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  • Kickstart shaft oil seal?

    The kickstart shaft pivot housing on the gearbox cover on my Viper dribbles a small amount of oil, there is no oil seal as standard, so I was wondering if anyone has fitted an O ring or lipped oil seal in this location, or, if any Velo parts dealer or specialist offers the service?

  • #2
    Yes, a common (hopeful) fix is to machine a channel in the housing for an O-ring. Though I think for it to work, the housing and shaft would need to be wear-free.

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    • #3
      Thats what I need, someone or somewhere to machine the housing for the O ring. Wear wasn't an issue last time I checked, but I'd double check it before going ahead with the original parts.

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      • #4
        Grove Classics do the oil seal you need for a few quid if you have friend with lathe , otherwise they do a modified housing complete with seal but pricey.....
        Mike

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        • #5
          Thanks Mike, I'll check that out.

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          • #6
            Forget the "O" ring. Use only a lipped seal, preferable double lip. "O" rings and seals do different jobs. This is not a job for an "O" ring. I have just had this done on my Commando gear shaft and it is the way to go.

            Cheers Don

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            • #7
              Respect your opinion Don, -I'm sure a 'proper' lipped seal would be best, but my simple O-ring seal has done the job for many years.

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              • #8
                As I understood the subject, O rings are best for static or occasional movement, lipped seals for rotating shafts. Maybe it's not that simple though. In this instance, there are O rings in similar applications on other machines I have and they work fine, so I reckon it would be ok for this application to. Ultimately though, both would work. Thanks for the comments.

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