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chrisfla
2nd May 2006, 19:42
I have an '05 and the dipstick is notorious for not screwing in right. But after some months, I finally got the technique down: push down and turn at the same time, then push down until it's flush.

Now, it won't push down at all. It keeps popping right back up again. It appears that there's a metal piece (looks like a fat straightened paper clip) that may or may not be out of place. Can anyone help me figure this thing out??

P.S. I hate this dipstick!!

Moved On / My Own Choice
2nd May 2006, 21:49
I like the way the temp dipstick works a LOT better (even if it is a bit cheap)

gymrat523
2nd May 2006, 22:01
I like the way the temp dipstick works a LOT better (even if it is a bit cheap)
me too, like the looks a little better also

santansporty
2nd May 2006, 23:33
You are making sure to align the wider lip with the wider opening right? I didn't realize the difference first time I tried to pop the thing back in...

chrisfla
3rd May 2006, 16:52
I haven't had a problem putting it in since I first bought it, when it took me a couple of months to figure out the easiest way to put it in. I mean, it's "in" properly NOW - it's just that when I push it down, it won't STAY down. It pops right back out again.

Well, I'm headed over to the shop this morning, anyway - I'm going to have them check it out, and then I'll let you know.

release
3rd May 2006, 17:06
I'm having a hell of a time unscrewing my Temperature Gauge/Dipstick. It goes halfway, and then doesn't want to spin, without some major effort, and even with the raised part of the cap to grab onto it is very difficult to get it to spin off.

whispanic
3rd May 2006, 17:08
Viagra......

xena
3rd May 2006, 17:29
I like the way the temp dipstick works a LOT better ..

Me too. I think it cost me approx. $37 for
it and was well worth it to get rid of that
headache causing piece of crap stock dipstick.

Moved On / My Own Choice
3rd May 2006, 17:50
Mine was another freebie.

This time a gift certificate from HOG for buying a new bike and already being a life member, so they gave me a $40 certificate to reimburse me for the free 1 year membership I otherwise would have gotten.

That along with the $1k coupon they sent me for accessories with the bike purchase has really made it worthwhile.

Kev

MikeyT
3rd May 2006, 19:01
Hated trying to remove the stock dipstick. Went with the temp. dip stick.

However, I'm on my second one—the first leaked. Dealer replaced it no questions asked and haven't had any problems (fingers crossed) with this one so far. Must have been a bad mold because switching O-rings didn't help either. As long as it keeps the oil in the tank, I highly recommed it.

cphilip
4th May 2006, 01:38
the 04 and up Temp dipstick is a bit higher. Something around 50 bucks after discount. And oddly enough they only had white background ones. At least thats all I have seen for the 04 and up. And of course the bike has Black guages so I am not sure the reason. But... it looks fine actually. It's back there away from the guages so it doesn't really matter so much and its easier to read the white background with black needle. And I am sure as they make all their money back off these new Rubber mounts they will eventualy get cheaper. Like the pre-04's are.

FreestateXL
4th May 2006, 02:38
Hated trying to remove the stock dipstick. Went with the temp. dip stick.

However, I'm on my second one—the first leaked. Dealer replaced it no questions asked and haven't had any problems (fingers crossed) with this one so far. Must have been a bad mold because switching O-rings didn't help either. As long as it keeps the oil in the tank, I highly recommed it.

There may be a design problem- I went through two of them, changed O-rings, etc, and they both leaked. Had to go back to the new (2006) dipstick. I really liked the temp stick, but got tired of wiping oil off the side cover at every stop. :censor

chrisfla
4th May 2006, 16:52
Well, the dealer said they'd replace it, no problem, because I'm under warranty 'til 11/06. At least I'll be getting the one with the ridges on it!

seagullplayer
4th May 2006, 20:18
Yet another reason why the 1995 Sporster is the best year.

No screwy oil dip sticks...:p

Snuffy
4th May 2006, 20:42
Mine's been in and out over the last 3 months no leaks yet

xl1200r
4th May 2006, 20:54
the 04 and up Temp dipstick is a bit higher. Something around 50 bucks after discount. And oddly enough they only had white background ones. At least thats all I have seen for the 04 and up. And of course the bike has Black guages so I am not sure the reason. But... it looks fine actually. It's back there away from the guages so it doesn't really matter so much and its easier to read the white background with black needle. And I am sure as they make all their money back off these new Rubber mounts they will eventualy get cheaper. Like the pre-04's are.

