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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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....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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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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If you want to keep it off the handlebars how about a cooking thermometer tapped into the drain bolt. IDK just thinking...
 

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Always seems to be the same guy on the CB saying HEEEELLLLLLLLOOOOOOOO over and over again when I'm up in the mountains.

Over the last 20 years. He never answers when you call back....
 

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I had a CB for years before I upgraded to the 2 meter. In my area of the mountains, the CB did not seem very effective. Every I have turned on the 2 meter I always managed to pick-up a strong transmission, but have only twice made the effort (awkward) to transmit and talk with someone. For some reason I seem resistant to spend the time to master my technology. With all my gadgets generally I only get a little beyond turning them on and off.



Here is a cooking thermometer that monitors a location on the lower backside of the cylinder. I drilled a hole in the vertical supports between the cylinder fins. The thermo probe inserts the full length and rests against the cylinder. I then packed that section of cooling fin with some nice insulating material. I as well insulated the backside of the gauge to minimize the effect of the hot exhaust. As this is just to provide a 'bench mark' I generally see the needle at 300 degrees. The hottest it has been is 350. Gerry



 

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MrGizmo you sure have done some customing to your bike. I love the snail decal that is perfect.



I liked your digital gauge for oil temp I thought I'd through the idea of using chicken wire or steel screen to make a faraday cage around it to shield the EMI. Even just a "ferrous ring" around the wire would probably take the EMI way down.



Sorry to OP for going off topic...
 

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Toy Tank, I shielded everything else with copper sheet and a ground strap even the plug and wire, but never thought about the gauge. An old forum member suggested I use my hand held radio without an antenna. When moving the radio about the running bike it picked up the source of static and it was the gauge big time. Glad you like the snail. I formed my own club, (I am the only member). I call myself a

"Trail-Snail". Gerry
 

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You defiantly where on it. FWIK copper is a great conductor of heat and electricity but not magnetic flux. EMI(electro magnetic interference) shielding needs to have good amount of nickel and or iron. I put ferrous ring in my last post but they are actually ferrite rings or beads.



I love that gauge though I think I'll get one I hope it does not interfere with my CB.
 

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TT, PM me your address and I will send the gauge and sending unit off to you as it has not been used since I took it off the bike .. My hope will be, you will show pictures of the install and give 'US' some temp. readings. Gerry
 

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TT, PM me your address and I will send the gauge and sending unit off to you as it has not been used since I took it off the bike .. My hope will be, you will show pictures of the install and give 'US' some temp. readings. Gerry


That is super generous. I would be happy to pay you a fair used price plus shipping costs.
 
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