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Old 01-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I suspect the main culprit is Ethanol, that's why I asked what kind of gas you guys were using. The water separation problem (aka phase separation) is made worse in cold weather, which turns the water gel into a thicker, sludgy gel. So, the more Ethanol in the fuel, the longer the fuel sits in the tank, and the colder the weather, the worse the sludge problems will be.

The Ethanol conditioner additive seems to be a good solution. At (almost) every fill up, I add an ounce of this:
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:23 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Hey Beez,
I actually bought mine from MCC as well. A buddy of mine owns Conrad's Harley Davidson and used to race with Geoff from MCC. I have had great luck with him and a few of the other guys there have also been good to work with but there was one mechanic there who seemed pretty inept and as luck would have it, he turned out to be the guy fixing my bike and I believe he was the one who mentioned buying a new exhaust would cure these issues I had... Lovely right? I almost sunk $1000 into a new exhaust which would have given me a marginal HP gain only to realize I still had the same issues from the damn ethanol messing up my tank. To answer your first question, the labor charge would have ended up being close to $2000 but I told him I wasn't paying that much (I should state here that they were in contact with techs from Ducati in Italy and other technicians in the US who could not figure the problem out either and AFTER the problem was finally diagnosed one of the techs -according to my guy- said oh yeah, we have seen that problem pop up before and that's exactly how we fixed it. So, long story short my mechanic asked Ducati to honor part of the labor costs due to the nature of the issue and that I was just out of warranty and was actually experiencing the issue while in warranty.) I ended up paying $450
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We should hook up for a Ride!
I've been a customer of MCC for the past 30 years (Started in the dirt ya know) getting race seconds out of their trash bin when I was 18!
I think I know which tech you are talking about... being this is my first Duc, at the 620 mile first service I had already adjusted my chain once... this tech told me it was too tight. When I checked his adjustment I did not find any difference in his adjustment over mine. I'm glad you did'nt fall for the more money spent will make your issues disappear (Mike) and I have saved the Lucas add you attached and will get some this weekend.
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