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
    recovery.
     
    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
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  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
    moves.
     
    Gyp, Apr 19, 2006
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  6. Lozzo

    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
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  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
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  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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  10. Lozzo

    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

    Cool.
    (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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