My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick necessary


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My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick necessary

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:51 pm



Here's photo graph of my moditfied dip stick, I'm so freakin lazy and fat I don't like bending down and check it manually anymore... :lol: :lol: No really I have lost a lot of weight, Some on another site already did this but not exactly the way I did it..Everyone has their own way of doing something..If the oil is 1" above where i cut it, then it's correct...
There's a bolt on the top and I felt no need to mark it because I know where it should be
There's a bolt on the top and I felt no need to mark it because I know where it should be



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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby eklimek » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:20 am

A sight glass. Nice idea. Given location a bit exposed to road debris. Would you be able to wind it around to the side and more protected location?

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:20 am

Anything is possible, maybe I will design a shield to protect the front of it.. :D I'm not going to concern myself with debris [maybe I should]...The chances of it getting damaged is slim.. :D To answer you question it would still need to come out of the front pipe whether you run the hose to the side or not it's still going to be more exposed to debris, .....I call this constructive criticism not idea bashing,,,I thank you for that..once I fix this I will report back....Hey maybe I can find a really pretty chrome pipe for plumbing or something and fit it over the plastic one and just notch the pipe where the oil level goes and about a inch above it and below it..That would look great and serve a great purpose..But I hat the idea of rerouting the hose..That's out sorry..This right here is how idea's get rolling...Constructive criticism...I away's have my ears and eyes wide open..Oh and at least I know that one guy read this or looked at it.. :lol: :lol: I also need to change my oil ...dirty.. :lol: :lol:
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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby eklimek » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:48 am

A functional add on, Beave. Routing to a less vulnerable area or something more durable (perhaps a commercially available oil level indicator) could work. The position behind the front wheel troubles me.

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:55 am

I don't know what else I can say.. :shock: :shock: I am not asking anyone on this site to do this or I'm not promoting anything here, just showing how I made myself a oil site thingy, for me and only for me.. :lol: :lol: But now that you mention the debris, a chrome pipe might look better....I'm sure that if there were another device for checking oil easier it would be here somewhere..I don't see it... Maybe you can show me...

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby eklimek » Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:48 pm

Here's- thought -petcock to turn off sight glass to prevent oil loss from damage? Then maybe no rerouting needed? To check level turn on petcock on.

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby eklimek » Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:49 pm

Dog gone, spell checker has deleted part of word. Seems it took offence to it.

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby SteveB123 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:18 pm

Wouldn't installing a petcaulk get in the way of the lazy? :lol:
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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:22 pm

You guy's need to show me how... :lol:

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby eklimek » Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:56 pm

Mini Ball Valves Petcocks/Guage Cocks something like these

http://www.qwikvalve.com/fumoto-f316l-v ... 16186.html
http://www.qwikvalve.com/fumoto-f106s-valve.html

Would replace oil plug before the sight glass - might be more robust and less prone to oil leakage. I love the idea, just wonder if the position is a tad exposed and this might make it less prone to an oil leak.

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:36 pm

well I have protected the plastic pipe and here's a photo..Call it mickey mouse if you want but it's protected now..ha ha oil leaks what oil leaks man....after you start your motorcycles engine the oil is all sucked into the engine taking it out of the tube,,after the engine is stopped or turned off the tube will gradually fill to the correct level, it is highly doubtful to develop a leak anywhere..it's casing is about a 1" of oil in a small tube and that's it,,,the rest is steel tube...And that plastic tube fits the steel one very very tightly and down about 1-1/2" deep on the steel pipe... :D
I got some duct tape inside the bottom pipe so when I slipped the chrome pipe down it would fit it very tight so here's what I was thinking, I could just turn the window notchout in toward the engine when going on a long road trip and turn it back if I need to check it or just leave it where its at now.. :lol: :lol:
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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby eklimek » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:44 pm

Very very very very good.(needed more characters to post)

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:53 pm

Simple to achieve, I'm just lazy in all..... :lol:[list=][/list] So how did I get the level mark accurate? Glad you asked :lol: :lol: I took out the dip stick placed the bolt down where it would sit if it were screwed in, marked the level mark on the stick, transferred it to the pipe then measured down 1" from there and cut the pipe..I know that the level mark is one inch from that cut, now it's the center of my new window.. :lol: :lol: Time to have a frosty one Todd... :lol: :lol: :shock: Dia beat tease :shock: :shock: Now don't you guy's go try this.... :lol: It's my thingamabobber

