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    Front Fork Drain Plugs

    I was very surprised and disappointed to discover that my new TW does not have drain plugs for the front forks. I have been changing fork oil since I had my 1968 CL 175 Honda! it was rumored back then that the Japanese used fish oil in the forks and replacing it with transmission fluid helped handling. I don't know but that oil sure did stink!

    Has anyone drilled and tapped their own drain plugs for the forks?
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    Does Yamaha proudly call this Anti-Progress or Reverse Evolution? Part of the "Tit for Tat" program?...you want a disc brake, gonna cost you a kickstarter. "Hey, since we gave you a CV carb so no more fork drain screws". What did you expect for a fourteen dollar a pound motorcycle?
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    I've never heard of anyone here on the forum taping a hole for the drain plug hole. The good news is you can still change your fork oil as you've done in the past. Bad news is your gonna have to remove the fork tubes to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    I've never heard of anyone here on the forum taping a hole for the drain plug hole.
    I'm surprised - compared to some of the stuff you guys do it seems like a pretty simple mod. I only have 32 miles on mine(damn Pa weather) so I won't be changing too much on my bike at least until the factory warranty is up.
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    I seem to remember Lizrdbrth discussing this. I also thought that for a year or so after Yamaha removed the drains (2001), the lower fork legs still had the nubs on the castings which would make tapping drain holes easier. They were probably just using up their old inventory. I know that by 2005, the nubs were gone.

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    Maybe drill and tap an insert with red loctite and then the bolt threads into the insert so that you've got more thread on your drain bolt.

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    "Anti-Progress or Reverse Evolution"

    Has anyone bought a new small engine (lawnmower snowblower etc.") without a oil drain plug? Honda says to turn the engine upside down or on its side lol Briggs & Stratton tell you to just add oil and don't bother changing it. WTF? All things old are gold.
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    I've had some old engines it was impossible to get to the oil plugs. Flip them, drain them and fill them. They should be manufactured in there is no debate there. Maybe a new job opportunity tapping and installing usable maintenance items on newer engines.
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    My 2015 Mini Cooper doesn't have a dipstick for checking oil! I am supposed to trust the computer! At least I don't have to turn it over to drain the oil - so far It makes me wonder if it is worth keeping a vehicle anymore after the warranty runs out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterb View Post
    "Anti-Progress or Reverse Evolution"

    Has anyone bought a new small engine (lawnmower snowblower etc.") without a oil drain plug? Honda says to turn the engine upside down or on its side lol Briggs & Stratton tell you to just add oil and don't bother changing it. WTF? All things old are gold.
    I've worked on a couple of push mowers that had the "don't change it, just add" engines. I found that to be a little backwards, to say the least. I tore apart a push mower engine this last summer for aluminum scrap. The cam lobes and gear were molded plastic on a steel shaft! Everything is getting to be "throw away"!
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