99 1100GS oil sight glass blew out.

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  1. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    I'm stuck but I've got it handled. Can someone point me to a fix thread for when I get the new part?
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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Do you have a hammer? Use a socket of approximately the right size and tap in the new one. Clean the surface of the hole, and lube it lightly (should already be lubed:D). Tap it in as evenly as possible until it is as close to flush as you can get it.

    If the old one is still there, but broken, carefully pry it out first.

    Jim :brow
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  3. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    Part is on the way, be here tomorrow. Should be a simple fix.

    I was chasing parts for work this morning, made it about 3/4 of a mile when I came to a stoplight. Looked over the the left at a weird plume of smoke or condensation. I figured my old resonator had finally shot craps when I realized that it was one wet plume of whatever. Then things got serious!


    Thanks JVB.
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  4. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    At least you were near a couple of bike shops....
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  5. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    Yeah, I wish. It's coming tomorrow via UPS. But I'm not complaining.
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  6. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Supposedly a temporary expanding rubber pipe plug (from most hardware stores) can be made to work as a get-you-home measure. Probably not important if you have a new glass coming tomorrow but maybe useful for future reference.

    I did mine before it fell out and found that the darned thing had glued itself in place. Very gratifying however, to go from this:
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    to this:
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  7. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    Looked up the part. ,, 11 11 8 523 906 ,,, Interestingly, its the same part as for my 2008 adv, except for the 08 there is an extra clip specified , most likely to help keep it in. I had bought one as a spare when I had a 96 GS, guess I'll hang onto it.:clap
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  8. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    When you buy it, for any model, it will come with a clip. I have one on my shelf waiting for a future need. Mine on my ST looks like new at 70K miles.

    Jim :brow
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  9. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    Cool. I'll have to check the packaging more carefully.
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  10. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    I was just gonna ask about this extra spring clip.

    Thanks guys!
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  11. s1marks

    s1marks Mercedes

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    Like JVB says, tap it in as EVENLY as possible. Once it gets off kilter it is a little shit. When I did this a few weeks ago, I broke the glass on the first new one I tried to fit, it got wonky and I just couldn't straighten it out (they are glass and not plastic any longer btw).

    Remember, EVEN + take your time. do it right. not quick.:norton

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  12. PNWRR

    PNWRR not fragile

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    You could probably mist on some isopropyl alcohol for lubrication, it dries quickly and is fairly benign. WFC
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  13. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    Well I guess I should have bought 2.

    Could they not find anything more fragile than glass??
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  14. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    I'm not even gonna bother carrying a spare. There is no way in hell this could get fixed alongside the trail.
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  15. JimVonBaden

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    When you get another, use the old one to tap in the new one. Normally that protects the glass. If you use a socket, it has to be the right size.

    Jim :brow
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  16. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    I'll give it a shot.

    I couldn't even get it get a grip in the hole. No matter how hard I hit it, it'd fall as soon as I took the socket away from it. It was laughing at me. Would it be better to use a sledge hammer with a very controlled swing? Seems some extra mass might help it hit home. My big ball peen just had no effect at all.
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  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    If it is sticking, you might want to slightly debur the edge of the opening. No need for a larger hammer, just measured taps. One other trick is to use electrical tape and tape the old one to the new one to help keep them lined up. Once it is going in, the tape will come off on its own.

    Jim :brow
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  18. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Yep. Easy taps. Make sure the hole is clean and free of ANY gunk.
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  19. cluster148

    cluster148 Adventurer

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    Several years ago my sight plug blew out in the middle og nowhere.Nearby auto parts store suggested a 40mm freeze plug as a long term temp repair.Get the concave plug and it's simple to install.Cost 50 cents!
    Drill a hole in it and use a hook to remove.
    Freeze plug makes it a bit difficult to check your oil....:-)
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  20. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    Bought two more of them today. The mechanic suggested I slobber some oil around the edges. No sealant.
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