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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by onaXR, Jan 18, 2006.
Last month Mike breaks out a box from the rafters that has a whole XRL top end in it. Cylinder, head and rocker cover. He did the work over a decade ago but the owner never returned to get it. I will be using these parts for the engine build I'll be doing. I will be taking him the center cases for him to do his treatment to. Like vapor blasting but dry. The top end parts has the vapor finish already. I will have the side and rocker cover powder coated the black satin smooth. More than likely he will have to have the suspension shortened as he would have a hell of a time getting on a stock XRL. To be decided if the frame gets powder coated.
Thinking about adding an oil site tube. I've read plenty of thoughts both ways.
My goal is to have instant oil level checks considering the ole girl usually doesn't get a warm up and then stop to check the oil. It's not perfect, but it will tell me after long weekends if I need to add on the fly before heading home.
OIL SEAL, LEAK STOPPER
In the oil pump. This will keep the oil from seeping down to the lower end thus permitting oil level checks when cold.
You just exploded my google search.
I see the seal, but what's the access method.
Is this a wearable part that needs more frequent replacement to continue to check the level cold.
Gotta pull the oil pump to swap it out.
I can probably go check the oil in my XR600 that hasn't been run in years.
My XR is the same. It’s a 2001 but I bought it last year with only 4,500km on it. It was like new. The oil level moves a little bit on the stick after running but never drains out after parking. It sits for six months during winter and the oil level is the same when I fire it up in spring
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Well I guess I'm the special kid
No your not the only one. I have replaced that seal numerous times and the oil still eventually leaks down. It leaks down even with new oil pumps. Don't know why Steve's doesn't.
Let me preface this post by saying I am hardly the most PC person around...
I've seen Steve speak out about insensitive posts before. Every time he was right on the mark and I was glad he said something. Yes, this is a motorcycle thread, but in the end, we're obliged to defend human dignity when necessary. I appreciate your courage Steve. Thanks.
Ditto. So sorry about your friends' horrifying experience and loss.
I inadvertently did an experiment. When my engine was sealed, the oil would not drip down in to the engine. Once I opened the clutch cover, I let the little bit in the engine drip out on to my pile of rags while I diagnosed a clutch issue. The bike had been sitting for about 4 days before I opened the cover. Overnight ALL the oil came out of the frame and all over my garage once the cover was removed. I think where there is a little head pressure behind the pump, the seal is much better. Once the cover was back on and the bike was full of oil again, I was able to check the oil level after sitting for two weeks. Held fine.
I can't remember where I was going with this... maybe just an anecdote?
Well that's just crazy talk. Motorcyclists defending human dignity? Who ever heard of such a thing?
Mine never leaks down either.
I have put in a new oil pump just as a good maintenance procedure ( 1996 mod. 32K mile 5W-40 syn ).
I have thought about the sight glass idea often. It would be handy to have for long rides just to make that quick check. I would think weld a pipe half coupling on the frame at the top oil level ( bike on side stand ) and use a replaceable pipe thread sight glass. I've seen tube type sight glasses but worry about snagging one of these on something in a fall. An all too common occurrence when I ride. But it may be possible to make a tube type just under the front of the tank, out of harm's way. A tube type would give more info as to oil level in all conditions.
Called in sick. Made a miraculous recovery an hour later. Went riding on the XR all afternoon. It was a good day.
You were further healed by the miracle healing power of the motorcycle.
You mean like what the race Xr600s used to do?
I think Wattner on here posted a pic with his sight tube
"Ya meet the nicest people on a Honda..."
Like this ?