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Before my 500 mile service I noticed some seepage from the top of the primary cover. Nothing crazy but it shouldn't be there. At the service the tech re-torqued the bolts and it stopped for a little while. Now it's leaking in the same spot. Tech said the bikes sit and the gaskets get brittle. Back at the dealers now for the warranty service.

Just wondering, is this a common problem?

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that's a crappy response from the dealer. I just replaced the original gaskets on a 99 moto for piece of mind. I'd check and make sure those bolts weren't stripped
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Yea I thought it was a little strange..how long can a 2012 really sit? If the bolts are stripped then it happened at the factory or in set-up. Either way they have to fix it. I'm curious what they'll tell me..

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Sounds like a tech that is still green. Pass the buck is what I call him. I would do a factory call and start filling out paper work on how many attempts do fix the problem.

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Before my 500 mile service I noticed some seepage from the top of the primary cover. Nothing crazy but it shouldn't be there. At the service the tech re-torqued the bolts and it stopped for a little while. Now it's leaking in the same spot. Tech said the bikes sit and the gaskets get brittle. Back at the dealers now for the warranty service.

Just wondering, is this a common problem?
Even if this is a common problem and due to a brittle gasket, it is not an acceptable problem... it is one that needs to be diagnosed and remedied. There are any number of potential causes for this situation and each one should be addressed until the culprit is found.

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My 2010 XC did the same thing at first, and others have reported theirs is the same.
I really didn't worry about it, just torqued the bolts to spec, wiped it off and watched it.

I bought the bike in April, and by June it had stopped leaking. Now it's tight and clean.

The gasket has a gel bead around it and I think it just needs to get good and hot to seal properly.

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It must be a common problem because when I first brought it to their attention they said Victory tells them to re-torque the bolts before doing any warranty service. I agree it is an annoyance but totally unacceptable on a new bike. It's funny HD's are joked about for leaking but I've had 4 of them and none of them leaked a drop.

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I do get a kick out of mechanic's think were just Dumb ass riders.
When I had mine in for some work he gave me the same kinda story so I told him to write that on the work order. He didn't want to do that. Then I informed him of my back ground and he changed his tune.
The real way to fix that is pull one bolt at a time clean each hole with a electric cleaner ( no residue left behind ) now clean each bolt and reinstall to torque spec.

We live in a new world and gaskets don't crack get brietill and any other BS.

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I believe that I saw on here somewhere that Vic coats the gasket with grease to aid in sticking them in place during assembly. Sometimes the grease can transfer onto the case and give the appearence of a very minor leak between the case and side cover. Maybe it just needs to be cleaned off really good, like with some brake cleaner or something.

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Whenever I purchase a new vehicle, I start a diary in a 3 ring notebook. In it, I note date and times of incidents, when it went in for repair/service and when it came out. I also note the results of any repairs. I have a section for the paperwork, such as work orders and receipts. Another section has manuals, instructions and receipts for add-ons and accessories. When I have encountered a difficulty with a dealer, I open the notebook and start writing. I usually get things done right the first time - second at most. I recommend those having problems do that too. Better yet, start a notebook the day you buy.

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