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Alright, so after much speculation on the bike, wondering why I'm getting oil on my rear tire on the right side and keeping everything wet with oil, I found out it must be coming from this elusive "chain oiler"... I'd love to block it off and just lube it manually because I'm getting tired of wondering why my bikes covered in oil because I know I have 2 small leaks from the drain plugs and a small spot coming from the rear of the primary, I knew it couldn't be coming from these, and one less leak is well, just one less leak to worry about. If you could post some pictures of where this thing is and how to get to it and what to block it off with, that'd be more than great. I have a 76 Ironhead.
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also found out today, ladies really dig older Harleys much more than any other bike it seems.. had a Goddess today talk to me about it, I didn't ride it at the time I saw her but she recognized me by my long hair and old harley d. but back to the chain oiler.
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1/8" pipe plug did the trick on mine..just behind the cam cover in the dead space before the chain cover
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I think oil splatter on rear tire is just the nature of these old beasts. Any oil drip will head to the rear when moving. On my old Shovel, I routed the breather hose to lube the chain and still got oil spray on the rear wheel. My suggestion is to get a chain that doesn't need lube and take her to the car wash. I don't think this problem will ever be solved unless your bike is completely oil tight. IMHO
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1/8" pipe plug did the trick on mine..just behind the cam cover in the dead space before the chain cover
I did same... it's never good option to use motoroil to lube chain, I prefer to use chain wax. It don't fly all over the bike... wheels, seat, saddle bags, jacket, boots all oiled
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So I have to take off the cam cover to get to it? I thought it'd be behind the chain cover if anything, that's a quick on and off process...
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You can get to it by removing the sprocket cover and the sprocket, just run a plug into where the little line screws in. Motor oil doesnt really make a good chain lube anyway. I know its tedious, but I lube with one drop on each roller at the links from the top of the bottom run of the chain with Boeshield T9.
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what year did they stop making the chain oiler?? i wonder if my 81 has one?
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Alright, so after much speculation on the bike, wondering why I'm getting oil on my rear tire on the right side and keeping everything wet with oil, I found out it must be coming from this elusive "chain oiler"... I'd love to block it off and just lube it manually because I'm getting tired of wondering why my bikes covered in oil because I know I have 2 small leaks from the drain plugs and a small spot coming from the rear of the primary, I knew it couldn't be coming from these, and one less leak is well, just one less leak to worry about. If you could post some pictures of where this thing is and how to get to it and what to block it off with, that'd be more than great. I have a 76 Ironhead.
You can just turn the valve off and no more oil should come out of it. If you have an XLCH, look just below the oil tank, mine is a hex shaped block with two pieces of 1/8" copper tubing connected to it. It has an adjuster on top to control the oil flow through it, you should be able to shut it off there. If you have an XLH it may be harder to see with the starter.

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what year did they stop making the chain oiler?? i wonder if my 81 has one?
I believe they quit putting the chain oiler on in 1977, 1976 being the last year for it.
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Yeah I've got a XLH was looking for something like that but couldn't find it, guess I'll have to take off the sprocket cover
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