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Small piece of rubber in metal oil filer

So I was changing my oil from the side plug today. When I pulled the filter I noticed about 4 small chunks of rubber on the plug side of the filter. Is this something to be concerned about?

Something similar to the image below but not as many rubber pieces and no metal pieces. This is not the filter from my bike.


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rubber chunks in the oil.. balance dampers about to go?

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Looks like the crankshaft balancer bushing are coming apart

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Yea, sadly time to drop the engine to do balance dampers most likely.

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Yea, sadly time to drop the engine to do balance dampers most likely.


I see, how difficult is the process to do? I've never done a engine pull on a bike before.
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I see, how difficult is the process to do? I've never done a engine pull on a bike before.
It honestly is not that bad. I had mine pulled in under 2 hours. Have a rolling jack and 2x4 to help pull the engine from frame, help of a friend never hurt.

Here's where I did mine. Should have finished the thread up but it gives you a good idea: https://www.vn750.com/forum/31-engine...tallation.html

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It honestly is not that bad. I had mine pulled in under 2 hours. Have a rolling jack and 2x4 to help pull the engine from frame, help of a friend never hurt.

Here's where I did mine. Should have finished the thread up but it gives you a good idea: https://www.vn750.com/forum/31-engine...tallation.html


I see, well this no better time to do the ear shave mod as well then.
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A single healthy middle age man can remove and lift the engine without special tools and proper form - 150lbs or so

Paint cans with a magazine on top is perfect height and I ended up not using my jack or roller for engine removal and was able to lift to bench and later install back in bike by myself.

IMO Don't remove the bevel gear case
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Also, was your case split recently and had you inspected such before on last oil change. What year bike and mileage?

I ask because you'll get fragments that look somewhat similar to plastic/rubber from the case sealer if recently put together as some is squeezed inside case and breaks off.

Bring it up because you said pic is not yours. But probably what others said above is dead on!
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Also, was your case split recently and had you inspected such before on last oil change. What year bike and mileage?

I ask because you'll get fragments that look somewhat similar to plastic/rubber from the case sealer if recently put together as some is squeezed inside case and breaks off.

Bring it up because you said pic is not yours. But probably what others said above is dead on!

I haven't changed the oil before via the side plug. But I noticed nothing in the oil when I cracked the bottom plug. I doubt nothing has changed, I haven't turned the bike on since I found the rubber.

It's a 95 w/ approx 15k on the clock (supposedly) I haven't ridden it yet, I wanted to fix it up before I did my msf.
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