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anybody give me the quick lowdown on replacing the oil line that goes from the bottom of the oil tank to the oil pump? what kind of clamps to use? is there an easy way to get the oil tank line off and on with out pulling the tank?...thanks in advance
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Best clamps to use are those that are designed for Fuel Injection Systems. They help prevent the clamp from cutting into the tube. Here's a link to what I'm talking about:
Amazon.com: 10 pack Breeze FI5PB Mini G Fuel Injection Hose Clamp Effective Diameter Range: 7/16" - 39/64" (12.5mm - 15.5mm) for 5/16" Hose: Home Improvement Amazon.com: 10 pack Breeze FI5PB Mini G Fuel Injection Hose Clamp Effective Diameter Range: 7/16" - 39/64" (12.5mm - 15.5mm) for 5/16" Hose: Home Improvement

Make sure you get the right size because there's not a whole lot of adjustment available.
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Check out the pics in this Sticky ...

Oil Line Routing
http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s...d.php?t=920306

Also read thru the thread for more details on the routing.
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anybody give me the quick lowdown on replacing the oil line that goes from the bottom of the oil tank to the oil pump? what kind of clamps to use? is there an easy way to get the oil tank line off and on with out pulling the tank?...thanks in advance
I used fuel hose for the vent and return hoses and someone here recommended automotive transmission oil cooler hose, that's what I used for the suction. It has a little more rigidity, I was concerned at how soft the fuel hose was and didn't want to risk hose collapse on the suction side. Probably never would, but why take the chance.

I used the spring type clamps on mine, the kind you get with an automotive fuel filter. Didn't know if they would be adequate, but I've got a couple hundred miles on now and they are just fine, no leaks and they settle in quite nicely after a few heat cycles. I also like the looks, very basic and maybe a little vintage looking.
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I used fuel hose for the vent and return hoses and someone here recommended automotive transmission oil cooler hose, ...
The original hoses are 5/8 OD for the oil lines and 1/2 OD for the vent. Automotive hose is typically larger OD and are more difficult to run thru tight spots without kinking.

When i asked for hose by both ID and OD at an automotive parts shop, the counter guy actually squeezed the hose a little while measuring it to show me that it was OK.

So i always buy from my local indie bike shop. I always get the right stuff there.
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Yeah we're kind of out in the sticks here, and don't have many resources available to us, especially in the way of Indies. So we're at the mercy of the hardware store in town and the automotive parts shop two towns away and 70 miles to the nearest dealer.

I've not had very good luck at the dealer, pretty frustating when you get there and the part they ordered in for you is aftermarket, when they told you it would be OEM.

But I was able to find the correct OD hoses and had no troubles with routing and clearance. Sure would be nice to have a capable Indy though.

My bike had the original hoses and clamps on it and they were all seeping a little bit. But I have to say that's not bad for 36 years and 30,000 miles.
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Default I use 3/8" braided line on EVERYTHING...

...Oil tank, oil cooler, remote filter & gas tank.
You want high flow/low restriction.
The braiding is that extra layer of protection from sharp edges and heat.
Besides, using the same line size meanbs you only have to carry ONE piece of spare line, along with a brass connector/splice & extra clamps, in your tool bag for roadside repairs.

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heres a quick question that might be related if i over filled the oil tank by about 1/2-1/4 of a quart where if it was going to leak out, would it be comming out? this is an 81 btw
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heres a quick question that might be related if i over filled the oil tank by about 1/2-1/4 of a quart where if it was going to leak out, would it be comming out? this is an 81 btw
Should have an overflow tube where the excess will blow out once it's warmed up. If you realize that it's over filled you can also take a Turkey Baster, put a rubber tube on the end of it, and just suck the excess out.
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