A really cheap & easy GL1000 dipstick

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Post #16 by redclover53511 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:37 am

last week i was riding my GL1000 1979 and looked in my mirror and saw nothing but white smoke so i pulled off and then seen that there was oil all over the place and it was coming from the top down like around the air box had a buddy show up and we were looking and found that one of the blow bye were not attached to the air box. could that be from to much oil or somthing bad. thanks :(
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You may wish to start with the introduction part of the forum and introduce yourself, then start a new thread to ask your question...
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Post #18 by Roady » Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:45 am

Yeah, what Bobby said.

But, may I thank you for bringing this thread to my attention. I do believe that it should be in ShopTalk.

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Re: A really cheap & easy GL1000 dipstick

Post #21 by Donovan » Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:27 am

I like to use a dipstick and it is a lot easier than using the site glass. I just got a 79 GL1000 LTD and will try it on the bike. I also have two Yamaha Virgos that also have site glasses and it would be a lot easier if I could manufacturer a dip stick for them also. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Post #22 by Whiskerfish » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:09 pm

No such thing as a 79 LTD there Pard. The only LTD for the 1000 is the 76.
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Post #23 by trikeman » Wed May 04, 2011 9:25 pm

How do you open the oil filter without draining some of the oil?
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Post #24 by Sidecar Bob » Wed May 11, 2011 6:51 pm

To check the oil I simply park in my usual place, open the oil filler, insert the dipstick, pull it out, and read it.

That's filler, not filter. You insert the dipstick through the opening you add oil through.

BTW: I set the dipstick up to measure the level with the bike on the sidestand, which was ideal for a solo bike, but when I added the sidecar that was no longer possible. I have not-so-fond memories of checking the oil on my first 'Wing sidecar outfit many years ago by putting my chest on the seat and hanging my head between the sidecar & bike with a trouble light, a little brush and a screwdriver, trying to read the level before the blood rushed to my head. I knew for sure that I did not want to have do that again so I broke down and bought a dipstick kit.

If you decide to get a dipstick kit, try to get a Drag Specialties one (I found mine on eBay) as shown here. All of the other ones I have seen go into the drain plug and you have to disassemble them to drain the oil. The Drag Specialties kit has it's own drain screw so you can change the oil without disturbing any of the fittings.
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Post #25 by heraldhamster » Wed May 11, 2011 7:36 pm

I guess I just like crawling around on the ground... I sold or gave away both of the dipsticks I've had to remove.

besides, once I get all the leaks fixed & fill it to the proper level (when changing the oil) by measuring the volume I put in, I don't worry about it. I do watch my ID10T light though... but I glance at all the gauges fairly often. I have a little mantra I recite; charging - good, oil light off - good, fuel level - okay, then look around to dodge the idiots - mmm, fairly well...
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Post #26 by Old Fogey » Wed May 11, 2011 8:04 pm

heraldhamster wrote: I do watch my ID10T light though...


Or as my Old Man calls them, the "Whooops..TOOOOO LATE !" lights :lol:
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Post #27 by head » Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:06 pm

Sidecar Bob wrote:
To check the oil I simply park in my usual place, open the oil filler, insert the dipstick, pull it out, and read it.

That's filler, not filter. You insert the dipstick through the opening you add oil through.


If you decide to get a dipstick kit, try to get a Drag Specialties one (I found mine on eBay) as shown here. All of the other ones I have seen go into the drain plug and you have to disassemble them to drain the oil. The Drag Specialties kit has it's own drain screw so you can change the oil without disturbing any of the fittings.

I just received one yesterday that I bought on E bay, (drag specialties,Has drain hole) But I may have too fiddle with it some as I change always change the Filter with an Oil change as it seems to be a little cramped for space. That is to say just to make it easier to get the Filter housing off and on.
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Post #28 by CYBORG » Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:23 pm

I recently designed, and built a dip stick for the 1000/1100 engines that make checking the oil level a breeze. My motivation was the side car on the 1000. This involves a dip stick that is mounted near the bottom of the frame down tube on the right side, between the frame and the radiator ear. Almost invisible, but all in chrome, and does not interfere with changing oil. Been thinking about it for a while, and by the end of the month they should be for sale on wingovations. I have installed one on Cyborg as well, and it really is nice to be able to stand up and check the oil level, even on the side stand. If anyone is interested in one let me know. the initial manufacturing quantities will be fairly low
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Post #29 by head » Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:53 pm

CYBORG wrote:I recently designed, and built a dip stick for the 1000/1100 engines that make checking the oil level a breeze. My motivation was the side car on the 1000. This involves a dip stick that is mounted near the bottom of the frame down tube on the right side, between the frame and the radiator ear. Almost invisible, but all in chrome, and does not interfere with changing oil. Been thinking about it for a while, and by the end of the month they should be for sale on wingovations. I have installed one on Cyborg as well, and it really is nice to be able to stand up and check the oil level, even on the side stand. If anyone is interested in one let me know. the initial manufacturing quantities will be fairly low

ANY PICS? I might be interested! Cost?
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Re: A really cheap & easy GL1000 dipstick

Post #30 by NCScooter » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:35 pm

I too might be interested if the $ is right. Pics would be good as well. Thanks.

Sidecar Bob-- Do you measure the oil w/ the bike on the side or center stand? I'm thinking it shouldn't matter as long as I'm consistent. And the oil would be easier to reach on the center stand, no? I might use a perpendicular bend in the wire rather than a loop to stop the wire from going in too far once everything is copacetic, boss.

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