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    Quote Originally Posted by senn6k View Post
    Using this thread to post my question. Since i saw liqui moly was mentioned.
    I wanted to add 20 ml of liqui moly engine oil treatment / additive since i just changed engine oil. to see if it helps to keep engine run smoother or to increase engine life.

    Did anybody tried this and your suggestions pls
    Liqui Moly LMOA Engine Oil Treatment (200 ml) https://www.amazon.in/dp/B01III7GSY/..._ut9yDbXH90F66

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    Post Re: 2017 Duke 390 Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Quote Originally Posted by senn6k View Post
    Hi i recommended for the balancer shaft together with oils seals . They refused and said only oil seals will be replaced as without any defect to balancer shaft they will not replace it , i argued that many people had this issue and it was suggested to do both. Inspite of that they replaced both the seals and asked me to observe for a month. Asked them to check the oil as i doubt it could be contaminated and yes the oil filter was clogged and visible. This is just after the bike ran 1500kms of new engine oil.

    Changed new oil coolant and changed chain sprocket as it was due to be replaced odo reading is 11800 kms.
    I hope it will run for few thousand kms and again the same issue will reappear

    This is serious design flaw of KTM and they have not rectified so far.
    That's great. I wish I had said this earlier, but you could have mentioned that you'd replace the entire balancer shaft and the oil seals along next time in case, if it leaks again or coolant leak induced seizure. Now that you've replaced your coolant and chain sprocket. Do keep a keen eye on the coolant level for the upcoming week or two. Make sure the bike is put through its paces so that we get to observe coolant loss if any, will be zeroed in early.

    Also, use Bardahl, they are cheap and decent additive. I haven't used LiquiMoly, so I can't comment on that. If you find your oil filter was clogged or murky oil, it's better to flush the engine, and then use fresh engine oil.

    Good luck. Hope it helps!

    Keep your observations posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
    From your posts, I infer that you have replaced your inline fuel filter, replaced your engine oil, and the nitty gritties. Now, you didn't answer as to how much KMS your bike has actually run. If it's above 20k kms or above 17k+ and your valves clearances haven't been checked, it's the right time to do so. Secondly, if you've been following the oil replacement schedule judiciously, your clutch plates will last more than 30k plus easily.

    Coolant have a life of over 2 years minimum. Replacing coolant every year isn't necessary. If the coolant level and the color of the color is as it should be, nothing to worry. Irrespective of the coolant color or level, it's good to replace coolant every two years, helps keep the cooling system clean.

    There is no timing belt as such, the bike is driven by timing chain which is basically maintenance free. Valve clearances are to be inspected every 10k to 15k kms depending on the usage and riding pattern. If one rides it on the boil all the time, it's a good practice to inspect the valve clearances early, say few thousand KMS early than the recommended interval.

    Start off by checking your valve clearances first. Secondly, make sure your spark plugs are cleaned and the cap is securely fit, and thirdly make sure the coolant level is right both on the reservoir and the radiator.

    Keep your observations posted.

    Hope it helps. Good luck.

    Cheers!
    VJ

    Sorry forgot to mention that. I got the servicing done at almost 16250kms and the last oil change was at 10000kms. Will visit the service station and get the valves checked, as in general the bike's performance does seem to have mellowed down quite a bit. Coolant was reaplaced a year ago, they suggested to change it but since i had a bottle of MotoCool lyin in the house, thought will change it later on. how do i check the color of the coolant?

    Also the spark was changed to NGK one(LKAR8AI9).

    after all this was expacting a pretty good feedback, unfortunately the situation seems to have overturned. I'm glad there a place where i can express myself and people can help me with their knowledge.

    Thanks a lot VJ. will have a visit and have a check on the mentioned things an provide an update.

    Regards,
    Kaushik

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    Quote Originally Posted by s1d View Post
    one is the clutch plates could be slipping, another could be fueling issue.. fuel pump pressure related.
    try to open the tank, then start the bike up, shut it down after 30 seconds, close the tank and again start the bike and ride it to check. if it still isn't ok, pls get the fuel pump pressure tested (it should read around 2.6 bar)
    also if you haven't changed the fuel filter in a long time.. make sure it is changed and connected properly. also did you ride in the rain/get the bike washed recently ?? make sure there is no water in the fuel tank.

    Will try the fuel tank one at home. Where can i get the fuel pump pressure tested?? did ride in the rain sometime back, the problem was persistent even before that. Anyways will have a look.

    Any idea how much clutch plates replacement would cost?


    Thanks buddy.

