Do the ZR 800's come from the factory with the oil pump tuned to burn more oil than normal? If so can I tune it down mysrlf or should I take it to the dealer? This thing seems to burn oil like crazy. 1 gallon in 390 miles.
Take it back to the dealer and let them do the repair. Just tell them you use 1 gallon of oil in 390 miles. I try to set mine up for the 50 to 1 rule. If I get 10 mpg then I should go 500 miles before I add a total of 1 gallon of oil. Good Luck.
My 02 800 efi cce uses gobbs of oil to. I used a gallon in about 300 miles. I noticed it was going quick and decided to leave it for a good break in but I'am going to back it off a turn or two. I set my 97 T-Cat to use a tank every 450 to 500 miles, and have got a little over 10,000 miles with out going into the bottom end. It runs better too.
I have a 2000 ZL600 that burns oil like crazy. I think I am getting only about 40 miles to the quart. It is so bad that no one wants to follow me because they cannot breath. I took it to the dealer twice and they refused to make any adjustment because the lines matched up on the adjustment indicator (note that they used a mirror to see these lines because they are underneath). They would rather see you burning too much oil than burning up your engine, I guess.
Dealers are not going to take a chance fine tuning your oil injection only to have you come back and blame them for your motor problems.Keep track of how much gas you use for a gallon of oil,and back off your injection a little and check it again. If you get to around 50/1 that should make you and your sled happy.
I saw a dealer adjust the linkage and he used a bent head open ended wrench. Is this a tool that one can readily find in a store?
Also, I had a dealer look at mine and he wouldn't adjust it because the calibration lines (which are under the oil pump linkage and can only be seen by using a mirror) were lined up.
I guess I am going take the advise of 7 c wannabe and turn it back a little bit at a time until I get the proper results. Thanks.
My 02 ZR 800 c/c also uses gobs of oil. I fill the tank full and put on 200 miles. The last 25 miles the light was. When we got back to the hotel I had less than 1/2 a litre left. I told my dealer about it and he said he would check it out and do an adjustment on it. I was kinda surprised
I just got done adjusting my linkage and it obviously is not calibrated to the pump. Adjusted it almost 1/4 inch and it gave me about a 50:1 ratio. Before this I was using about a quart of oil every 40 miles...Smokin' big time. This was about a 16:1 ratio.
Don't make any adjustments until you figure out your oil consumption. Find out what the specified gas to oil mixture (ratio) is supposed to be for your sled's oil pump setting (e.g. 50 to 1).
To actually determine how your sled is consuming oil and the gas to oil ratio, do the following:
1) Wait until your oil reservoir gets down a quart or more.
2) Making sure your sled is on a flat and level surface, open the hood and make a mark with a pen or marker on the side of the oil reservoir at the current oil level.
3) Add a quart of oil.
4) Reset your trip odometer to zero.
5) Watch your oil level and when it gets back down to the line you marked, record your trip odometer mileage. This gives how many miles it took to consume one quart of oil.
6) To determine your gas to oil ratio: divide your gas consumption (e.g. 10 mi./gal) by the oil consumption (e.g. 125 mi./qt. which is also 500 mi./gal).
In this example, 10 mpg gas divided by 500 mpg oil is 1 mi. gas/ 50 mi. oil (fraction), or, the inverse is 50 gal. gas / 1 gal. oil (ratio), or, 50:1. You are using 1 part oil for every 50 parts of gas.
you guys are lucky i have a 96 ZR 580 EFI that consumes a quart of oil every 180 miles i'm scared to drive the thing, i'm gonna burn it up
and you know how those dang 580's burn gas i probably got about 9 miles a gallon, i computed it out and that is about a 100-1 ratio that comes out to 720 miles to a gallon of oil, jeez!
its funny the lines on the pump line up and everything i should switch over to some amsoil and see if i can burn a little bit more oil that way being thinner than the petrolium based cat oil i am using now
i havn't burned it up yet, oh crap i probably just jynxed it too, ####!
720 mi/gal. oil and 9 mi/gal. gas equals an 80 to 1 ratio for oil usage, not 100 to 1. It doesn't seem like alot, but the difference between either one of these and 50 to 1 could definitely burn up a sled.
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