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Old 11-21-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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XR650L: Oil Dipstick Digital Thermometer

The Tusk Oil Filler Plug for the CRF250X/CRF250R/CRF450X/CRF450R will also fit the XR650L. This plug sells for $9.99 at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...24/-/-/830619/



If you have a 10 percent off coupon, you can purchase this oil filler plug for $8.99. The Harbor Freight Digital Thermometer is currently selling for $6.29.

http://www.harborfreight.com/instant...ter-95382.html

Since you can easily find a 20 percent off coupon for any item at Harbor Freight, you could purchase the digital thermometer for $5.03. Therefore you can build your own digital, oil dipstick thermometer for $14.02.





To manufacture the digital dipstick I held the aluminum oil bolt in a pair of vise grips, and drilled a small pilot hole in the bolt. I then drilled a hole with a larger, SAE drill bit which was slightly smaller than the probe of the Harbor Freight digital thermometer. The probe makes a tight fit, which will not leak oil. After you install this temperature dipstick in the oil reservoir, you can twist the digital thermometer to align it perfectly with your field of vision.

This photograph shows the length of the Spud Temp Dipstick (TM) versus the stock oil dipstick.



The digital thermometer will display erratic temperature readings whenever the oil level descends below the halfway mark of the stock, oil dipstick. These erratic readings can warn you it is time to top off the oil level in the reservoir. However, it wouldn't be too difficult to solder/braze an extra length of wire to the Harbor Freight probe. If you wish, you could also increase the length of the probe by slipping a small metal tube of the correct diameter over the probe, and soldering/brazing it to the probe for a solid connection.

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Old 11-21-2013, 06:36 PM   #2
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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I find it easy to grip the hex head of the oil plug to remove, and install the digital dipstick. However, one could drill two small holes on opposite faces of the hex head bolt, and screw two small screws into them. The screws would then form a T-handle, which would make the bolt even easier to remove/install.

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Old 11-21-2013, 07:21 PM   #4
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:31 PM   #5
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That is awesome. I assume it will work for the 650R/600R too?
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:53 PM   #6
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That is awesome. I assume it will work for the 650R/600R too?
The XR650L and the XR600R have the same part number for the oil dipstick. However, the XR650R has a different part number. Therefore, I would assume the Spud Temp Dipstick (TM) will only work for the XR650L/XR600R.

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Old 11-21-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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You can also purchase the aluminum oil plug on eBay. The XR650L uses an oil plug with the same thread as the following motorcycles.

Honda

CRF250R
CRF250X
CRF450R
CRF450X
CR125
CR250
CR500
TRX450

Yamaha

WR250R
WR250X
YZ125
YZ250

Kawasaki

KDX200
KDX220
KX125
KX250
KX500

This list is far from comprehensive. However, if you find a good deal on eBay for any of the oil plugs listed above, that oil plug will also work for the Spud Temp Dipstick (TM).

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Old 11-22-2013, 11:39 AM   #8
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That is awesome...
Thank you, gentlemen.

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