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    Post Re: 2017 Duke 390 Owners Reviews and Experiences

    Quote Originally Posted by kau8552 View Post
    Sorry forgot to mention that. I got the servicing done at almost 16250kms and the last oil change was at 10000kms. Will visit the service station and get the valves checked, as in general the bike's performance does seem to have mellowed down quite a bit. Coolant was reaplaced a year ago, they suggested to change it but since i had a bottle of MotoCool lyin in the house, thought will change it later on. how do i check the color of the coolant?
    Also the spark was changed to NGK one(LKAR8AI9).
    after all this was expacting a pretty good feedback, unfortunately the situation seems to have overturned. I'm glad there a place where i can express myself and people can help me with their knowledge.
    Thanks a lot VJ. will have a visit and have a check on the mentioned things an provide an update.
    So, you've almost run 6250 odd kms on the same oil. It's extremely high time that you replace your engine oil on an ASAP basis. I would also strongly recommend you to use engine flush such as STP before changing the new oil so that the gunk or soot inside the engine is replaced along with the old engine oil. 6k is way too long an oil change interval especially for the Duke 390. A good ball park would be some 3k kms max for good engine life. Anything more than 3k means reduced lubricity and reduced engine oil capacity do its work, and engine roughness, performance loss and what not.

    Replace your engine oil, that's very very important. Secondly, since you're replacing the engine oil, replace the coolant as well. Bring your old stock coolant to the showroom and they'll do it for you along with the engine oil replacement. And yes, get your valve clearances checked. Don't go for the clutch plate replacement now. Replace your fluids first, valve clearances checked and then see if there is any improvement in the engine performance. If it's back to normal, then your clutch plates are okay.

    If even after replacing the fluids and still your bike is sluggish, then it's time to consider a clutch replacement. Clutch plate replacement would cost you approx 1500 to 1800 rupees, more or less.

    The spark plug LKAR8AI9 is the NGK Iridium Plug for the KTM and I am using it too, the plugs are basically maintenance free and offer good cold start ability. Nothing wrong in using this plug.

    Again, it's high time you replace your engine oil, and make sure your engine is flushed before using in the new oil, along with your valve clearances checked. Also make sure your plug cap and your ignition coil leads are all snug and tight.

    Check the above points and keep your observations posted.

    Cheers!
    VJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
    So, you've almost run 6250 odd kms on the same oil. It's extremely high time that you replace your engine oil on an ASAP basis. I would also strongly recommend you to use engine flush such as STP before changing the new oil so that the gunk or soot inside the engine is replaced along with the old engine oil. 6k is way too long an oil change interval especially for the Duke 390. A good ball park would be some 3k kms max for good engine life. Anything more than 3k means reduced lubricity and reduced engine oil capacity do its work, and engine roughness, performance loss and what not.

    Replace your engine oil, that's very very important. Secondly, since you're replacing the engine oil, replace the coolant as well. Bring your old stock coolant to the showroom and they'll do it for you along with the engine oil replacement. And yes, get your valve clearances checked. Don't go for the clutch plate replacement now. Replace your fluids first, valve clearances checked and then see if there is any improvement in the engine performance. If it's back to normal, then your clutch plates are okay.

    If even after replacing the fluids and still your bike is sluggish, then it's time to consider a clutch replacement. Clutch plate replacement would cost you approx 1500 to 1800 rupees, more or less.

    The spark plug LKAR8AI9 is the NGK Iridium Plug for the KTM and I am using it too, the plugs are basically maintenance free and offer good cold start ability. Nothing wrong in using this plug.

    Again, it's high time you replace your engine oil, and make sure your engine is flushed before using in the new oil, along with your valve clearances checked. Also make sure your plug cap and your ignition coil leads are all snug and tight.

    Check the above points and keep your observations posted.

    Cheers!
    VJ

    Looks like there seems to be some confusion. I said i had changed the oil. And issues were persistent before that as well. But i assumed changing the oil might resolve the problems, but unfortunately it didn't. Also i did use the Liqui Moly Engine flush before changing the engine oil and also the oil filter was changed. There was a small 20ml Additive provided with the Liqui Moly Power pack, which was also added along with the fresh engine oil.

    Also if the oil is fully synthetic, is it required to do it every 3000kms?


    I shall change the coolant immediately, and also have the valve clearance checked. Can i know what is ignition Coil leads, and how to locate and inspect them?

    Regards,
    Kaushik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathwing View Post
    Check the throttle body aswell , and engine completely . Also check if your radiator is running fine and has enough coolant .


    U mean to remove and check the Throttle body? Radiator is running fine and also the coolant levels are at par with the recommended evels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abhiiceman View Post
    It might even be worn out clutch plates, don't compare Ur bike to other bikes bro it simply bugs our head even if we show this to mech they won't be able to solve the issue and just say no Saar your bike is fine. My bike feels less eagerness compared to the test ride bike which is ridden twice the km to my bike.
    I could easily make out the diff but they no Saar how can the test ride bike is powerful .

