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Oil sight glass replacement

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Steptoe, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Someone needs to engineer and build a remote sight glass CCTV system so we don't have to bend over.
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  2. MotorradMike

    MotorradMike MIL-TFD-41

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    You can glue a small mirror to your left boot so you don't have to bend over.
    Not that there's anything wrong with that. :D
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  3. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    We're you taught on cars or motorbikes back then?

    Most of my motorcycle learning was done on Meriden Triumphs, Greeves, Nortons, BSAs, the occasional Honda, Royal Enfields and a BMW R50.

    Did you ever meet or were you ever in the company of Hailwood, Minter, Agostini, McIntyre or any of the other IOM riders?

    I hope to attend IOM one day...I'm looking forward to the ferry ride from the UK to Douglas (hope they still have hydrofoils)....see you there.
  4. vagueout

    vagueout Long timer

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    This would be in good company with the Tyre Pressure Monitor system on the 1200's.:lol3
  5. DrWez

    DrWez Mad Scientist

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    It's a retaining ring not a clip that circlip pliers will work on.
  6. Terry

    Terry Long timer Supporter

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    I already have one! I just never thought of using it for that!
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  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    True, just use a small flat-blade screwdriver.:deal
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  8. AntonLargiader

    AntonLargiader Long timer

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    Yeah but then people will think you're some upskirt peeper weirdo.
  9. GSBruce

    GSBruce Been here awhile

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    Do sight glasses need replaced if they are clear and there is no seepage at all?

    For instance, on an original-owner 2000 R1150Gs with 27,000 miles?
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  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    No, leave them be unless they are leaking.:deal
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  11. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Oh, hell, you're right! :baldy What was I thinking? I even took this shot of the sight glass on my 2005 some time back to show the snap ring. :lol3

    [​IMG]

    Like Jim said, a small screwdriver would work. I also like the little bent hooks that come in sets for this sort of thing.

    [​IMG]
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  12. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    My 01 has 37,000 miles and was yellowed and difficult to see through so I decided to swap it out "in 90 seconds" like I've read...while changing the oil this evening. Over an hour later I said screw this and came in and made a strong drink. Just like others posted it is in there good!
    I broke the plastic and fished out the pieces, tried prying on the ends at 3 and 9 position, took a center punch to make a small hole in the center of the metal and screwed in a 3" lag bolt. It looked like it was going to come out until I realized what was moving was the metal. I got that out and stopped for the night where the outer ring is still in the block. I was thinking of buying a seal puller in the morning but I figure it would just bend and be useless. I started using a large cold chisel but need to find my small one. I think that may do the trick. If not I'll try the dremel.
    I'll deal with it tomorrow...
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  13. diabolik37

    diabolik37 Deadly Gubba

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    I fix it for you

    Don't worry.. You still have plenty of time...
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  14. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    :lol3

    I found my small chisel and got the last piece out. All fixed up now! :1drink
  15. diabolik37

    diabolik37 Deadly Gubba

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    See... with plenty of time to spare....

    I found that some do come out pretty easily, some other won't. But it seem that the easier one to replace are the one that have already started to leak...
  16. Steptoe

    Steptoe steptoe

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    You read it took 90 seconds, using a seal puller.

    You've given me an idea for another oil glass removal/replacement thread.... "How to change it in 4+ hours using pointy bits of metal and hammers and then moan about how long it took".. :D
  17. Bobber

    Bobber n00b

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    Unfortunately after trying all the tricks here, I gave up and trailered it to a dealer, which was almost 3 hours from here. The dealer did not have the special tools and it took 2 of them a good bit of time to get it out. All the hammering, etc. they did made me nervous, but they were able to finally get it all out. They replaced it with the one I had purchased earlier and brought with me. The new one had a glass sight glass instead of the plastic. Beware, they are not all as easy as described in this thread. This was on a 1200 RT.
    They charged me $95 for the labor, which was worth it, wish I would have gone to them first.
  18. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    $7 from HF and no sight glass will win.

    [​IMG]
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  19. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

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    I just carry a spare in my kit with a spare clutch cable and fogetaboutit.
    If it seeps a little never mind, just worry about if it pops out.

    I also usually carry a spare Hall sensor, as that will stand you certainly.
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  20. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell Supporter

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    I am in the middle of an oil change and had planned on changing out my sight glass. It looks like it is weeping oil, not enough to drip on the ground, but enough to make a mess on my engine.

    I remembered this thread and looked it up but now it appears that Steptoe's pics are no longer available. I've heard and read the horror stories about these sight glasses and I have my replacement in the freezer right now but I am having second thoughts.

    Maybe I should just leave it alone and ride.
    [​IMG]