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Sludge Trap Q & A

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Sludge Trap Q & A

Q. What is a sludge trap and why is it so important?A. The sludge trap is a tube inside the crank cavity. It is essentially a centrifugal oil filter that protects your connecting rod bearings from solid carbons. Over time the trap fills up creating a blockage of oil flow to the connecting rods causing a seizure. In the picture below you can see the there is a solid build up and anymore "muddy" build up. When a bike sits for 30 years or more the sludge starts to harden, this is especially dangerous. When you run the bike with...

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