Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick


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Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by garywyoung » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:02 am



Howdy. I'm new to a 1982 GL1100 and, thus, new to the plethora of fun discussions about the ridiculous oil level sight glass on these otherwise very fine bikes. My knees are fine, my ability to bend is fine, my vision is fine; it's not like I'm opposed laying on the ground to check my oil (as ridiculous as this seems). In my case, however, (and I'm sure many others have this issue as well) the large chrome triangular decorative piece of filigree that is affixed just below the side panel gets in the way. It has a sight hole that doesn't quite align with the sight glass, so getting a quick peek on the oil level isn't so quick.

Many discussions, going back quite a few years, centered around an aftermarket oil dipstick kit that attached to the front drain plug and sat up in front of the radiator, but try as I might, I can't find any listings on eBay, JC Whitney, or elsewhere. Does anyone have current information about the availability of this (or some other) kit?

Alternatively, does anyone have effective coping mechanisms in case I'm simply stuck with having to use the sight glass?

As always, thanks for all of the wisdom you folks willingly share.



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Re: Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by dingdong » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:42 am

https://ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=52527

Have a look at this. I don't know if these are still available but you could make your own.
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Re: Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:51 am

There were a few manufacturers, but none of them have made any for many years.

A while back our user LittleBeaver made a neat adaptation for his GL1100 which might be easy to do:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12668

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Re: Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by Maz » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:03 pm



I recently got a used one from EBay uk for £20. I fitted it behind the rad on my 1000 and it protrudes on the left side. Works great and looks quite 'factory'.
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Re: Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by stephenricci » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:25 pm

This is the setup on my 83 Naked. I picked it up on eBay for like $20. Very useful.

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Re: Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:30 pm

stephenricci wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:25 pm
This is the setup on my 83 Naked. I picked it up on eBay for like $20. Very useful.

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That's the exact one I had on my 1100.

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Re: Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:29 am

Where it screws into the oil drain, is that just a threaded nipple with a compression fitting? Seems you could shop the necessary parts from hardware stores... Hmmm... I hate the sight glass.
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Re: Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by stephenricci » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:13 am

Oldie, yes that is a threaded nipple with a compression fitting. I believe it uses a 1/4" brass ferrule. I usually have to change the ferrule every other oil change and a little pipe dope help keeps it nice and dry.

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Re: Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:52 pm

Might be a way to add a Tee fitting to that to allow oil drain without disturbing dipstick tube....
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Re: Oldie but Goodie: Aftermarket Oil Dipstick

Post by stephenricci » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:28 pm

I would imagine so. But, when I drain my oil, I actually remove the adapter from the block. I get a much better flow that way. I have, though, drained it by just removing the tube but it takes longer to drain.


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