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post #1 of 11 Old Jan 3rd, 2016, 11:25 pm Thread Starter
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Oil level window

The oil level window on my lt has gone opaque. Any cool ideas on how to check the oil level?
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post #2 of 11 Old Jan 4th, 2016, 6:14 pm
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Re: Oil level window

Easy to replace the site gauge. It is a $36 part. But other than that - No. One thing you might try is to park it on the center stand with the engine still running after a ride. Then shut it down and shine a light on the gauge. It is normally empty when the engine is running and will fill after shut down. Might see a shift in darkness.

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Re: Oil level window

You might try a little plastic polish on the outside of the window. I bought mine 2 months ago and was not real happy with the site gauge until I polished the outside of it real well.

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You may also try polishing with 2000 and 3000 grit wet/dry polishing paper and then put the plastic polish on, worked very well on my 2002, looks like new 3 years later.

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A little Brasso and elbow grease works well to polish it. You can find Brasso at your local grocery store in the cleaning aisle, and elbow grease, well, if we need to tell you...
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A little Brasso and elbow grease works well to polish it. You can find Brasso at your local grocery store in the cleaning aisle, and elbow grease, well, if we need to tell you...
ha ha, nice, how much of each do you use in the mixture for the correct polishing results?
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Re: Oil level window

I believe someone went in through the oil pan and wiped the inside of theirs clean where it had gone black from the oil they were using. Most of them have the white color though from oxidation I suppose.


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A little Brasso and elbow grease works well to polish it. You can find Brasso at your local grocery store in the cleaning aisle, and elbow grease, well, if we need to tell you...
ha ha, nice, how much of each do you use in the mixture for the correct polishing results?
The ratio of Brasso to elbow grease is largely dependent upon what brand, viscosity, and type (dino or synthetic) you use.

Another factor to consider when calculating the ratio, although not nearly as important as oil specs, is whether you are running with the factory muffler bearing fluid or have changed it out with an aftermarket fluid.



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Dang, I was thinking I was missing something in my service routine.
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Re: Oil level window

Mine was black on the inside. I had to replace it (twice, don't ask). If it occurs again I will drop the filter cover and remove the filter and spray the back side of the glass through the shield with the holes in it with brake cleaner using a long tube. The old sight glasses were plastic. The new ones are glass and somewhat fragile.

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I believe someone went in through the oil pan and wiped the inside of theirs clean where it had gone black from the oil they were using. Most of them have the white color though from oxidation I suppose.
Hey Dean, maybe you 're referring to me or not. Anyway, having the same visibility problem on an oil and filter change on my naked K100 I saw that I had some access there. The inner mirror-like plate has small holes around. I used cotton buds through these holes and cleaned the black dirt film on the glass inner surface. After that I could see my oil level again.
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