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Oil on right swingarm, new member

Hi everyone, new to the fireblade family. I purchased a 954 recently, original owner and always garaged, with 9300 miles, all stock besides screen turn signals fender delete and grips. Runs like new. Here are some pics. I bought it on Friday and havent ridden since, I noticed a couple small drops of oil on the end of the right swingarm, as well as a bit on the caliper, and a drop on the underside of the muffler. Oil level is good, I cleaned it off and will let the bike idle later to see if I can find anything, but maybe some of you have seen the same thing and can give me quick advice. Thanks and glad to be a member. -Mike
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Re: Oil on right swingarm, new member

Leaky seal in brake caliper. Or leaky brake hose.
I think your axle block is in upside down. The adjuster bolt should shoulder up to the fat part of the block, not the narrow part. If I'm seeing the first picture right...
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Leaky seal in brake caliper. Or leaky brake hose.
I think your axle block is in upside down. The adjuster bolt should shoulder up to the fat part of the block, not the narrow part. If I'm seeing the first picture right...
the block is is the same on both ends, the slot tapers towards the rear. its good.

hard saying where the oil came from. but it might be worth your time to look around on the engine, check hoses, oil filter etc for any signs of oil leaking.

prob not, but worth mentioning that K&N has a current recall on certain filter, specifically the model that fits the 954. they were leaking from the welded on nut at the top. like i said most likely not the culprit but worth mentioning.

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Re: Oil on right swingarm, new member

Thanks for the ideas, I'm going to be winterizing it so ill do some investigating.

Glad to be here Kevin!
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Re: Oil on right swingarm, new member

Thanks Kevin, I see what you're talking about now. I learn something everyday!
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Re: Oil on right swingarm, new member

Thanks for your reply as well jondog, I look forward to getting to know the bike and hopefully have a long successful relationship with it!!
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Thanks for the ideas, I'm going to be winterizing it so ill do some investigating.

Glad to be here Kevin!
Mike, nice bike, sorry you bought the red one, they're the slowest . Could be the muffler bearings leaking, they're real problem on Honda's. Oh wait, that's the reg./rectifiers and stators, never mind! You should be able to tell if it's brake fluid or oil, they feel very different between your fingers. If you wipe it down does it come back? That's a long way for a small leak to travel if it's engine oil, there would be a streak. Like mentioned above, check out the caliper and banjo fitting, either one is an easy fix. Winterizing? In SoCal? That's the beauty of living here, NOT having to winterize stuff 'cuz you can ride year round! I don't even winterize my RV, just drain the fresh water so it doesn't freeze (I live in the high desert do for a couple months out of the year the nighttime temps often drop below freezing). Anyway, welcome again. Where are you located in SoCal BTW? The palms in your planter say you need to be riding not winterizing, that's for all the other guys on here.

BTW, since it hasn't been ridden much, you may want to check the rubber date on those tires. They may look great and still be hard as a rock when it comes to grip.
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Mike, nice bike, sorry you bought the red one, they're the slowest . Could be the muffler bearings leaking, they're real problem on Honda's. Oh wait, that's the reg./rectifiers and stators, never mind! You should be able to tell if it's brake fluid or oil, they feel very different between your fingers. If you wipe it down does it come back? That's a long way for a small leak to travel if it's engine oil, there would be a streak. Like mentioned above, check out the caliper and banjo fitting, either one is an easy fix. Winterizing? In SoCal? That's the beauty of living here, NOT having to winterize stuff 'cuz you can ride year round! I don't even winterize my RV, just drain the fresh water so it doesn't freeze (I live in the high desert do for a couple months out of the year the nighttime temps often drop below freezing). Anyway, welcome again. Where are you located in SoCal BTW? The palms in your planter say you need to be riding not winterizing, that's for all the other guys on here.

BTW, since it hasn't been ridden much, you may want to check the rubber date on those tires. They may look great and still be hard as a rock when it comes to grip.
I am rehabbing from ACL reconstruction and a meniscectomy, I am 12 weeks out of surgery and need another 24 weeks! I feel good enough to ride but I am gonna tuck her in, and focus on a full recovery. Trust me it's not easy, the winterizing part that is...lol

Good eye, even though I took those pics with the old 4mp flip phone, the tires were purchased a couple months ago, Bridgestone Battlax. I live in Corona, and I agree with you on the color. Im going to try and give it an OEM color mash up like this, excuse my bad editing skills...
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