Camshaft blueing

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Camshaft blueing

Post by guzzi4v » Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:17 pm

This is an update on the camshaft issue I hinted at in the front brake thread. At the 30000km service the dealer contacted me to inform me that I had scuffing on the cams requiring replacement under warranty along with new oil jets. This was a bit confusing because it turns out it was more about blueing than scuffing. I was very worried about this because it is a lubrication problem and my mind turned toward a collapsed/faulty filter and/or an oil bypass valve problem. However it seems this problem has occurred with another 1290 SD at this dealer and the solution was to replace the cams and install new oil jets in the head under warranty. The cams had only very, very slight blueing and there was no problem with the oil filter. I use Motorex 10w-60 oil.

I have not heard of this problem before anywhere; I have not searched hard though.

I am still a little confused though because the way it was explained to me I understand the oil jets to be too small on some early bikes. If that's the case, and KTM Australia has warrantied the problem twice, then why isn't it a tech bulletin? My bike is an early one being one of the 2nd batch into Australia in 2014. The randomness seems odd. It pops up in some bikes and not others.

The bike is running fine and I don't believe the dealer is being dodgy. The blueing was barely recognisable, they picked it up, reported it to KTM Australia as a warranty issue, and it was dealt with. In fact, at this point, I can only say good things about them.

I must admit though, thoughts about an oil pressure gauge are creeping into my paranoid brain.

People should probably ask dealers/mechanics to have a close look at the cams at the next service.

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Re: Camshaft blueing

Post by 1290 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:31 am

At the 15k service I was told the same and photos were taken I am about 3k off the 30k service so will have to see what they are looking like. Min is also a early 2014 model.

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Re: Camshaft blueing

Post by guzzi4v » Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:06 am

I'll be very interested to hear how you go.

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Re: Camshaft blueing

Post by 1290 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:48 pm

My rig is booked into the dealer today. They need to put warranty claim in before 26/09/2016 as warranty expires. This should have been addressed at the 15000km service.

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Re: Camshaft blueing

Post by 1290 » Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:05 am

Cams look ok and I am assured photos have been taken also geting copies sent to me. Good work by CMC.

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Re: Camshaft blueing

Post by steve59 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:33 am

At least you guys have a 2 year warranty. By the time I get my bike in for the first valve check my warranty will be done, unless we get one hell of an indian summer.
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Re: Camshaft blueing

Post by 1290 » Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:51 am

Mate most are ok, it seems not to widespread. Its funny I think
warranty should run on km only not time.

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