighten those bolts.
Try posting a clearer picture so we can tell for sure.

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 09:13 PM
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schmitty is right on target ? loose starter bolts will crack the housing alot of torque to crank over a motor trust me i learned the hard way and an 86 fxr bottom bolt fell out for the starter mount on the tranny and cracked in the same spot as yours
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Really...... Well I took it in and they acted like it was routine. My bike is still under warranty. Would u take it in and fix it? I was planning on it just later down the road. Still have 1.5 years left on it


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