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Old 02-10-2013, 06:15 PM   #706
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Ok, strange question, I know but here's the reason. I have a '83 ST that came with a HPN Rallye oil pan. Seems to me that this should increase the oil capacity, but it holds 2 1/2 qts. I'm wondering if it has the wrong dipstick in it. I looked at some different sites and have learned that there a different lengths of dipsticks, but have no idea what the length of the ST dipstick should be.

A deeper oil pan with a stock dipstick should end up increasing the amount of oil.

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Wanna swap oil pans? I have a nice used ST pan...

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Old 02-10-2013, 06:52 PM   #707
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A deeper sump with the stock oil volume helps with engine breather issues.

I'm not sure if the ST used the G/S pan, or a standard oil pan.

If it was a G/S (shallow) pan, you might find that if you go back to stock, or increase the oil volume to level outlined on a stock dip stick, that the bike starts to consume oil.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:13 AM   #708
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A deeper sump with the stock oil volume helps with engine breather issues.

I'm not sure if the ST used the G/S pan, or a standard oil pan.

If it was a G/S (shallow) pan, you might find that if you go back to stock, or increase the oil volume to level outlined on a stock dip stick, that the bike starts to consume oil.

Good advice, thanks.

The dipstick is longer. For now, I'm going to leave it as is. Two and a half quarts is good.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:17 AM   #709
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I'm not sure if the ST used the G/S pan, or a standard oil pan.

The ST used the deeper "road model" oil pan of that time.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:35 AM   #710
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I just pulled my ST pan to inspect it, and its gasket while I was doing the rear main... here's a pic of the inside of the oil pan "as dropped"... nice ..!!

You can sort of see the baffle at the front (left), which was added to later airhead pans so that all the oil didn't slosh forward at a hard stop, causing oil starvation....




and re-installed:






Also, the G/S oil pan had four tapped holes for attaching the skidplate, iirc?
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:09 PM   #711
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Looks like I need to add my name to the list. Picked up a 1983 a couple of weeks ago with the front forks folded in.

Last four of the VIN is 7331 and the bike is red.

I'll try to get some pics up soon, it's on the lift now waiting on some straight parts.

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Old 02-12-2013, 09:38 AM   #712
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A picture of the pan on my '83. Looks "deep" to me.

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Old 02-12-2013, 04:28 PM   #713
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Yep, that's the same as the pan on my '83.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:29 AM   #714
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One more ST reporting for duty, although I'll have to get back with the VIN as it's currently holed up in winter storage.

I have an '83 blue ST, 3rd owner, 46xxx on the clock. Was in Wisconsin originally where it sat for a while, then was resurrected by (reportedly) a BMW mechanic who took the liberty of painting the thing blue. Quality job. That blue's not coming off. Then a Virginia owner had it and engineered a home cooked brake adapter to get a dual-pot Brembo on the front, and then I bought it about a year ago.



It's been a great bike overall and I've been amassing parts over the winter to address its not so great points. Eventually want to reserve the option to make it a more capable off road machine, but as long as I'm living in a city I've come to terms with the fact I'm not going to get off road too much. Instead the plans for the spring are:
  • R100 GS tank painted to match a whole extra bodywork set I've squirreled away, including Acerbis hand guards
  • 41mm stanchion fork from a 1994 R100R (Mystik?)
  • Tubeless tire front wheel with dual floating rotors
  • double-piston Brembos

Which begs the question -- Anyone interested in purchasing a complete, blue, excellent-condition bodywork set? Or know anyone who is? All the pieces are in excellent condition. Tank's red liner is totally intact. Maybe the odd tab missing off the side panels but it's all there. I've got a paint code somewhere too.

Anyway will post back after the transformation. Excited to hop up the ST. Have not compared geo numbers but I ought to be able to replicate the same front end characteristics of the stock fork, even if it's got a heavier wheel.

Last but not least, speaking of transformations, I thought some on here would get a kick out of this custom ST creation on eBay by way of Oklahoma.

LINKY

Supposedly already has one bid for $12k on this "custom bobbed 83 ST" -- hurry auction ends soon!!










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Old 02-13-2013, 02:04 AM   #715
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:35 AM   #716
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:32 AM   #717
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+1. What a waste... I thought that was what those rt and rs's were for.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:12 AM   #718
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sez the woman with the frankenbike that doesn't even resemble a ST any more
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:33 AM   #719
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sez the woman with the frankenbike that doesn't even resemble a ST any more

I'd take her bike over that turd (or even any stock ST) every day of the week and twice on sunday.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:17 AM   #720
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