Resolving oil migration | 2008 KTM 530 EXC with XC-4 motor

Finally resolved oil migration issue on the 2008 KTM 530 EXC, the first year of the XC-4 motor that contained separate motor oil and gearbox oil compartments.

The bike’s factory breather system is a closed system connecting the crankcase from the valve cover, the gearbox, and the air intake after the filter.

Oil migration was happening out of the crank case breather, connected to the top of the valve cover. Visible through clear breather tubes, there was oil in the tubes leading to both the intake and gearbox. No telling at what ratio, but enough to require topping off the engine from half, as viewed through the sight glass; equivalent to a few ounces, every few hours.

idler gear with bushing removed for realignment

The kickstarter lever, on the right hand side of the bike, has an idler gear accessible under the clutch basket and located directly under the gearbox breather. It’s a known issue that the oiling holes are found to be misaligned.

Indeed my bike had misaligned oiling holes, and thus rectified the issue by extracting the bearing bushing and reassembling in correct alignment.

idler gear

Used an appropriately sized socket and hammer to drive the bushing out.

idler gear, oiling holes correctly aligned

Published by Manolo al Sol

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