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Aug. 7th, 2005

I replace a few cosmetic things on my bike, making the turn signal lamps gray, putting old-style handgrips to replace the disintigrating OEM ones, adding yet another tool bag (now I have FOUR not counting the big removable one), and the headlight bulb. I tried to replace the handlebar risers with some much larger ones, but they were too curved and were bumping into the tank. So I just left the bars kind of hanging down until I get a straighter set. Unfortunately that probably won't be until my ordered parts come in to the HD dealership and I go all the way up there and pick them up. Someone stole my old ratchet set apparently, so I bought a new Husky set. Looks better anyway.

I replaced the sparkplugs on my bike, blacked out completely with soot as I expected, just as they always look. the rear one actually snapped in half as I was wrenching it out. I noticed that the oil lamp was on, so I checked the dipstick, and it wasn't very low, but there was this nasty peanut-butter sludge on the stick and around the opening. I don't like that. I wonder why the oil light is on.

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mrcougar
Aug. 9th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
that nasty sludge is water and oil vapor condensation. its from not getting the engine hot enough and long enough to burn it off. oil light on isnt a good thing,low oil pressure will make the light come on.
floyd_mephit
Aug. 9th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
Yea I had assumed that, except I know that the engine was hot enough the last time I rode it because I was running 50+ mph for several miles, and the whole trip was around 20 or so. If that's not getting that little air-cooled engine hot enough, then I don't know what's gonna do it.

I bought two quarts of 5W20 to put in the bike, but I rechecked the oil and it's fine. Actually it's a tad higher than fine. The oil light is apparently supposed to be lit while the ignition is on but the bike isn't running. I just read that in the owner's manual, I always start the bike right after I flip the switch so I never noticed that the oil lamp ever came on. Well now I feel better. Except I've disassembled the handlebars, so I can't ride the bike right now anyway. I asked the O'Reillys guy if he had an oil filter for my bike and he just gave me the 'duh' look. I thought they had a big book for that shit. pff.
mrcougar
Aug. 9th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
its pretty much: run it a lot and for long periods of times to keep that sludge to a minimum.if not just change the oil more frequently.


people that sell the things always seem to be the ones that know the least about it.
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