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Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:17 pm



Hey all,
I had the shifter seal on my bike fail, leaking oil all over my drive when ever I parked ( fun stuff ) and one time, while this was happening, before I got it repaired, I was checking my oil level and found it t be 2 Qts low ! My oil pressure warning light never came on and that concerns me, being that low with no heads up.
So my question is, has anyone ever mounted a real oil pressure gauge, not just the "hey dumby" light we have from the factory ? I don't care if it is a wired (electronic) or capulary tube style gauge, I just want a real gauge. If anyone has done this, where did you hook in to the block at?


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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:22 pm

John, look at this thread from another forum.
I just bought one of the Firecreek housings and found the thread while doing research.
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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby Happytrails » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:16 pm

Have seen some install an oil pressure gauge. Makes sense if your working on that kind of project.
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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby bstig60 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:13 pm

I have one the Firecreek blanks that I added. I have a volt meter and USB charging port for my GPS. I have thoughts of adding an outside temp gauge if I can find one small enough. However, an oil pressure gauge is a good thought. I will be interested in seeing what you can add. Please post pics.
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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:06 pm

For me, this is just a "Is it possable" question. I would like to do it, but now that I have seen the firecreek bridge, it will wait until I can afford to add that to the cost, but now I do know it can be done
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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:35 pm

bstig60 wrote:I have one the Firecreek blanks that I added. I have a volt meter and USB charging port for my GPS. I have thoughts of adding an outside temp gauge if I can find one small enough. However, an oil pressure gauge is a good thought. I will be interested in seeing what you can add. Please post pics.

It sounds like you have the same setup that I'm going to do. I looked around for one as well. I found this one on eBay. It's from China, but definitely small enough and cheap enough.
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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby bstig60 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:49 pm

Here's the bridge blank I have. http://www.ebay.com/itm/331579884009?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT The bridge is a perfect replacement for the stock one. This guy was selling a bunch of them for a while. He kept jacking the price up until people stopped buying them.
I have a temp gauge similar to that one on another bike. I have been holding out for a 1 1/4" round one to match my volt gauge, but nothing has shown up yet. Everything seems to be 2".
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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:38 pm

I currently have one of the small rectangular voltmeters, but want to go with this one (2" round).
It's on eBay for $18

Dakota Digital has the market on round air temp gauges, but they are mostly 2".
You can get the one with only the temp, but it's still $100, or you could get the one with temp and compass (I really like this one), but it will set you back $265.
They do carry a rectangular one that comes with a chrome bezel, but it's 2 3/4 x 1 5/8 and $100 as well.
I just can't see spending that kind of money on a gauge.

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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:29 pm

And another "Has anyone ever" question.

When I start it up for the first time in the morning, through the handlebars I can feel a little vibration that seems to be coming from the front of the engine.
After a minute or so its gone.
Only time it does it is on the first start in the morning. Is this a common thing with a '94 SE with 130,000 to 140,000 miles on it?
Has anyone else experienced this?
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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby millerized » Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:47 pm

http://www.ebay.com/itm/88-00-Goldwing- ... 1514473454
Not mine, but someone might like to own it.

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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby FM-USA » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:31 am

OldZX11Rider wrote:And another "Has anyone ever" question.

When I start it up for the first time in the morning, through the handlebars I can feel a little vibration that seems to be coming from the front of the engine.
After a minute or so its gone.
Only time it does it is on the first start in the morning. Is this a common thing with a '94 SE with 130,000 to 140,000 miles on it?
Has anyone else experienced this?

YES.
Nearing 190K on mine.
I've tried starting it in the morning on the center stand, seems there's less vibs. My guess it's oil on the cylinders left bank.
Also might be cylinder compression's are off a bit. Have not tested mine tho... just another guess.

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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:23 pm

Thanks for the reply FM-USA. I can't say I've noticed any difference if it was parked on the side or center stand. But it's been a while since I've had it running now too.
After I get the fluids changed out, new brakes on it, new tires, etc etc. I'll have to see if it makes a difference.
(If I can remember after doing everything else.) :D
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Re: Another "Has anyone ever" question

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:01 am

Uncle Fester wrote:Hey all,
I had the shifter seal on my bike fail, leaking oil all over my drive when ever I parked ( fun stuff ) and one time, while this was happening, before I got it repaired, I was checking my oil level and found it t be 2 Qts low ! My oil pressure warning light never came on and that concerns me, being that low with no heads up.
So my question is, has anyone ever mounted a real oil pressure gauge, not just the "hey dumby" light we have from the factory ? I don't care if it is a wired (electronic) or capulary tube style gauge, I just want a real gauge. If anyone has done this, where did you hook in to the block at?


I'm not an oil pressure guru, but my understanding of oil pressure is such. The measurement is of the pressure difference between the oil pump, and all the passageways that the oil has to pass through on its way back to the sump. As such, until the sump is low enough that the pump no longer has a reservoir of oil to pick up, I'm not sure a gauge would tell you anything more about the "quantity" of oil you have in the bike, than a "dummy" light. They will both read a catastrophic loss of oil, when there is no longer enough for the oil pump to draw from. Essentially, 0psi, or something much lower than adequate. The necessity to keep you oil sump properly filled is for the purpose of having more oil quantity to run the engine on. More quantity to collect combustion debris, and possibly more oil to offer better cooling of the oil supply.

I could tell you how I learned all this, and came to these conclusions, but it's a long, ugly story, and not needed. Anyway, the reason for my response is to possibly correct the notion that a pressure gauge will alert you to a possible low oil condition. It won't. It will tell you about the same as the dummy light when lit. You're tragically low on oil. A pressure gauge will alert you to possible engine problems regarding the condition of bearings, seals, crankshaft, and the pump itself. But, you'd probably hear or notice such things without the aid of a pressure gauge, anyway.

It's interesting that you were 2 quarts low, and the pump, apparently still was submerged in oil. I would have thought that would be a problem, since the whole thing only holds about 4 qts. I'm pretty sure that if your oil dummy light, lights when the ignition turns on, and extinguishes after starting, your pressure switch is working. As the switch is what turns off the light when it senses adequate oil pressure, after startup.




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