dipstick for gl 1100


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dipstick for gl 1100

Postby stonyjohn » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:15 pm



i have a 1981 gl 1100 I and recently purchased a dipstick off ebay. does anyone out there know where it would hook up to motor. i don't want it to vibrate and break so i loose all my oil. any help would be gratfully appreciated



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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:32 pm

If it's the same one I have, there is a bracket that bolts to the bottom of the radiator, in front of the grille, and holds the top of the dipstick tube. The bottom of the tube screws into the front engine cover in place of the oil drain bolt:

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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby robertdawber » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:53 pm

WingAdmin wrote:If it's the same one I have, there is a bracket that bolts to the bottom of the radiator, in front of the grille, and holds the top of the dipstick tube. The bottom of the tube screws into the front engine cover in place of the oil drain bolt:

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Mine is a bit different-
I don't have a photo, however, it goes into the top of an extended drain plug that also has a piggyback plug on it.
The stick sits into a tube that screws into th op of this whole thing.

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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby Bagmaster » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:12 am

robertdawber wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:If it's the same one I have, there is a bracket that bolts to the bottom of the radiator, in front of the grille, and holds the top of the dipstick tube. The bottom of the tube screws into the front engine cover in place of the oil drain bolt:

Image

Mine is a bit different-
I don't have a photo, however, it goes into the top of an extended drain plug that also has a piggyback plug on it.
The stick sits into a tube that screws into th op of this whole thing.


I've seen a couple like that. They have a separate drain plug built into them so you don't have to un-thread them for an oil change like you do with the one in the picture, which is the one I have.

Yours will angle up to the left side of the engine just in front of the left head.

The next time I see one on someone's bike I'll get some pics of it and how it's mounted.

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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby robertdawber » Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:17 am

Bagmaster wrote:
robertdawber wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:If it's the same one I have, there is a bracket that bolts to the bottom of the radiator, in front of the grille, and holds the top of the dipstick tube. The bottom of the tube screws into the front engine cover in place of the oil drain bolt:

Image

Mine is a bit different-
I don't have a photo, however, it goes into the top of an extended drain plug that also has a piggyback plug on it.
The stick sits into a tube that screws into th op of this whole thing.


I've seen a couple like that. They have a separate drain plug built into them so you don't have to un-thread them for an oil change like you do with the one in the picture, which is the one I have.

Yours will angle up to the left side of the engine just in front of the left head.

The next time I see one on someone's bike I'll get some pics of it and how it's mounted.

I am doing so much work on my bike right now and using the advice here I really should get a camera out in the garage. In fact I think I will.
You are correct-it travels over to the left side. It is nice to have the piggyback lug-but it can strip if not careful.

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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby wingman83 » Thu May 08, 2014 7:47 am

does any one have a link for a oil dipstick kit for a 1983 aspencade GL1100A ive looked on jcwhitney and didn't see one but heard they sale them so if any one could help thanks

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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby RBGERSON » Thu May 08, 2014 7:57 am

HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby wingman83 » Thu May 08, 2014 12:17 pm

thanks RBGERSON for the link just what I was looking for Im too old and bad back takes for ever to get down to look at oil level window and back up again so really cant wait to order this kit for my GL1100A thanks again safe rides
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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby RBGERSON » Fri May 09, 2014 8:24 am

ME too..the little window thing sucks big time...one of the few mistakes the design team did on the old GL's
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri May 09, 2014 10:14 am

If it has the plug that has a drain plug in the front and looks like the pic:
Take the bikes oil plug out and save somewhere where you can find it in 5 years.
You need a crush washer for the one side that is not nylon.
Put this plug through the dip stick and screw into the hole where you took the old plug out.
The stick goes up through and out at the louvers of the lower fairing.
I have mine off so I can cut the tube side off half way around about 2 inches. then I am going to put a clear tube over the outside of the stick. Placing a clamp at each end of the clear tube. This way I can see the oil level and see the condition of the oil. I will cut the tube about where the oil level sits

Is this the one you are looking for?

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Re: dipstick for gl 1100

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 09, 2014 10:38 am

lilttlebeaver modified the dipstick he installed on his GL1100 with some plastic tubing, to make it a sight glass - you can check the oil level in it without pulling out the dipstick. It looks quite good: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12668




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