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Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

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Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby pingu-nz » Mon May 15, 2017 2:44 pm

My 961 Sport is away for the oil in the air box fix ,throttle body ,and ecu change over.

2014 model, SC ECU, 7000km, over 1 liter of oil drained out of the air box. erratic starting idle,
dropping to 1 cylinder.

Does any one have any feedback on their experience with the changes ?

Is there a tappet cover available without the banjo bolts that are blanked off ?

cheers
Paul

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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby TonyA » Thu May 18, 2017 5:40 am

The very first oil in air box fixes were supplied with banjo -less rocker covers. Then when mine was completed only the banjo blank off plugs were supplied . So I bought the banjo less rocker cover with my own money. That fix works good and stops the oil discharging to the air box. I still have the SC ECU. If or when the SC ECU goes bad then I will have to pay for it.

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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby Britfan60 » Thu May 18, 2017 7:38 am

I never did get oil in the airbox on my 2013, but being I had a host of other problems, the factory Okayed many upgrades including the new banjoless valve covers while still under warranty. I had multiple oil leaks, no more.
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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby pingu-nz » Thu May 18, 2017 3:36 pm

Tony

Can you recall the cost of the new tappet cover ?

Another option i was thinking of is remove the banjos and use aluminum blanking caps.

Also this upgrade is reducing the 3 breathing outlets down to 1 .
More crank pressure and increase the chances of oil leaks.

Hopefully the new ecu will fix the inconsistent idle issues

cheers
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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby trevorpacker » Sat May 20, 2017 8:45 am

AF1 Racing in Austin just replaced a faulty Lambda sensor and updated the mapping (not sure what ECU I have on my 2015 961) it's now running better than it ever did, no more idling issues. This and the breather upgrade have made me a happy man.

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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby TonyA » Sat May 20, 2017 6:48 pm

pingu-nz wrote:Tony

Can you recall the cost of the new tappet cover ?

Another option i was thinking of is remove the banjos and use aluminum blanking caps.

Also this upgrade is reducing the 3 breathing outlets down to 1 .
More crank pressure and increase the chances of oil leaks.

Hopefully the new ecu will fix the inconsistent idle issues

cheers
Paul



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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby pingu-nz » Wed May 24, 2017 11:41 pm

Not sure if the upgrade went well . :cry: :cry:


Plastic plug on right hand breather broke and came off on way home , wee panic attack when i pulled into garage with breather fumes and smoke everywhere.

Oil catch bottle half full after 200 km ride home,

Bike is very jerky under 3000 rpm . Dyno jet wheres your power commander !!!
However 5000 rpm up is magic , but hard to tick around town at the speed limit ,

So anyways
Banjo bolts getting removed and anodized plugs being installed.
Maybe bigger catch bottle for the oil !!

Back in the corner of the garage until the plugs arrive, any wonder these are low mileage bikes sold second hand.

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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby trevorpacker » Thu May 25, 2017 5:19 am

After the breather upgrade on my 2015 model I have no oil in the catch bottle after 500 miles. All I've seen in the catch bottle is a little water after riding through a heavy rain storm.

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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby Britfan60 » Thu May 25, 2017 6:47 am

I don't use the catch bottle. I have a slightly wider diameter clear tubing (like from a fish tank filter) and leave it unplugged. My oil level has been constant for over 2 thousand miles and my air filter looks like new with 8 grand on it. I may get 1/2 a teaspoon of oil in the airbox. 2013 Sport.
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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby TonyA » Thu May 25, 2017 10:49 am

pingu-nz wrote:Not sure if the upgrade went well . :cry: :cry:


Plastic plug on right hand breather broke and came off on way home , wee panic attack when i pulled into garage with breather fumes and smoke everywhere.

Oil catch bottle half full after 200 km ride home,

Bike is very jerky under 3000 rpm . Dyno jet wheres your power commander !!!
However 5000 rpm up is magic , but hard to tick around town at the speed limit ,

So anyways
Banjo bolts getting removed and anodized plugs being installed.
Maybe bigger catch bottle for the oil !!

Back in the corner of the garage until the plugs arrive, any wonder these are low mileage bikes sold second hand.

Cheers
Paul


Hello Paul , Verify if the dealer installed the whole update kit . If the check valves were NOT installed in the oil feed and return lines you will have problems. Also , the rocker cover needs to come off if you plan to remove the banjos to take out the nuts on the back side etc.. It will be easy for you to verify if the oil return check valve was installed . look at the oil return line just in front of the engine timing cover. The line should be cut and a check valve installedjust after where the oil line turns up to go to the oil cooler. The feed side will be hard to see as it is inside the oil pump. If the bottle was only half full after 160 miles then you may be ok. If the dealer didn't clear the crankcase from earlier wet sumping maybe that's all it is. Shame that rubber plug couldn't stay on for you. That ruins what may have been a good experience for you. remember that there is not a lot of room in the rocker cover for additional nuts and washers . Things have to be kept as slim as possible in there.

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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby pingu-nz » Thu May 25, 2017 9:11 pm

Yes Tony

The dealer has done a excellent job of the upgrade.
All the parts look to be in place, its just the plastic bung that has failed, and i don't want the same happening miles away from home again.
I plan on removing the tappet cover to remove the banjo bolts.
The anodized bungs are the same 14mm x 1.5 thread as the banjo bolts so should screw into the existing threads and nuts.
Does anyone know what octane fuel the ecu was mapped to ?
Could this cause the surging and popping under 3000 rpm.

Lets call this work in progress :lol: :lol:

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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby TonyA » Fri May 26, 2017 7:31 am

Sounds great , let us know how it goes.

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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby jjcnov » Tue May 30, 2017 1:01 pm

The under 3 grand issues went away after the SBN mufflers were installed.
Orange County Indian Motorcycles installed the breather update and no oil under the bike after 120 mi. Ride up Mt Hamilton and back to Livermore on good twisty roads.
I need to get my 961 on a Dyno before I start playing around. I'm pretty happy with it now. I can't wait for Laguna Seca next year!
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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby TonyA » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:04 am

trevorpacker wrote:AF1 Racing in Austin just replaced a faulty Lambda sensor and updated the mapping (not sure what ECU I have on my 2015 961) it's now running better than it ever did, no more idling issues. This and the breather upgrade have made me a happy man.


Hello trevorpacker , Just wondering about the lambda sensor AF1 replaced for you . Can you be more specific as to which sensor was replaced ? This may be a problem for others on this forum . Thank you and good to hear your bike is running and idling great

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Re: Airbox oil fix and ecu upgrade

Postby trevorpacker » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:57 am

Hi Tony

Had a problem with idling speed occasionally going up to 1800 RPM + when motor was warmed up. Short Motads are fitted and correct map installed last year.
Left cylinder appeared to be running rich, spark plug dark. Right plug appeared normal. turned out the right hand side O2 sensor was faulty and stuck on leanest correction factor.
AF1 replaced the O2 sensor, damaged LH intake boot, flowed and cleaned injectors and updated the mapping. Both cylinders are now running the same correction factor and the plugs are both looking the same normal colour. Bike runs great and no idling issues.

I do want to say that AF1 racing in Austin did a great job of diagnosing this and the second replacement of gearbox seals (first was done by another dealer who also did not diagnose the difference in spark plug colours I reported to them) AF1 did all of this including, at my request, riding the bike twice for extended runs to ensure plugs were correct colour. No additional costs, all done under warranty. I highly recommenced them.

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