Fitting an oil pressure gauge to a Bandit 600

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Lozzo, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. Lozzo

    Lozzo Guest

    Due to the damaged oil pressure switch mounting[1] on the crankcase of
    my Bandit, I am looking at fitting an oil pressure gauge rather than
    relying on the dash light and plugging the old switch hole with a
    Loctited in blanking bolt. There is a point on the lower crankcase where
    I could fit the sender, but it would require an adapter of some variety
    to make this possible.

    Is there a commonly available range of adaptors out there from which I
    could choose the correct one to suit my application? Has anyone done
    this to a Jap multi?

    [1] A section of the lug is snapped off and the threads are nadgered.
    The switch popped out today and wrecked the igntion pulse rotor, which
    at 70 quid is a bit too pricey to risk damaging again. Plus, it left me
    stranded at the side of the A120 for more than 2 hours waiting for
    Lozzo, Apr 19, 2006
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    Hog Guest

    A call to Demon Tweeks should see you right. Their range of car type
    stuff, if you've visit the warehouse, is mind boggling.

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    Hog, Apr 19, 2006
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  3. Lozzo

    Lozzo Guest

    Hog said...
    I've scanned through their site now, there are quite a few available. I
    was wondering about fitting a T-piece in so I can still have an oil
    presure light too. Thanks.
    Lozzo, Apr 19, 2006
  4. Lozzo

    Lozzo Guest

    Mark Olson said...
    Useful info, thanks. Why did you use a mechanical one and not the
    elctronic variety?
    Lozzo, Apr 19, 2006
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    Gyp Guest

    I looked at doing this a while back on the Harley after I kept having
    the oil pressure light coming on (wiring fault in the end, not an oil or
    switch fault).

    Problem I ran into (other than the cost, obviously) was the range of the
    gauges. Typically the ones I found were 0-10 psi or 0-100 psi, but the
    HD runs at about 15 psi; one gauge is too small and the other hardly
    Gyp, Apr 19, 2006
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    Hog Guest

    Perhaps a manometer tube hung over the handlebars or around your neck
    would suffice? Use alcohol rather than mercury and you have an
    emergency Dram at hand.
    Hog, Apr 19, 2006
  7. Lozzo

    Lozzo Guest

    Gyp said...
    Bandits run between 45 and 80 psi at 3K revs. A 0-100psi unit will do
    the job fine.
    Lozzo, Apr 19, 2006
  8. For a guide to pressure, the electronic one is ok, but the downside is
    the weight of the sender - they're quite bulky and the engine vibes
    acting on the mounting threads won't do them any good. Another downside
    is the dubious accuracy of the off-the-shelf oil gauges.

    The directly coupled oil-line type is simpler, lighter, but more prone
    to physical damage to the line.
    Standard practice on a lot of engines.
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    Grimly Curmudgeon, Apr 20, 2006
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    Roger Hunt Guest

    A bit cumbersome Shirley - using alcohol in this manometer, to show
    15psi (with a margin), would involve a tube rather taller than would fit
    under most bridges - planning a route would be a nightmare. And one
    would need an extendable ladder to climb up to take a reading.
    Roger Hunt, Apr 21, 2006
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    Hog Guest

    Ok so you would have some portable infrastructure but imagine the hit
    when you scoff it
    Hog, Apr 21, 2006
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    Gyp Guest

    As long as it's all chromed it'll be fine.
    Gyp, Apr 21, 2006
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    Roger Hunt Guest

    (Having just noticed that Easy Rider was shown on C4 early this morning
    and remembering Peter Fonda's chopper, I think I can see where you're
    coming from - simply an extended sissy bar really.)
    Roger Hunt, Apr 21, 2006
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