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Don't think would do any harm drilling a hole in the bottom. Seem to think there is a drain hole in the left rail on mine , near the primary drain.
But how did oil get in there in the first place?
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I obviously haven’t explained it very well, let me try again.

Firstly there is no oil leaking from the engine , gearbox or primary drive. This has happened when I removed the oil cooler lines. Oil has poured out of these lines and onto the frame. The bottom tube of the frame has 3 holes along it on top(on both sides). The oil has made its way into the frame via these holes. The picture below is crap but you should be able to see one of the holes I’m pointing to with a pen. You can also see one of the new oil cooler hose fittings I installed and how close it is to the hole.



I also found a holes at the back of the frame on both sides. I’m guessing this is where the oil came out while I was riding, covering the back wheel with oil. It had not pooled inside the outer cam cover as I first thought. I’m pointing to the left side hole in this picture but you can also see the right side hole.



I have drilled 1/8” holes in the bottom off the frame on both sides. Oil and water poured out of the right hand side and little bit of water poured out of the left hand side. You can see the oil coming out of the freshly drilled hole.



I then flushed it with wd40.

Check your frame for holes.
If you are washing your bike and not riding it straight after I think that water is going to sit in there festering.
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Nice one mate!
Probably going to be lots of folks drilling holes in theirs now!
The factory drains are not going to be very useful so high up are they?
Maybe they were not drain holes, maybe just breather holes for frame welding?

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Definitely worth looking at. It almost cost me a crash.
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Two holes on the right side had those push in plastic cable tie things. The left side holes where unused.
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FWIW a product specifically meant for rust proofing the inside of steel frames is sold for bicycles...though I wouldn't know if it is any better than WD-40, etc...

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I never heard of it. It’s probably better than wd40 in this situation I guess.
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I think lifting the rear suspension 2 inches hasn’t helped me in this situation aswell. No way oil was running out of that back hole in the frame while the bike was parked.
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I fitted a 0-60psi oil pressure gauge today.

I used an in-line test fitting to tap into the oil cooler line . The test fitting has the same size JIC threads as the oil cooler, with a male on one end, a female swivel on the other end and a 1/8”bsp female thread on the side. So all I had to do was trim an inch or 2 off the oil cooler hose to make it fit. Its probably got another name but I call it a test fitting because it’s normally used for hydraulic diagnostics.







I connected the hose that runs to the gauge into the 1/8”bsp thread on the side of the test fitting and mounted the gauge up on the handlebars with a little bracket. I need to make another bracket though as I’m not 100% happy with the position. I want it closer to the tacho and sitting back a bit further so the face is flush with the tacho and speedo faces. It’s poking abit to far out at the moment.





I went for a quick ride after installing it late this afternoon, it seems to work fine. It ran just under 20psi at idle, just over 40psi cruising at 4000rpm and didn’t appear to go past 50psi when the throttle was twisted. 50psi is the relief valve setting on the oil pump.
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