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Bob C:

One benefit to needing a wrench is that it becomes more difficult for the
casual delinquent Harley person (for instance) to put water, beer or
cigarette butts in your engine.   The other, as I mentioned, is that the cap
stays very tight so there's no seepage even in extreme operating conditions.

Mr. Cutter may have cracked the code on successful repair/reinstall of the
stock filler.  I can't say as I've ever tried rubber cement on my O-ring or
sandpaper on the mating metal surfaces.  It sounds good enough to work.   

I did not notice any screws backing out or any of the other side effects
he's noted with my screw-in filler in the 4 years that I had it.  Maybe I
was just lucky.  

If I recall correctly, the screw down units cost between $40 and $60.  The
non-chrome ones look pretty nice on the bikes and I had good luck with mine.
All are beautifully made. (I have no affiliation..)

Again, I'll point out that the newer engines have screw down filler caps
with special little plastic wrenches that fit handily in one's tank bag.  

At any rate, all the information is out there now.  Our list members can now
make informed decesions about this subject.  


>Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 11:10:53 -0700
From: "Bob Covey" <Covey@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: oilheads-digest V4 #118

>Tom, so now you need a wrench to add oil? I'm not sure I see the benefit to
>that. I guess I'd fix the stock setup that works fine when properly


>Bob Covey
>Thousand Oaks CA
>'96 R1100RT
>'05 F650