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post #1 of 31 Old 11-03-2015, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Oil Drain Plug Tip.

OK, here is a quick easy tip to help save a crank case, this idea works for all engines that have a plug in a vulnerable area....this works on magnetic or stock plugs. Kaw engineers dropped the ball on this one.

Clean the drain plug of dirt oil etc. using a permanent marker or paint mark the front of the plug that faces the front wheel.

Remove the plug, using what ever tool you have on hand like a bench grinder disk grinder etc. grind an angle on the front side of somewhere between 45 and 30 degrees, pay attention if you grind to far back there wont be enough meat left for your wrench to tighten back up. I also grind the plug down about 50% in thickness to further lesson the chance of it getting caught on something. Even the short ones can be ground down a bit more. If you go a little to far...just grind your wrench past the beveled edge and it will bite just fine!

Doing this works, if you hit a rock or stump or something else there is a better chance the bike will go over it and not catch on the protruding edge of the plug and ruin your month!
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.....or you can just order a low profile magnetic drain plug from Eaglemike and call it a day! ;-)

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I'm trying to understand how you will hook the drain plug when it's above the skid plate....

I grind them down and epoxy a magnet or order a low profile plug but that's in case the bike lands on one of our famous pointed chunks of granite.

What am I missing?
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I'm trying to understand how you will hook the drain plug when it's above the skid plate....

I grind them down and epoxy a magnet or order a low profile plug but that's in case the bike lands on one of our famous pointed chunks of granite.

What am I missing?
With some skidplates, the stock drain plug sticks below.

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I keep searching for a socket/pan head drain plug with a magnetic tip with the right thread size/pitch for the KLR.
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Easy enough to drill a drain plug and epoxy in a magnet if that helps.

There are some socket head ones on the market, can't recall the source but shouldn't be hard to find as people show up with them from time to time.



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I keep searching for a socket/pan head drain plug with a magnetic tip with the right thread size/pitch for the KLR.
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Easy enough to drill a drain plug and epoxy in a magnet if that helps.

There are some socket head ones on the market, can't recall the source but shouldn't be hard to find as people show up with them from time to time.
Part of the problem is coming up with search terms that restrict unwanted hits. Words like 12mm, socket, head, oil, drain and plug get unwanted hits.
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Non magnetic as far I as I know, but might do for a roll-your-own project.

https://www.belmetric.com/metric-dra...11_90_870.html

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Non magnetic as far I as I know, but might do for a roll-your-own project.

https://www.belmetric.com/metric-dra...11_90_870.html

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Thanks for that. Very helpful. Guess if I want a pan head/ socket head I'll have to grind one down.
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