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So I am a little concerned about my bearings. I have changed the oil in my bike three times now in the last year. Each time I've noticed what looks like gold dust in the oil. I assume its bearing wear. I'm hoping it's normal, but being a realist, I'm thinking it's not. It's a 97 XLH1200 with just under 45,000 miles. Engine sounds normal. When I bought it last year, the oil light intermittantly would come on, but not consistant with an actual oil pressure problems. When I replaced the oil pressure switch, my assumptions of a faulty switch were correct, the light only came on when the engine was not running. After this last change the oil light stayed on much longer than I liked, especially since it was the first time I filled the filter with oil during the change. As soon as I set up a photobucket account or similar page, I will post some pics. They are of the oil and flakes on a brand new drain pan. Any advice is appriciated.
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OK here are the pics, the last pic shows it the best. Ive been letting the filter drain for a week and will cut it open soon. When I cut the last filter open last fall, it looked a little depressing as a couple of the "flakes" seemed a little bigger than flakes and almost sliver or waferlike. They were quite small but I do believe that "relatively" small is probably too big. From what I understand and whats already been advised to me is that there should be no visable evidence of "gold" in a healthy motor. Again, curiously, the engine sounds normal. Maybe if I wish enough it'll be fine right? =)





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same thing on my 79... motor sounds healthy though...
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Damn good sporty if it's producing gold at the price of gold now.When you were just talking gold in the oil I was thinking the oil breaking down but then you added the flakes in the filter.I 'm thinking plating flaking off something.There's gonna be stuff in the oil thats why we change filters.It's probably just normal wear and tear.
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Maybe if I wish enough it'll be fine right? =)
Sorry man. Probably not. That does not look good to me, but I by no means an expert on bottom ends. Do you still have the oil you drained? Maybe you can get an oil analysis done on it to see exactly how much metal you have.
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