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Old 02-28-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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Oil sight glass replacement

For 1100/1150 models

I read so much bollox on how to do this simple task.
The pictures were taken with the oil drained during a service. But you don't need to drain the oil to replace the sight glass, just lean the bike over to the right and lean it against something, or have some support it.
And another thing, the window isn't glass, it's plastic.
So here it is in pictures, and it'll take you longer to read this than to do the job.

Tools needed - old screw driver, hammer, seal puller or other hooked implement, 30mm socket and extention.
You want a 30mm socket because it's the same diameter as the sight glass.





New sight glass, front view.



Rear view.



Hit screwdriver into plastic face, not to hard, you just want to break it.




Hook the seal puller, or other hooked implement into the edge of the sight glass .






And lever out.


What you have when the sight glass is removed.




Carefully insert the new unit with your fingers just so it stays in place, then use the 30mm socket as a drift, tap the socket extention with the hammer to fully locate the new glass


Job done in two minutes if your slow.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:36 AM   #2
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Sight glass

Excellent write up and pics. I'd vote to post this in a "How-To" section.

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Old 02-28-2008, 10:01 AM   #3
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So here it is in pictures, and it'll take you longer to read this than to do the job.

9.3 Seconds.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:15 AM   #4
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This was informative, thanks!
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:36 AM   #5
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Do the 1200's utilize a retaining ring? Do they have to be replaced as often due to leaking and/or falling out?
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:48 AM   #6
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Do the 1200's utilize a retaining ring? Do they have to be replaced as often due to leaking and/or falling out?
Yes, they use a retaining ring. Even so, I carry a spare around.



The part number for the oil sightglass itself is the same for the 1100 and 1200, though.

Can't address replacement frequency. 38k miles on my 1200 and no sightglass issues.
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:23 PM   #7
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Yes, they use a retaining ring. Even so, I carry a spare around.



The part number for the oil sightglass itself is the same for the 1100 and 1200, though.

Can't address replacement frequency. 38k miles on my 1200 and no sightglass issues.
Good point. It seems to be less of an issue with the 1200 so far. But it is probably a function of age, miles, and no retaining clip that has the 1100/1150 ones fail at a higher rate.

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Old 02-28-2008, 01:36 PM   #8
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When breaking the plastic do you not run the risk of a piece droping into the engine?
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:39 PM   #9
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When breaking the plastic do you not run the risk of a piece droping into the engine?
Look at picture three. Plus, as i said, your only breaking a section to enable you to get something hooked inside. How simple can it be.
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:53 PM   #10
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How 'bout putting a screw into the plastic and then pulling it out. Very easy and has been done by several people.
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:56 PM   #11
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sometimes the dirt guys cover the sight glass with a thin layer of clear silicone so rocks will bounce off. smooth it out with an icecube and you can still see thru it pretty well.
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:59 PM   #12
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How 'bout putting a screw into the plastic and then pulling it out. Very easy and has been done by several people.
First post , second line down
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:14 PM   #13
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Save the old one for emergencies...

I got this idea from using a "Ding King" dent removal kit.

Materials required:

Hot glue gun
bolt or screw with large head
alcohol

Engine cold:

1. Clean sight glass and bolt head throughly with alcohol.

2. Put a big blob of hot glue on the bolt head, apply to center of sight glass.
Hold in place until set, let cool a few minutes.

3. Pull out sight glass.

4. Peel or pry hot glue from sight glass.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:34 PM   #14
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Try heating a small nail, stabbing the plastic to make a melted hole, then run a small screw into the opening. This avoids anything falling into the engine (fragments from breaking plastic and/or shavings from drilling the hole). Use the screw to remove the defective sight-glass. Install new parts.
Refill and enjoy the ride.

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Old 02-28-2008, 07:37 PM   #15
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You beat me to it! Was going to do a tech post on the change out on the sight glass on my 1100 pretty soon.

Nice write up!
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