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    Senior Member Dubster's Avatar
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    As promised a couple weeks ago here is the chain-oiler I made up and installed on my TW. There is a lot of info on the net and you-tube and a few different ways to do this.In fact I installed one on my V-Strom that uses a separate reservoir and a primer bulb from a weed wacker to deliver the required amount of oil.There are other ways using gravity and valves but I personally like the methods I used because it eliminates the chance of something going wrong and the possibility of to much oil being delivered and the hazards that come along with that.

    This is what I came up with for the TW:

    I used some silicone aquarium air tubing,zip ties,copper wire,an oil sample jar,and the dripper part and tubing from an I-V unit.



    Then I assembled it all to look like this:



    You need to vent the I-V dripper so the oil will gather in it and flow better.I heated up a finish nail and melted a hole in the dripper and vented it with a peice of the dripper tubing. You cut two pieces of zip tie and insert them in the tubing with a piece of the copper wire between them and adjust them so that they deliver the oil to the o-rings on the chain.Zip tie a piece of the copper wire to the outside of the delivery tube so it can be adjusted to the correct position.Then you fasten it all to the bike frame with zip ties and adjust.I routed the tubing from the reservoir up and around the carb intake and down the inside of the frame.



    I normally use ATF fluid and mix a bit of 10/30 when the weather gets hot.You will have to experiment a bit depending where you live. I have since started to use synthetic gear oil during the warmer weather. It drips slower and doesn't fling off as easy.





    This oiler works great and doesn't cause a mess.I usually give the bottle a little squeeze each morning before I head out to work and whenever necessary when on the road or on the trail.It really doesn't take much to keep the chain lubed and I use very little actual chain lube.To refill I simply slip the zip tie holding the squeeze bottle down,unscrew the bottle,refill and reinstall.
    I find if the chain gets dirty on the trail a liberal dose of oil actually "washes" the chain.



    Give er a try.I think you will be happy with the results....I am.
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    Pretty neat!!!



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    This should be pinned! Great work!!!

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    Very nice idea! If not for the fact that my Tdub is a "hollow" and this would screw up the clean look of it's nakedness I'd do it for sure!



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    Virtual Village has 12V solenoids for $16



    If you take a fat hose as the resevoir, gravity feed through the solenoid along the frame
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    I built my own back in about 07. Some 1 1/2 inch see through plastic tubing and PVC plugs for a resevoir. One plug was a pipe threaded piece with a screw in plug for refilling. The other end was fitted with
    some transparent fuel tubing that went to a solderers' acid brush which was mounted to rub on the chain. The resevoir was clamped to the bike frame. It would (paint) the oil onto the chain to keep it from blowing away in the wind like a drip system will. I had it on a sidecar rig for years and it had a needle valve to regulate the flow. The brush was mounted behind the countershaft cover to help keep it from the wind. It worked very well.
    Note that originally instead of a brush it used a soft leather applicator.
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    https://www.bikepics.com/pics/2008/06/06/bikepics-1312411-800.jpg[/img]

    one photo shows how the oil is painted onto the lower run of the chain


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    Please note that the site is not allowing me to post the two photos as I wished. Yes I jumped through all the correct hoops.

    And I don't know how to delete the extra posts.
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    Edit and lower right select Delete.

    Lower right one more time for Delete.
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    Edit and lower right select Delete.

    Lower right one more time for Delete.

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