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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Steptoe, Feb 28, 2008.
Someone needs to engineer and build a remote sight glass CCTV system so we don't have to bend over.
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.
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.
This would be in good company with the Tyre Pressure Monitor system on the 1200's.
It's a retaining ring not a clip that circlip pliers will work on.
I already have one! I just never thought of using it for that!
True, just use a small flat-blade screwdriver.
Yeah but then people will think you're some upskirt peeper weirdo.
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?
No, leave them be unless they are leaking.
Oh, hell, you're right! What was I thinking? I even took this shot of the sight glass on my 2005 some time back to show the snap ring.
Like Jim said, a small screwdriver would work. I also like the little bent hooks that come in sets for this sort of thing.
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...
I fix it for you
Don't worry.. You still have plenty of time...
I found my small chisel and got the last piece out. All fixed up now!
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...
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"..
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.
$7 from HF and no sight glass will win.
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.
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.