Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100


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Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby jayb » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:48 am



My gl1100 is leaking from the rubber around sight glass cleaning screw. Is there a fix? Thanks Jay Breshears



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Re: Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:57 pm

Mine leaked there, I sealed it with JB Weld.. :shock: :shock: I got a dip stick to check oil..Then I modified that .. :shock:

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Re: Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:52 pm

There's really no simple way of fixing that. Like LB said, clean it up, degrease it, then seal it up with something that will never fail - JB Weld is pretty reliable. Then get a dip stick.

Actually, get the dip stick FIRST, because they don't come calibrated - they expect you to calibrate it yourself, marking the dipstick based on the markings on your sight glass. If you block up the sight glass first, you'll be out of luck, with no way to calibrate the dipstick!

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Re: Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:37 am

Not true.. change your oil, bike on flat level surface..put dip stick in..pull out..note oil level..mark it..or change oil..but put in all but one quart(or 1/2) put stick in pull out out mark it..then fill to spec..stick back in mark again now you have full mark and down 1qt or 1/2qt.
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Re: Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:12 am

RBGERSON wrote:Not true.. change your oil, bike on flat level surface..put dip stick in..pull out..note oil level..mark it..or change oil..but put in all but one quart(or 1/2) put stick in pull out out mark it..then fill to spec..stick back in mark again now you have full mark and down 1qt or 1/2qt.


But if you've already blocked your sight glass, how will you know if your bike is filled correctly when you first change your oil? :)

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Re: Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:32 am

WingAdmin wrote:
RBGERSON wrote:Not true.. change your oil, bike on flat level surface..put dip stick in..pull out..note oil level..mark it..or change oil..but put in all but one quart(or 1/2) put stick in pull out out mark it..then fill to spec..stick back in mark again now you have full mark and down 1qt or 1/2qt.


But if you've already blocked your sight glass, how will you know if your bike is filled correctly when you first change your oil? :)


The presumption here is that once one does an oil change thaat the level would be at the correct level as the manual will indicate the proper fill quantity...I am not sure I prescribe to this notion as the engine can hold slightly more or less oil depending on draining technique, oil temps, filter choice and change,and other variables. But it may be close enough ...?
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Re: Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:10 am

Wingsconsin wrote:The presumption here is that once one does an oil change thaat the level would be at the correct level as the manual will indicate the proper fill quantity...I am not sure I prescribe to this notion as the engine can hold slightly more or less oil depending on draining technique, oil temps, filter choice and change,and other variables. But it may be close enough ...?


For sure the oil capacity changes quite a bit depending on filter capacity, and most of all, temperature. And when you're dealing with a smaller oil sump like on a bike, a small amount of oil can make a big change. On my truck where it takes 7 liters of oil, it matters less.

I always go by the dipstick, not by the bottle capacity.

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Re: Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:49 pm

Well fella's I never even gave this much thought because I assumed the engineers that designed the dip stick for this particular model knew what the heck they were doing so I also always just went by the marks that are on the stick, thus making my own oil check tube so I don't need a stick anymore I just look at the level, I just measured where the markings used to be to establish a mark on the tube which is about 1" above where I cut it off
pretty easy oil check now..
pretty easy oil check now..
If you know how to use a water level you could make one [water in a clear plastic tube] then you could place the bike on the centerstand place one side of the tube to the marks on the engine case at the sight cap then transfer it to the dip stick to check the level mark, might be able to just use a 2' level, just transfer the level mark to the outer right cam cover then level over to the dipstick.. Either way will be good..

I like this young guy, you just need the tube and some water and a magic marker make two level marks at the water level when held next to each other, leave a few inches above each mark then plug the ends ...simple..

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Re: Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:34 pm

One other way is to just measure up to the marks on the engine with a tape measurer and then measure the same reading to the dip stick off the floor, most floors are level enough in two or three feet distance, if not just lay the level on the floor, level it up all proper and then measure down to the top of the level... :D yeah do that on both area's... :lol:

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Re: Leak at the sight glass 1981 gl1100

Postby WINGER3 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:53 am

When I had my 85 Asp. it has a dip stick, just asking, has anyone checked to see if the 1200 dip stick would work in the 1100, the screw off cap looks to be the same. When I first got my 1100 I unscrewed the cap to check the oil, to my surprise the dip stick was missing, glad I had the owners manual or I would still be looking for the lost dip stick. :mrgreen:


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