    That's actually very true. NO matter what you say the problem is. Their usual response to that is " i don't find any issues, it seems fine" . I guess the issue is they don't want to work towards resolving it, rather just play with our mind saying everything is fine and we start feeling better about it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kau8552 View Post
    Looks like there seems to be some confusion. I said i had changed the oil. And issues were persistent before that as well. But i assumed changing the oil might resolve the problems, but unfortunately it didn't. Also i did use the Liqui Moly Engine flush before changing the engine oil and also the oil filter was changed. There was a small 20ml Additive provided with the Liqui Moly Power pack, which was also added along with the fresh engine oil.
    Also if the oil is fully synthetic, is it required to do it every 3000kms?
    I shall change the coolant immediately, and also have the valve clearance checked. Can i know what is ignition Coil leads, and how to locate and inspect them?
    Regards,
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    Irrespective of Semi-Synthetic or Fully Synthetic, a drain interval of 3k is good for engine life. Dragging an engine oil too high and above will lead to poor engine performance, gum deposits inside the engine casing and what not. Ignition coil lead is the wire that goes over your spark plug with the help of a spark plug cap. It's the wire that you see over the spark plug. Make sure it's tight and the cap is securely fixed to the wire and not loose. Your mechanic can check it for you, and it's all a minute job.

    Okay, so if you meant to say that you replaced the earlier batch of oil because you had the power loss issues and still facing the issue, it can and perhaps be a worn out clutch plate. It's better to get your clutch plates along with the valve clearances inspected.

    Dragging oil to excessive KMS, can in fact burn the clutch plates as the used oil doesn't have the lubricity to cool them. Secondly, they don't filter the soot very well, all in the end leads to clutch plate wear, and poor engine performance and wear and tear of parts, prematurely.

    Good luck. Keep your observations posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
    Irrespective of Semi-Synthetic or Fully Synthetic, a drain interval of 3k is good for engine life.
    Cheers!
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    Hi VJ,
    I think a drain interval of 3K is very orthodox in today's age where synthetics have come a long way. I've seen countless 390's upwards of 70-80K on the ODO without the engine touched and they only stuck to the factory drain interval. (provided all the valve clearance checks and major checks are carried out at proper intervals)

    Manufacturers with Unlimited mileage warranty have really long drain intervals because the oil can take it and seldom shows any sign of breakdown. I personally check the viscosity at different intervals and 7100 still looks good for a very very long time. I think 5k is a good conservative number to change oils.

    Anything lesser is just damaging to the environment as well as a colossal waste of money in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chip94 View Post
    Hi VJ,
    I think a drain interval of 3K is very orthodox in today's age where synthetics have come a long way. I've seen countless 390's upwards of 70-80K on the ODO without the engine touched and they only stuck to the factory drain interval. (provided all the valve clearance checks and major checks are carried out at proper intervals)

    Manufacturers with Unlimited mileage warranty have really long drain intervals because the oil can take it and seldom shows any sign of breakdown. I personally check the viscosity at different intervals and 7100 still looks good for a very very long time. I think 5k is a good conservative number to change oils.

    Anything lesser is just damaging to the environment as well as a colossal waste of money in my opinion.
    Hi Chip. Synthetics have come a long way, and so is our traffic, our riding conditions and along with it heat and what not. It's not to say that 5k is a deal breaker. But, it's better to be safe than not. Very few people take the due diligence to observe the oil, its condition, viscosity, or let alone checking for basic level in the first place. I personally recommend a 3k interval purely taking out the guesswork and whats and ifs. Me ain't an oil specialist, all that my dingy dome holds is of pure experience.

    Of course, each individual has his own riding style, pattern, drain interval change et cetera, et cetera, which I can't and won't have a say on though I concur your point, periodic valve train inspection goes a L O N G way in making sure an engine remains in good shape.

    Ride safe!

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kau8552 View Post
    Hey Guys,

    I've a small issue with my 2017 D 390. The bike used to feel really powerful and would easily pull from 4000rpm. However lately I've observed that the bike is very sluggish and it starts to pull strongly after 6500rpm. Also the engine sounds quite noisy and rough. Any pointers toward this.

    Thanks in Advance.
    Get compression test done. Compression should be between 5.5-7.5 i remember, anything lower, it would feel lacking power and rough.

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    Is it normal for oil to leak from the wires comming out from left case ? Not a big leak but I can see it's kind of wet around that area.

    And also in the place where the right case joins the engine it seems like the gasket is always wet with oil. A thin layer of oil always surrounds the join area.Is it normal?

    Thanks !

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