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:26 am

Thats a great idea Beave, I really dont think you need to worry about road debris doing any damage to the sight "glass" it is after all flexible plastic tube right? If you hit something big enough to do damage to that tube you are going to hear and feel the impact and stop the bike to see what you just hit. If it were actually glass I would be worried. 8-)
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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:42 am

This just seems better to me for some reason...Here's a short video of me turning it in toward the engine....Pretty neat design..


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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby themainviking » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:21 am

littlebeaver wrote:well I have protected the plastic pipe and here's a photo..Call it mickey mouse if you want but it's protected now..


Wow, that is using some ingenuity, I'll tell ya. Mickey Mouse??? Hell no. Just not OVER ENGINEERED like most stuff out there. It even looks pretty good. All the over engineered stuff falls apart, because it has to keep us all from hurting ourselves on it. I like what you did beav.
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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby WA9FWT » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:56 am

littlebeaver wrote:This just seems better to me for some reason...Here's a short video of me turning it in toward the engine....Pretty neat design..



Been reading all along on this post.Still not sure if I will go this route or not,but I'm tired of getting on my knees
too look in the site glass to check the oil level.The other day I could not even see any level, so I drained some to start over to see it fill up as I added oil.I measured the amount I drained,and discovered that I had way too much oil in the engine. At times over the summer I have been adding a little, thinking that it needed to keep full.
I guess I was wrong :lol: Well, better over full then empty I guess.Getting on my knees is no problem at my age, but the eye site is what bothers me :lol:

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:03 pm

Now I gotta figure out what I'm going to do with the other 19' 6" of tubing I had left over :shock: ,,,Maybe I will make a water level with it... :lol: :lol:

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby WA9FWT » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:19 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Now I gotta figure out what I'm going to do with the other 19' 6" of tubing I had left over :shock: ,,,Maybe I will make a water level with it... :lol: :lol:


You could use it to go next door and Syphon gas out of there tank :lol: :lol: But I guess we are not kids any more !!
I just made one 67 mile trip along our lake Shore and I got 38.34 MPG. Thats the best I think I ever got with the wheel kit on.Must be the 100 degree heat we are having ?

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:59 pm

Man Phil you're a heck of alot tougher than I thought, earlier morning rides would be better on your body man, or in the evenings, I'm not trying to tell my friend what he should do but in this heat man.....Take it easy.. I know you are not a spring rooster..I cannot even tell you guy's how much I enjoy posting stuff here and how much I look forward to your reactions to stuff I do...It's crazy fun man...I guess I am kind of a thinker...Even if it is halfass.. :lol: :lol: It always seems to work perfectly..this site has kept me out of trouble...I have something to look forward to, we have some really really smart guy's here, on electrical stuff and many other things too, some of you guy's are masters at it and I look up to you , whether you ride a 1800 or a 1100 matters not, I enjoy all these bikes and reading about them,, Oh and especially I like the sound my 81 makes when I throttle it after 70 mph it just kinda goes wwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh sounds so cool... I guess i waste alot of gas goosing it all the time.. :lol: :lol: Glad your gas mileage is good Phil..

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby washandy98664 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:32 pm

Ta hell with them all!!!!!
It looks great and better yet it works!!!!

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby Greg_C » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:25 pm

Great idea Littlebeaver !! I like it.

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby tunaboy » Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:02 am

Any chance I could buy the right fitting for the motor and a section of metal tube and make the metal part myself? Does the metal tube that enters the motor have a flange on the end or a compression fitting?

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Re: My new Oil Checker Thingy ma bob No more dip stick neces

Postby tunaboy » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:16 am

When I look at my front fender and at the 4" long mud flap under that I doubt that I could damage the metal tube or the plastic tube. In a frontal crash all bets are off but at that point the there are bigger things to worry about. Any ideas how to hook up a plastic tube to the front drain plug?

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Postby themainviking » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:41 am

tunaboy wrote:Any ideas how to hook up a plastic tube to the front drain plug?


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