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    Default pulsar 180 woes and 2 year report

    I have a 2011 pulsar 180 ug 4. Ive always been a fan of the pulsar. but mine has always given me problems. ive been getting unending problems ever since i bought it. ive spent nearly 15-20k on maintenance alone. ive done a top speed of 137kmph and i get an average mileage of 35kmph. here's a list of problems

    1) first few days the bike was very good, i used to get a mileage of nearly 50kmpl. and then one day when i throttled, the bike acted strangely. it acted like a bike acts when the petrol tank is dry even though there was 5 litres in the tank. this used to hppen only when i raised the throttle beyond 5k rpm. when i took it to the showroom, the mechanics said it was a problem with the carburettor and had it cleaned. my bike was normal now.

    2) after that, i installed k&n (or that's what it said on the box, i might've been given a fake) . i'd also used 10w40 engine oil. white smoke started coming from the silencer. within a few days a lot of engine oil was gone! i then got the 'k&n" removed and the tock filter re-installed. the white smoke stopped immediately.

    3) a few days after i removed k&n, whenever i took the bike past 80kmph, it would turn off and wouldn't start for a minute. then it woud start again. this ued to happen every time i took it past 80-90kmph. the showroom guys failed to rectify thi problem for 3-4 times. they said it was a problem with tuning. but the problem persisted. then, i took my bike to an outside mechanic. he changed the diaphragm. the problem was finally rectified.

    4) now, the major problem strarted a few weeks after that. i started hearing a kut kut sound from the engine. kinda tapping/knocking sound. i took it to the showroom immediately. they said it was a problem with the magnet bush kit or something and had to be replaced. i got it done and the problem wasn't there for 2days. it was back again. when i went back again, they just removed the left cover, tightened a few screws here and there. the problem wasn't gone.
    i rode it like that for a few more days until i couldn't tolerate it anymore. the performance was prety much normal except for that sound. i took it the outside mechanic. he said it could be a problem with the cam chain. he said he couldn't be sure until he opened and checked inside the engine. i'd done around 9k kms then. eventually, he opened up the engine, and declared that the connecting rod had developed a play and the bearing had to be replaced. he had it taken to a lathe, new bearings fit and got new valves as well. the cam chain was also replaced. finally after 3-4 days, i got back my bike. the tapping sound was gone. all this cost me around rs 5k.

    5) that wasn't an end. the engine was very vibey now. when i asked the mechanic, he said that ince all the parts were fitted tightly, it was natural. the clutch was very strange also. wouldn't release completely at all even if i'd released the lever and taken of my hand off the handle!! if i accelerated, the rpms would simply go up but none of the power was being transmitted to the the wheel. i then got the clutch plates changed at around 10k kms.

    6) everything was pretty ok except for the intense vibrations. the clutch lever was pretty tight after i got new clutch plates. i'd done around 12k kms. then, the same tapping/knocking sound from the engine which had made me poorer by rs 5k was back again to haunt me. this time i took it to the showroom . they replaced the magnetic bush kit(carburettor diaphragm also ). the problem came back after 2 days . (history repeats itself) . now the pick up was sluggish. rock hard gear shifts!! i'd had enough. a week ago, i wrote a complaint letter to the guys at bajaj. they contacted the showroom guys, had them call me and asked me to get the bike to he showroom to get checked. they noted down all the problems, and said it could be a problem with the cam chain and vibration could be caused by clutch plates. i'd done 14k kms now. (just 4k with new clutch plates)
    they took the bike for service. when i got my bike back, the bill amount was rs 4k! they said the clutch plates were 'burnt' !! they'd changed the cam chain and carburettor diaphragm . the labour cost, servicing cost and other costs added upto 4k!

    now the the gear shifts are pretty smooth. the tapping sounds are gone. although the engine sounds a little vibey. there is little rough sound when the engine is heated up.


    i have always changed engine oil at intervals of 2500kms . my average speed is 50-65 kmph. i shift gears b/w 4-5k rpms. apart from all these, ive also replaced the sprocket rubber half a dozen times. ive replaced the cone set twice. my bike has never failed to start at the first attempt.
    im tired of spending on my bike.

    please advice me on how to maintain my bike henceforth and enlighten me with the above mentioned problems.

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    I didn't read the whole part & stopped at "I installed K&N...". Well, to be honest, you screwed your own bike by installing "K&N". Installing these high performance part is a very specialized job & if done by a regular mechanic will only invite trouble which you are now facing. People may differ on this opinion of mine but I would still say that high performance mods should be done by a specialized person only.

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    I fully agree with @rx100.7050.

    You spelled doom for your bike with K&N. And you did 137 kmph on a P180?
    Leave aside expert mechanics/professionals, these aftermarket filters are not at all suitable for our puny bikes.

    If you wish to keep the bike further, I'd advice you a full engine rebuild and a proper run in later (rather than doing the same in stages). Stay stock!

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    OMG !!! I didn't know an aftermarket Air Filter would make such a difference on your machine. Almost all major parts around the engine of his bike got replaced, some twice !!!

    Can it for real that such things can happen. After all Air Filter's job to provide clean air. Pardon me, I am not questioning you guys, just trying to find out the fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roks2408 View Post
    OMG !!! I didn't know an aftermarket Air Filter would make such a difference on your machine. Almost all major parts around the engine of his bike got replaced, some twice !!!

    Can it for real that such things can happen. After all Air Filter's job to provide clean air. Pardon me, I am not questioning you guys, just trying to find out the fact.
    Yes, such things do happen! More so when it comes to filters. These after market filters allow in more air than stock filters and essentially you start running with more air in the combustion chamber. Now, with carb bikes, you can upjet to bring in more fuel to complement for extra volume of air going in. FI handles it to some extent by itself. But, even then; what about the extra dust that keeps going in to the engine due to bigger pores (for air inlet) on these filters?
    One solution is to attach a breather alongside a filter. Even with breathers, you can guarantee yourself just 80% of stock engine's life.

    And with just a filter and no upjetting/carb cleaning/adjustments etc, you can start counting days on your fingertips!

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    ^^ Yes. These filters are suitable for European countries where dust is almost non-existence. I don't think they use these whie doing off-road for the very same reasons!

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    K&N filter with wrong grade oil from the start, I'm not surprised.

    You certainly shouldn't have used the oil which was meant for platina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    I fully agree with @rx100.7050.

    You spelled doom for your bike with K&N. And you did 137 kmph on a P180?
    Leave aside expert mechanics/professionals, these aftermarket filters are not at all suitable for our puny bikes.

    If you wish to keep the bike further, I'd advice you a full engine rebuild and a proper run in later (rather than doing the same in stages). Stay stock!
    I agree with him bro.. I have myself touched 138 on my Pulsar 180 UG 4 same model as his. and 125 in triple riding with a pillion(80 kgs) and a kid(30 kgs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Night_Shade View Post
    I agree with him bro.. I have myself touched 138 on my Pulsar 180 UG 4 same model as his. and 125 in triple riding with a pillion(80 kgs) and a kid(30 kgs)
    You were riding triple? Not only is that dangerous, but illegal too.
    Anyways, I knew Pulsars have a faulty speedo. I assumed that they have an error of 5-8 kmph, but nope, its actually in percentage! Maybe >10%.

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