I bought mine for a lot less than $50 at my dealer with no discount...I think it was $39 or $45 - somwhere in that neighborhood.

dave
19th May 2006, 21:39
I'm having a hell of a time unscrewing my Temperature Gauge/Dipstick. It goes halfway, and then doesn't want to spin, without some major effort, and even with the raised part of the cap to grab onto it is very difficult to get it to spin off.I have the same problem. It will (usually) unscrew when the engine is cold, but after it warms up I have to use padded visegrips to get the :censor thing out! This is actually my second one. The first one had the same problem, so back then I rode over to the dealer and had the parts guy come out to the bike and try to remove it. They replaced it, but it didn't help. I tried swapping the o-ring with the stock one - no help. If the o-ring is removed entirely, it works just fine, so either the o-ring is slightly too big in diameter, or the body of the dipstick is too big in diameter.

Homarr
19th May 2006, 21:46
Dipstick malfunction, ha ha!

jwbradbury
20th May 2006, 01:29
I'm always the odd-man out when it comes to some of these things. I don't have a dipstick.

I have the chrome oil tank with a stepped rubber insert under the chrome cap. It doesn't screw in, but pushes down into the filling hole, and the rubber holds it tightly in place. Before each ride, I visually check the level to make sure the oil just just below the fill spout.

J.W.

Homarr
20th May 2006, 02:00
I'm always the odd-man out when it comes to some of these things. I don't have a dipstick.

I have the chrome oil tank with a stepped rubber insert under the chrome cap. It doesn't screw in, but pushes down into the filling hole, and the rubber holds it tightly in place. Before each ride, I visually check the level to make sure the oil just just below the fill spout...
You're not alone. They're talking about the '04-later models. My '01 Sport is like yours, too.

mazeppa
24th May 2006, 05:52
I purchased the dipstick temperature gauge because I thought it would be helpful to know what the oil temperature was in the tank and it also looked cool.

I'm now on my third one (dealer replace the first two), took the first one back because it leaked whenever the bike was driven, second only leaked a little when driven 70+(?) for long durations, the third one is better than the first but not as good as the second, these thing are a POS. I'm taking the third one back and trying to just get my money back. Either way I'm going to live with the stock dipstick, it has never leaked.

The most irritating part is I have just noticed some fine scratches on the oil tank cover caused from me cleaning off all the oil that has leaked out of the three different dipstick temp gauges.:(

jwbradbury
24th May 2006, 07:53
Just put a freakin' cork in the hole and leave it alone.... :banana

I really don't care what the oil temp is, if gets too warm, the motor will usually give a little different sound but for the most part, I think many XL owners just like the look of the temp gauges....

I'll just go with my chromed rubber stopper and eyeball the oil level each time I get ready to hit the road.

- - - Ride safe... With fists in the wind.... :tour

J.W.

dave
6th June 2006, 19:50
I was having a heck of a time with this. The stock dipstick always was a bit difficult, but at least I could get it out. The 'temperature' version simply would not come out when the bike was hot. I puzzled over this quite a while. Last night, I tried wiping a *thin* film of silicone grease on the lip inside the oil tank where the o-ring rides (this is the lower lip). After a 100 mile ride, the dipstick unscrewed effortlessly. Curiously, a thin film of silicone grease applied to the o-ring itself did not work at all. I know I might have to reapply the silicone grease from time to time, but I can live with that.

Silicone grease is available at (scuba) dive shops - it might be hard to find in a hardware store.

OldFenderGuy
6th June 2006, 20:27
I never really understood the reasoning behind those 'dipstick temp gauges', unless they are mainly used for the different look they provide.

I use a good 20W-50 synthetic oil, keep the tank at the correct level, and change the oil and filter frequently.

Guess it would be interesting to check the temperature every once in a while by just looking at the dipstick, but it would be just for information purposes. If it showed 185 degress, "well, okay", or 210 degress, "well, okay". :D

But my stock dipstick works fine, with no leaks, so I believe I'll just keep it.

dave
6th June 2006, 20:36
I never really understood the reasoning behind those 'dipstick temp gauges', unless they are mainly used for the different look they provide.One reason is that the temp gauge version has a raised section that makes it a bit easier to grab when you are trying to remove it.

