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Hey everone one I have a 01 drz400s that has always had SUPER fine gold flakes in the oil, any known problems with this bike that could be causing it? I had friend said he had a suzuki that did the same thing but it was the clutch and was normal wear. Just seeing if anyone has some protips or insight because Im worried it might be the bearings in the cases... thanks everyone!

UPDATE!!!

I pulled the stator cover and the stator looks good, wet with oil and no chunks missing. I also pulled the clutch cover and removed the discs and inspected, all looks good there too, the copper bearing for the basket was perfect and was smooth as glass turning it. Bearing had normal markings and no signs of wear. tried to find play in any of the accessable parts and no play what so ever, on either side. A gentalman mentioned that fine gold dust can be a result as normal wear, anyone else see it in their oil???

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just a guess, but i would think the gold colored flakes in the oil are probably little bits of copper...and that would make me think your stator is disintegrating. i'd suggest pulling the stator cover and having a look at it.

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just a guess, but i would think the gold colored flakes in the oil are probably little bits of copper...and that would make me think your stator is disintegrating. i'd suggest pulling the stator cover and having a look at it.

The stator is dry I had to replace it, thank you though!

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The stator is dry I had to replace it, thank you though!

Hmmm, it shouldn't be dry, at least as explained in this FAQ post.

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=812702

Another option is to send your used oil in to some place like Blackstone http://www.blackstone-labs.com/ and see if they can determine what the particles are.

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i would research the term loctite fixes ... so you can understand any areas on the bike that need attention .

how many miles .. how many owners .. what type of riding ?

maybe a rebuild is not too far away ... aye

Umm 12k miles 2 owner and highway to trails. And I don't wanna rebuild yet D:

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yeah .. whats wanted and whats needed are usually different

Hah ain't that the damn truth lol.

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Clutch fibers will make your oil have a gold sparkle to it. It's normal. You could send a sample of your oil off to get an analysis done for peace of mind.

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Clutch fibers will make your oil have a gold sparkle to it. It's normal. You could send a sample of your oil off to get an analysis done for peace of mind.

Im thinking clutch fibers myself too because its SUPER fine sparkles, there isnt any funny noises or odd clunks, its always had this from when I bought it. In all 4 oil changes I have done... Soooo Im thinking that might be it and I plan to send a sample off next oil change, already desposed of the old.

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just a guess, but i would think the gold colored flakes in the oil are probably little bits of copper...and that would make me think your stator is disintegrating. i'd suggest pulling the stator cover and having a look at it.

Looked at the stator all is good there, well oiled and no flaking.

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The lower end rod bearing has bronze thrust washers on each side. Hopefully it's not that.

Thanks for reading man! I was able to look an them when I threw in new rings about 1000 miles ago, I didn't see any odd signs of wear and they looked pretty good to me, lol atleast I think

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