The Lekkie motor covers are a great item to have on a motor. They provide better motor protection and they have a grease port that lets you add a squirt of grease into the gear area ever so often. I plan to add a bit a grease every 500 miles or so. Without a port, the cranks, chainring and motor cover had to be removed to add grease.
Below is a short video of an issue that you may have after installing the Lekkie Motor cover and use the optional spacer gasket. On the initial installation of the Lekkie Motor cover, I used the optional spacer gasket.
I was VERY careful not to over tighten the screws that attached the cover to the motor.
Things worked well for a few miles. Then there was a sound... play the video below....
I worked to isolate the cause of the noise.
To do this, I removed items one by one and tested to see if the noise stopped:
- -Removed crank buzz bar (still noise)
- -Removed chain (still noise)
- -Removed chain bling ring (still noise)
- Then I removed the Lekkie cover and the noise stopped. !!!
I then removed the spacer gasket and reattach the Lekkie cover without the spacer gasket. The Lekkie cover does have a glued in gasket that is standard. I tested. NO NOISE!
I reinstalled the bling ring, chain, crank buzz bar and still NO NOISE!
Yes, the spacer gasket is optional. I was informed by Lekkie support that often, people sometimes installed their motor cover and really torque the screws to the point that it is 'too tight' . After this, the gears rubbed the motor cover. That is the reason they now include a spacer gasket.
My issue was I used the spacer gasket but DID NOT get it tight enough... hence the noise. Sounded like air squeezing through a small space creating a whistling noise. After a couple hundred miles now, everything is still working fine. I had no need to add the spacer gasket. The Lekkie Cover with it regular glued in gasket works great. And I just followed the directions of tightness. Using a Philips head screwdriver, alternate screwing the screws in until each screw is snug, then give each screw another 1/2 turn.
So, after a Lekkie Cover install, if you hear noise like in the video, it might be the cover is not tight enough!