Posts tagged Oil
Oil site tubes are a popular modification that allow you to see at a quick glance what the oil level is. It involves drilling a couple holes in the oil tank and connecting them with a small tube.
The kits are provided by Animal House, Barnums Pro, and Baja Designs. I think XR’s Only has them as well.
Or you can make your own. The fitting part number is SS-400-202 from Swagelok for stainless or B-400-2-2 for brass.
Quarter inch hose can be had from nearly any supplier. McMaster Carr, Grainer, even an auto parts store. You’ll also need the drill bit, a tap, and some teflon tape.
Empty your oil, drill a pilot hole, a slightly undersized hole and tap in small increments (to see where your fitting stops rotating) . Presurize the frame resevoir with a compressor or by having a friend blow on a hose duct taped to the oil fill port (this way most chips will fall outwards).
Lean the bike to the right and pour a little oil. It will drive some chips that stayed on the inside of the reservoir down towards the opening at the bottom.
A couple manufacturers make a magnetized oil sump plug for the XR650R. The factory plug is not magnetized, however many competing bikes (such as the KTM) come stock with a magnetized plug. The magnetization picks up any small metallic debris from your bikes oil – and can be used as a great indicator of troubling times to come. Seeing a nice clean magnetized plug when you change your oils is always a delightful site. I’ve never heard of anyone who bought a magnetized plug who didn’t like it and wouldn’t recommend it.
I love seeing these types of diagrams. This is most likely photo copied out of the Honda factory service manual, but I’m not sure the exact source.