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After my recent no oil flow blow up newly purchased xr issue, is there a way to get a clear plastic or acrylic oil feed line to the head?

Has anyone thought of this? I know glass would be the best as the oil would not affect it, much like a sight glass only for the flowing oil?

Any ideas? Hell im all for a clear valve cover if they made it :lol:

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I would be very suspect of anything but a steel line feeding oil to the head. Stuff happens off-road and sometimes parts of mother nature gets wedged into places where it does not belong. A busted oil line means a long walk home...

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This might spur some ideas. Look down the page for the steel slim line flow sights. They say rated to 250* but other than the buna-n o-rings I can't see what else would fail. Worst case you could take it apart and replace them with viton and have maybe $20 in a clear sight glass. Clay

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I would be very suspect of anything but a steel line feeding oil to the head. Stuff happens off-road and sometimes parts of mother nature gets wedged into places where it does not belong. A busted oil line means a long walk home...

I have to agree with Thump on this. And although the sight glass would work if you can fab it in there, that's a lot of cash. I would say ensure it is primed by pressurizing the frame with some air, crack the bolt at the head a little and then crank the bike over. Once it is primed it is good to go.

Of course, I am a cheap SOB.:lol:

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I always thought , it would be nice to be able to put an oil pressure gauge some where, like a car to see if bearings are too sloppy & thus lower pressure. I think that top end feed is just a flow & no pressure. The sight glass would be the better choice here, but doubt the tube drains down after shutting off. So you would always just see a dirty oil glass. Once its primed I dont think its an issue, unless there is a check valve that lets oil drain back down when sitting & then cold starts have a few seconds delay of lubing the top end, thus over time slowly speeds wearing, from dry starts. Cyclewizard & other experts hear, probably has good knowledge of workings.

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Sorry I should add that my bike is a supermoto so it will see alot of high rpm street use. It would be nice to look down to check for flow at hot idle and know 100% oil is moving. I will have almost 2000$ in this engine when done so it is huge insurance. I will also be adding a oil cooler. It would just be nice everytime i take the bike for a ride to look down and know there is good oil flow.

About durability of the piece, it being brass with two 1/4" glass windows, and being tucked tight against the engine inboard of the side cover, I think it will be fine.

I think the tube could drain down all that the rotary spinny glass seems to be is an offset paddle wheel and a bearing. They also say they can flow either direction.

Im worried about some restriction blocking the oil flow with the wheel?

Keep the ideas coming.

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I put an oil prusure sending unit on my 650L with a light works great!!

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I put an oil prusure sending unit on my 650L with a light works great!!

This is what I would like. Where did you tap in for the sensor?

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at the head see pick oil pressure sending unit Hobbs napa # 701-1591

It's allmost o psi when the engine is hot,so you must use an adjustable switch the 4 th switch I tryed is a hobbs napa # 701-1591 4 psi normally open / normally closed ,wired power to common N /C to light on dash it will flicker at idle after a bit give it some gas and it will go out ,but that lets you know it has pressure witch is all I want to know.

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You need to convince Vanpelt to make you one of his oil flow sensors. There is a thread in here about it... good stuff.

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winginit -I cant see your facebook link you posted.

I think after i get the bike closer to being put back together, I will buy a extra oil feed line for the head and order the smallest rotary wheel indicator and get it put together. Sounds easy enough :lol:

I would love to be able to verify flow and oil condition by looking down at ANY time.

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winginit -I cant see your facebook link you posted.

I think after i get the bike closer to being put back together, I will buy a extra oil feed line for the head and order the smallest rotary wheel indicator and get it put together. Sounds easy enough :lol:

I would love to be able to verify flow and oil condition by looking down at ANY time.

Hummm ? cant see the link? it works when I click on it,I guess it only works if you have a face book page,But I dont know for sure.

I dont know how much the flow meter would cost, it sounds cool,but not cheap.

This sending unit was 45.00 that I am useing and I am very happy with it. I know every time I start my bike that it is getting oil to the top. And I dident restrict the oil flow in any way. It has done that,and given me a little pice of mind.

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Still thinking about how to implement the flow meter without restricting the flow....not sure how yet..

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No one has put a pressure switch at the lower banjo- the pressure is probably just a skosh higher there, and the sensor might be less finicky.

Dave

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