Guess it would be interesting to check the temperature every once in a while by just looking at the dipstick, but it would be just for information purposes. If it showed 185 degress, "well, okay", or 210 degress, "well, okay". :D I think it would be useful on a hot day when you are stuck in traffic - this happened to me once. The bike was making strange noises, and I was worried that it might be hot enough to do some damage. With a temp gauge, I could at least see how hot it is and decide whether to just pull off the road and shut it down.

wolfgang
6th June 2006, 23:14
Oldfenderguy:

I had the same comment on another thread awhile back. There's not much you can do with the information, and the temp dipsticks seem to read erroneously anyway. I suppose one could pull off and shut down the bike if the temp got too high (what's too high for a Sportster, anyway?). I really can't think of sitting by the side of a road on a really hot day with traffic rolling by, waiting for the bike to cool down. Then what, get back into the same traffic mess and heat the bike up again? Also, if the HD engineers thought it was crucial to have a temp gauge, they would have put one on, with instructions on what to do if the temperature rises to a certain level, or risked major warranty repairs, especially from Sporty owners in hot climates. Or put a fan on it like the Buell Ulysses.

After 2+ years of riding a Sportster, I'm coming to the realization that the Sportster is a pretty robust bike and probably would take a lot of extended abuse before it craps out.

Mr Dream Merchant
22nd July 2006, 19:15
Yet another reason why the 1995 Sporster is the best year.

No screwy oil dip sticks...:p

Yes they may have the best dipsticks, but definately not the best ride and handling. :tour

sportysrock
28th July 2006, 01:22
Mine is still working ok, that's amazing! It is a little tough getting in and out.

FreestateXL
28th July 2006, 02:42
Hated trying to remove the stock dipstick. Went with the temp. dip stick.

However, I'm on my second one—the first leaked. Dealer replaced it no questions asked and haven't had any problems (fingers crossed) with this one so far. Must have been a bad mold because switching O-rings didn't help either. As long as it keeps the oil in the tank, I highly recommed it.

I went through three of the damn things, all leaked like a sieve, even after changing the oil tank...went back to stock....sheesh....

jms969
14th August 2006, 19:18
I love the temp dipstick (and don't care that it has a temp guage). I love the ease of getting it in and out of the oil tank!!!

but...

Mine leaked oil like a sieve :( (It started leaking at 80mph in the middle of South Dakota on the way home from Sturgis).

I stopped at the LaCrosse HD dealer and said "I have this fairly new malfunctioning dipstick can I get it replaced?" They said "sure for $45.95 :roflblack otherwise take it back where I bought it."

So I packed around it with paper towels (I am a cheap bastard) and rode home then changed back to that POS (but non leaking) stock pop-up dipstick and all is fine.

The local dealer gave my money back and said yup that happens alot with that dipstick :shhhh

Peace,

JMS

Paulie420
14th August 2006, 21:38
Hated trying to remove the stock dipstick. Went with the temp. dip stick.

However, I'm on my second one—the first leaked. Dealer replaced it no questions asked and haven't had any problems (fingers crossed) with this one so far. Must have been a bad mold because switching O-rings didn't help either. As long as it keeps the oil in the tank, I highly recommed it.

I had the same problem with my first temp dipstick... it leaked all over the side of the bike, got a second one and no problems since.

fafcpa
15th August 2006, 03:23
Was looking at one at the dealer Sunday and after reading this thread am sure glad I didn't get one.

Do any of the non H-D parts people make an alternative that works?

Fred

flskevin
15th August 2006, 03:27
I was having a problem with my dipstick too. But I saw this commercial for Cialis and now everythng is fine.

jms969
17th August 2006, 18:19
I was having a problem with my dipstick too. But I saw this commercial for Cialis and now everythng is fine.

Now you can check oil up to 36 hours :toungelau

Geoff5323
3rd September 2006, 18:15
I use the stock '04 dipstick and had a hell of a struggle to get a grip on it, then I read in another thread (can't find it now) to drill small (3.5mm) holes round the edge of the cap to give your fingers something to grip on. Tried it and it works a treat, thanks whoever wrote the original post.

fafcpa
3rd September 2006, 23:27
Do you mean around the side that fits into the oil tank when the dipstick is fully closed?