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Old 06-16-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Drainplug Pics

Hi,
does anyone have a picture of their transmission magnetic drainplug that I can see to compare what I have on mine by chance???

Here is mine.

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Old 06-16-2013, 09:54 AM   #2
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The tranny drain plug should have black or gray muck that you can rub between your fingers and not feel anything gritty or sharp. Gently shake that plug in a jar of gasoline or solvent to see what is really stuck on it.

Whats the bike,year, mileage etc.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:07 AM   #3
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Mine usually looks like black grease but its a suspension of filings in oil. Yours has chips in it, not normal.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:11 AM   #4
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Hi,
does anyone have a picture of their transmission magnetic drainplug that I can see to compare what I have on mine by chance???

Here is mine.
No, because I can't photograph through my scopes. I usually waft a little brake cleaner across it to get the oil off then put the whole plug under a scope at 70X.

Many very inexpensive (>$10) scopes will do fine but you do want over 50X and 70X is quite good. You can see stuff like chromed flakes, bearing bits, metal that is rolled or crushed vs. sheared or fractured, etc.

At 1X someone elses drain plug can look just like yours (fuzz is normal at some mileage) yet tell a very different story under magnification.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #5
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Show & tell

Patrick-

pics, yes. online photo account,no.

is that a paste or is that shards?

Paste-OK.

Shards- not so much...not the end of the world, just another adventure!
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:28 AM   #6
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Mine usually looks like black grease but its a suspension of filings in oil. Yours has chips in it, not normal.
That does look like slivers of metal. It usually does look like that. But the substance is soft and when squished between the fingers turns to powder. If the stuff on the drain plug is gritty and/or feels like bits of sand then you have much more serious problems.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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what model/year bike

The debris looks like it came out of a kick start transmission. Is it ? At least that's what the stuff looks like coming off the kick starter gear and quadrant.. If so, stop using the kick starter.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:06 PM   #8
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Bike is a 1993 R100 GSPD. See the thread about "nipples" else where on this page.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:27 PM   #9
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If the metal has never ever been cleaned off the magnet seeing bits of metal would not surprise me. I'd clean it off and check it again after a bit of hard running.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:11 PM   #10
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That should have been mentioned in the first post, otherwise any reply here is a waste of time.
mmm...agree on the mention, but if you restrict your comments to nfo that is model independent...

I'm trying to buy spark plugs. The brainless wonder behind the counter starts, without exception, by asking what model it is for. it Takes a loooong time before I can get him to just look up the spark plug number I have so he can get the store stock number and find it on their shelves. Twice the BW had to get a manager to show him how to do it.

OP asked a silly question, and that poorly. if I show him my drain plug and it either looks a lot like his or a lot unlike it, what will he know? Nothing. So I addressed a better question he didn't ask, "What's this stuff on my drainplug". Left out all the details.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:38 PM   #11
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You ask for photos.................You got it!

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Images were taken before a trani rebuild, circlip install & higher 5th gear.
There was one bad bearing.
It probably would have done a few more miles.............but why?
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:47 PM   #12
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Tranny out, open it up.
It can't get better, only worse,
Fix it before other damage occurs.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:00 PM   #13
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Tranny out, open it up.
It can't get better, only worse,
Fix it before other damage occurs.
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Finally! The obvious emerges: entropy exists.

But how fast it wears is something else. Opening it up when you can't read a drain plug...I'd say that could accelerate the wear quite a bit.

Just my .02 mind you.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:19 PM   #14
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Finally! The obvious emerges: entropy exists.

But how fast it wears is something else. Opening it up when you can't read a drain plug...I'd say that could accelerate the wear quite a bit.

Just my .02 mind you.
What can't be read about that plug?
Bad shit is happening in there.
However, if he doesn't ride the bike it won't wear any further.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:15 PM   #15
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Thanks Britt

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You ask for photos.................You got it!

1992 GS
50k miles
Images were taken before a trani rebuild, circlip install & higher 5th gear.
There was one bad bearing.
It probably would have done a few more miles.............but why?
Good Luck...........................................


That is exactly what I needed to see, that looks about same as mine so I need to get shopping or rebuilding.

Thank you.
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