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    Is there an oil temp dipstick thats usable on the tw's. I had one on my CT70, and i liked it for those times sitting in traffic in the middle of summer. Thought i would get one for this bike as well, but cant seem to find one, IF they even exist....

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    Dipstick type temp gauges won't work on a TW because the clutch assembly is in the way.



    The best way is to tap the oil drain plug for 1/8" pipe threads for the sensor and use an electronic gauge.



    The inexpensive units from GlowShift and others are surprisingly accurate. Certainly accurate enough for monitoring ballpark oil temp. The readout is fairly small and it isn't very hard to find a home for it somewhere on the bars.



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    I was wondering if the clutch would be in the way. I did see the write up of tapping the drain and using a gauge on the bars, and if all else fails will go that route. But i was also thiking about getting an oil cooler. which lead me to thinking of a possible inline oil temp guage between the filter and cooler? Really wouldnt need to check temps while riding, just maybe while stopped in traffic. But again im probably putting the cart befre the horse. Thanks for the help guys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenfyoozed View Post
    ....But i was also thiking about getting an oil cooler...
    Lizrdbrth........since he asked..... Have you put together your oil cooler kit yet?



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    Frankly I've completely dropped the ball due to some rather pressing family issues.



    Will rectify that immediately. Availability will be posted on the oil cooler thread.



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    Quote Originally Posted by lizrdbrth View Post
    Frankly I've completely dropped the ball due to some rather pressing family issues.



    Will rectify that immediately. Availability will be posted on the oil cooler thread.
    No pressure...only curious as to your progress.



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    Options for 'oil-temp' read outs:



    This is simple. Tap drain plug for sensor. I installed a plug in fitting for easy disconnect when draining oil. This works fine for me.







    I started off with the "Glow-shift" digital read-out gauge and really liked seeing an exact number. What I did not like is that for some reason, the electronics on the Glow-shift system created lots of static on my 2 meter ham radio. With this, I installed a VDO gauge that I used on my VW. Worked great... I then moved to a more 'integrated' system which was a Trail-Tech Vector. Gerry



























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    Actually i found out trail tech has a TTO product that reads from the same location you have done. And that they even sell drain plugs pre drilled for the temp prob in many different drain plug sizes. And a small digital read out "box" you could plave up on the instrument panel.

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    MrGizmow, you may be the only person in the world with a 2 meter radio in the trunk of a TW. Nice, btw.
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