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Old January 20th, 2013, 06:24 AM   #1
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Question ? Extra ring added to pistons ?

Anyone else hear about an extra ring added to the pistons on 2013 models? I heard it from a reliable person, just haven't heard it elsewhere.....
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Old January 20th, 2013, 07:45 AM   #2
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Not heard anything but has made me realise even from brand new I've never had the blue smoke start up that I've read about on here and now got 1600 miles on the bike so would have thought I'd have seen something if it was going to happen?

Oh and it has stood for 10 days between starts once, normally just between weekends though.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 09:20 AM   #3
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Yes they made changes to the piston rings for the 2013 models to eliminate the smoke problem. Guess all 2012 model owners should get that then also, shouldn't they?
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Old January 20th, 2013, 09:41 AM   #4
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I heard that they were not going to retro fit the 2012 models. Only 2013 models will get the added rings. I'm not sure the " why " for doing it. If it is important to include it, why not do the 2012 models also!
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Old January 21st, 2013, 07:16 AM   #5
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If I remember correctly, Ducati are not officially saying that there is a smoking problem. So this is just an upgrade / modification to the 2013 model. I would imagine that some tail end / end of year run 2012 models would get the updated pistons.

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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:03 AM   #6
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Yes they made changes to the piston rings for the 2013 models to eliminate the smoke problem. Guess all 2012 model owners should get that then also, shouldn't they?
I seriously doubt it.

That would be one mother of a recall

For dealers to essentially dismantle every 2012 bike, remove and strip the engine and replace the pistons

They would screw the dealers down on warranty work labour allowance and generally cause a shit storm.

Personally, I wouldn't want that anyway, unless my engine smoked like a biatch ..... in which case I'd just want a new bike.

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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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Actually, please could one of our resident mechanical gurus comment on the pro's and con's of adding another ring.

Surely it can't eradicate the issue, maybe just alleviate?
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:27 AM   #8
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My bike has never smoked...Its in the #3000 range... I am wondering if this change actually took place during production on the 2012 bikes and Ducati never mentioned it??? Is it the early bikes that smoked???
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:32 AM   #9
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No it was more random than that. My Tri was one of the first delivered in Europe and only really smoked once, with a little puff here and there since.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 09:27 AM   #10
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My Tri still smokes after 1400, getting a bit pissed.
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