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Old 08-24-2012, 01:03 PM   #31
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Putting oil temp and pressure gages on an airhead or an old VW bus is going to get you nothing but ass cramps and ruin your ride, there some things best not known.
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Had a oil temp gage on my R80g/s, it ran hot (+ 250 at speed) took the gage off, it doesn't run hot anymore
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:30 PM   #32
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I agree with robtg. Too much info. Plus it seems that most are determined to read oil temp as if it were water temp. 250 is not hot. It's right were it should be! Most shoot for 220 to 260F. 250 is on the warm side of perfect. If you insist on turning good news to bad, there is really no good reason to go there to start with IMO.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:09 PM   #33
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I agree with robtg. Too much info. Plus it seems that most are determined to read oil temp as if it were water temp. 250 is not hot. It's right were it should be! Most shoot for 220 to 260F. 250 is on the warm side of perfect. If you insist on turning good news to bad, there is really no good reason to go there to start with IMO.
Years ago I installed the BMW oil cooler on my R90S. A BMW mechanic friend said, "Why didja do that? These bikes run COOL, don't need no stinkin' oil cooler." A few months later, I dis-installed the cooler.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:44 PM   #34
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never cared about oil temp, took oil coolers off every airhead that had one on. over half a million miles,300k on my r80g/s alone, never had one blow up yet.
just smile and ride the dang thing!
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:00 AM   #35
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+1

Had a oil temp gage on my R80g/s, it ran hot (+ 250 at speed) took the gage off, it doesn't run hot anymore
Same on my old 90 R100GS. The guys that beated the crap out of them bikes all over the world in very hot temps without much heat related engine problems......they don't seem to be here.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:03 PM   #36
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Funny, I don't worry about my oil temp but I DO have a oil cooler on my bike WITH a thermostat. At my dad's dealership a lot of customers started putting coolers on their bikes in the mid seventies. A lot of their oil started getting nasty for not running hot enough. I probably would not have that problem without a thermostat for how I ride but . . . . My thermo does stay closed more than I thought it would.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:00 PM   #37
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Same on my old 90 R100GS. The guys that beated the crap out of them bikes all over the world in very hot temps without much heat related engine problems......they don't seem to be here.
I'm curious. Why do you think they should they be here?

As near as I can tell, the OP wasn't asking whether he should fit an oil temp gauge; he was asking others with oil temp gauges in fairly plain English for an indication of what operating temps to expect.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:01 PM   #38
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Ha! I had the dip stick temp gauge. My old timer airhead pal said "Git rid that thang, it'll just drive you crazy."

Amen....all mine does is make me nervous....ignorance is bliss....
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:03 PM   #39
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Amen....all mine does is make me nervous....ignorance is bliss....
So why even bother with a rear view mirror...same logic????
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:42 PM   #40
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I finally took the tank off to chase down a problem with intermittent horns, and the bike is pretty damn clean under there!

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Old 10-21-2012, 01:59 PM   #41
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oil temp

I am installing a new Acewell speedo, comes with an oil temp sensor:


It is going into the oil filter cover:


It's M10x1.0 threads:




A crush washer and a dab of silicone:
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:12 PM   #42
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Putting it back together, new silicone gasket, new stainless socket head bolts:




Just checking the $2000 gasket:




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