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Oil Filler


Not sure which bike you have, but, since you bought a Twin, Max, I'm
guessing it's an Oilhead and not a hex-head.   

I had this problem.  I think everyone does at some time.   I didn't have
much luck with cleaning and re-inserting.   Maybe I didn't have enough
faith.   Anyway, I bought a fancy aluminum screw-down unit.   It has nice
Viton gaskets and both the plug and the collar are really well made.  It
used the same allen wrench size as the oil plug.  Once installed, I never
had another leak.  

A word of caution.  You MUST remove the head cover to install the collar.
The collar comes with two tiny set-screws to hold it securely in.  A friend
of mine tried installing without removing the cover and dropped one of the
set screws down into the engine.   He missed a very good trip to Deal's Gap
because of it and ended up paying someone to disassemble the engine to find
the blasted thing.  It got lodged in the timing chain.   Might have caused
real damage if he'd started the engine up.  

Aren't we just full of fun stories?   


Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 09:26:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gregory Appling <rugby14uwh@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Oil leak around filler cap

So in my standard hamfisted approach to working on my bike, while doing an
oil change I poped out the oil filler cap and the piece that it goes into. I
poped it back in but now I've got a leak going.
  Is there a way to fix this or do I need to purchase a part to make the oil
leak go away.
  And more importantly can I justify buying a new tool to fix this problem?
  Hey Marc, I finally got around to buying a TwinMax

Gregory Appling
385 Waverly St
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 15:14:19 -0400
From: Bob Hadden <kbhadden@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Oil leak around filler cap

Greg,  Simply remove the filler.  Then remove the plastic piece that stays
in the valve cover.  Clean all parts and remove the two 0-rings  
for cleaning also.  Assemble all clean and you should be leak free.   
If not, new 0-rings could be in order, but I think most people who replace
these o-rings really didn't need to.  I went 40k miles with no leak, and the
other guys I saw with leaks were easily fixed with a good cleaning.

Bob Hadden