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harley506d and Folkie -

UPDATE: The first few times I inserted and removed the HD solid, non-popup analog thermometer oil cap dipstick (Whew, what a mouthful!) I had to use the Channel Locks for the final bite. It's like a radiator cap in a car: find the slots, insert the cap and turn until the first stop, and then push and turn with great force until the final stop.

However, after going for a 50-mile ride (By the way, I averaged 185 degrees F, on a 70 degree and sunny day.) the turning became easier to the point that I can now do it by hand. Right now, it takes two hands but it is getting easier. I'm guessing the slot edges or the pegs are smoothing off. Whatever the reason, it is getting better!

HD should have made this new design in the first place without the popup feature and with a sold body that won't crack. The thermometer is just icing on the cake.

Thanks again for your help and patience.
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Have you put a coating of oil on the o ring? If not that might help.
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Yep, I always lube O-rings on everything from oil filters to screws.
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This is very neat mod, right at the heart of the problem.
However, the stock dipstick must have been updated sometime before 2012.
The plastic collar on mine is white, and didn't break, it deformed instead. Quite tough plastic, flame did nothing in an attempt to soften and straighten it and it doesn't budge even when I lean on it.
I am deliberating whether to break/cut and fix it with a small screw, or just reassemble as is, and push it down when it occasionally pops.

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Surely, it is not sitting flush with the cover, so that popping up could well be my thigh pushing on it sometimes.
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There were 7 different part numbers including upgraded versions between 2004 and 2013.
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SMH, upgrading the material instead of fixing bad design. Bridging the two halves should suffice to resist the shear forces from the springs there.
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This is very neat mod, right at the heart of the problem.
However, the stock dipstick must have been updated sometime before 2012.
The plastic collar on mine is white, and didn't break, it deformed instead. Quite tough plastic, flame did nothing in an attempt to soften and straighten it and it doesn't budge even when I lean on it.
I am deliberating whether to break/cut and fix it with a small screw, or just reassemble as is, and push it down when it occasionally pops.

Thanks to XLF I know what to do when it does break




Surely, it is not sitting flush with the cover, so that popping up could well be my thigh pushing on it sometimes.
This is a common design flaw. Here is the solution I got for my 2005 and it's been working great! All metal and much better than the stock plastic cap. Expensive but worth. The thermometer is accurate.
https://www.harley-davidson.com/stor...-10-6302305--1
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Def on my list. Need to find a way to buy it online, the local HD does not have it on stock, moreover, the price is ridiculous, it would be 60 KD, which is 195 US $ !!!
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Def on my list. Need to find a way to buy it online, the local HD does not have it on stock, moreover, the price is ridiculous, it would be 60 KD, which is 195 US $ !!!
I bought it from the HD Store online, not the local HD dealer, for $60 US.

It's really nice for knowing when the motor is warmed up enough on cold days. When sitting stationary, I can slide back a few inches in the seat and look straight down without leaning the bike over for the needle position. I've put it in boiling water and it read exactly 212 degrees F, so I know it's accurate.

The first time I put it in the oil tank, it was very hard to turn. I had to use Channel Lock pliers with a towel to keep from scratching it. After that, it was a breeze. It has never leaked.
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Just put some silicone grease on the o-ring. Seems HD didn't want an oil leak from the cap and made the o-ring fit plenty tight. When it's easy(er) to turn the cap you're less likely to damage its' poorly designed internals.
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