OIl Pan and Oil Filter Installation Theories

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Beater, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    I forgot to mention in my advice that I do use silicon on the degreased threads of the bolt where the threads goes all the way through into the sump. Other than that, I think dry gaskets and using a inch pound torque wrench is the most refined method regardless of cost or time.
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  2. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    Do you think teflon tape might work to help seal those bolts?
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  3. supershaft

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    I use liquid tape on final drive threaded rings with real good results. I have never had the need to try it on the sump bolt. Silicon has worked perfect for me so far. I have seen so many techniques not work that when I come across one that does I usually just stick with it.
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  4. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    Nice bike, AW. All is very clean. I like the Enduralast.
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  5. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Thanks, but it's only clean because it hasn't been run yet. It's never going to be that clean again. :D
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  6. supershaft

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    I'm a big fan AW but don't let me down now! :D I'm beggin' ya not to be yet another GS rider that never washes his bike. Real dirt bikes get washed. Real dirt bikes get maintained. You can't properly maintain a dirty bike. Go to any national or even amateur MX and look at the bikes before the race. They are spotless. Every weekend! Not washing your your bike so as to I guess prove that you have actually ridden it in the dirt ruins it before it's time on numerous different fronts. :D
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  7. robtg

    robtg Been here awhile

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    I agree with that 100%. I have found broken frames, cracked cases, and all kinds of problems just by washing a bike after being ridden off road.
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  8. Airhead Wrangler

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    Don't get me wrong, I don't plan to cover it in crud and leave it. I wash off loose dirt and grime, but I don't get too anal about polishing every nook and cranny - not as some kind of proof that it gets ridden, more that I just don't have the time. I fully agree with what you're getting at though.
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  9. Mugwest

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    Man you guys are anal. It's British Motor Works, right? Well British bikes leak, end of story.

    Oh and Stagehand to the bike-wash station courtesy phone, plz :lol3


    After years of futzing w/ all the sealant solutions mentioned here, i went w/ ol' Snowbum using a dry/new/stock sump gasket and wrist-torque w/ a 1/4 inch short ratchet. Bone dry on 2 motors that are ridden in dirt heat cycles
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  10. supershaft

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    Yea! A lot of people let the crud cake. And then want me to work on it. Not only does it need to be cleaned before it can come apart but how long has it been since it has been looked at? You shouldn't let a bike go that long with out looking at it. The bike I mean, not the crud.
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  11. robtg

    robtg Been here awhile

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    Bringing a bike in to a shop for major service caked with mud and grease is like going to the Doctor for a physical and not showering or wiping your ass the previous week.
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  12. supershaft

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    :clap:clap:clap
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  13. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Sump: clean surface. I use the gasket dry. Bolts finger tight, then I use a small socket and go about a quarter turn. It seems to work. They don't need to be very tight.

    Oil filter: clean surface. I measure, no gasket used, two shims and the o-ring. No leaks.
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