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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-25-2016, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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My wife's 2012 Victory Cross Country Tour has a very small oil leak from an unusual place. After riding the bike, oil will collect on and then drip from the bottom point of the left hand cheese wedge. I can't yet tell the source of this oil. There is nothing obvious to me in that area which could be a source of the oil. It is possible that it is something behind this cheese wedge or something above this cheese wedge that is leaking and dripping onto the wedge, the oil then runs to the bottom point of the wedge, and then drips from there.

The amount of oil dripping is small. It falls onto the shifter pivot and left footbed mounting bracket and then recollects and drips to the ground but not enough to make a puddle. Just enough to see it spread via capillary action on the concrete The drips seem to last for a few days after the bike is parked after a ride and then it stops.

Anyone experience something similar? Any ideas where this oil could be coming from?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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Have you modded the airbox at all? The only thing I can think of is over oiling of the air filter or blow by on the rings... How else could there be oil leaking from up high like that?
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Hopefully you do not have the dreaded "porous head" issue ..

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Hopefully you do not have the dreaded "porous head" issue ..

Right... I forgot about that. I thought that was only on later models? 2014 and up?
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Just asking, had you recently srpayed your engine with the Victory Black and Silver enhancer?

I had done mine prior to my trip to Vic Shop and they found some drips that looked like oil on the primary cover. Guess I had over done the spray and it took a while for the stuff I didn't remove to work itself off the engine.
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The bike is totally stock in the engine area. No changes have been made to the airbox. Also, the bike has the stock air filter and I recently gave it a look and it did not appear to be too dirty. I don't believe the stock air filter gets oiled and I certainly did not oil it. I have never used any cleaner on the engine other than soapy water. I will do a bit of searching for the "dreaded porous head" issue and hope that this is not the cause.

I agree that this is a very high location to have oil leak problems. I'm wondering if there is some sort of crankcase breather that enters the air box and brings with it some oil mist that is collecting and dripping. Perhaps even a leaky breather hose or leaky connection of this hose to the airbox. If it cools down a bit, I will try to look for the source of the oil that is collecting on the left side cheese wedge.

Thanks and keep the ideas coming.

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I would remove tank and have a look at the intake area... Educated guess tells me that's your issue
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Agree with Travis #2 post, could well be the carter breather hose going into your air box ....

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breather hose goes into frame at back of motor.
go for a ride hit it hard a few times and come home take tank off.

You could even get a hold of Kevinx or Rylan and ask them.

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Hopefully you do not have the dreaded "porous head" issue ..
I'm agreeing with MAGS. Wasn't 2011-2012 the years for this issue?

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