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post #1 of 40 Old 12-11-2018, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Oil temp measurement

I searched the forum and did not find anything. Is there a good place on the KLR to install an oil temperature sensor? I am looking at a Trail Tech Voyager and see it has an input for a temp sensor and an adapter to use that sensor for oil temp measurement. That adapter has M18x1.5 threads. Is there a port on the KLR that will accept this adapter?

If not, any other location that would be a good place to sense oil temp?
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I use a Trail Tech V300-001 sensor that I have installed at the test port. The test port is on the clutch cover way down near the water pump. It is directly below the oil filter at the bottom of the case. It is necessary to drill and tap the test port screw to M6, but this seems to me to be a good spot for oil temperature.

See this:https://www.klrforum.com/657330-post23.html

You would not have found it unless you searched for "oil temperature test port" and you wouldn't have known to search for that unless you had written the post and knew the keywords to use ;^). Forum search engines generally suck.

This may also help; the test port is where I stick the pencil in at 0:45:

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I use a Trail Tech V300-001 sensor that I have installed at the test port. The test port is on the clutch cover way down near the water pump. It is directly below the oil filter at the bottom of the case. It is necessary to drill and tap the test port screw to M6, but this seems to me to be a good spot for oil temperature.

See this:https://www.klrforum.com/657330-post23.html

You would not have found it unless you searched for "oil temperature test port" and you wouldn't have known to search for that unless you had written the post and knew the keywords to use ;^). Forum search engines generally suck.

This may also help; the test port is where I stick the pencil in at 0:45:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l927...1Lnxsk6qfUuwYT
Thanks! As luck would have it, no, I did not use that exact string.

Do you have an aftermarket skid plate that protects the sensor? Or is it not that vulnerable?
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It is pretty well protected by almost any skidplate. Mine is a Richochet which it the most ubiquitous skidplate on the market for a KLR.

"Ubiquitous skidplate" is not something I ever anticipated saying...


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I use a Trail Tech V300-001 sensor that I have installed at the test port. The test port is on the clutch cover way down near the water pump. It is directly below the oil filter at the bottom of the case. It is necessary to drill and tap the test port screw to M6, but this seems to me to be a good spot for oil temperature.

See this:https://www.klrforum.com/657330-post23.html

You would not have found it unless you searched for "oil temperature test port" and you wouldn't have known to search for that unless you had written the post and knew the keywords to use ;^). Forum search engines generally suck.

This may also help; the test port is where I stick the pencil in at 0:45:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l927...1Lnxsk6qfUuwYT
I think I found the Kawasaki part number for the plug you drilled out (92066-1156), but the description does not give the size or thread pitch. Do you recall what it is? My plan was to buy the Trail Tech adapter if they have on of the correct size. They have a range of sizes. I don’t have the machining capability you have and I am not sure I can drill the plug by hand square enough to have things seal up.
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I'll have to go into the Shed of Horrors and go through some bits to find one and measure the threads. Might take until tomorrow.

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It is pretty well protected by almost any skidplate. Mine is a Richochet which it the most ubiquitous skidplate on the market for a KLR.

"Ubiquitous skidplate" is not something I ever anticipated saying...

I didn’t know there was a ubiquitous skid plate. I had not yet come across the Richochet product. I have looked at Happy Trails, SW-Motech, JNS Engineering, and I think one or two others, but somehow missed Richochet. Is there a master list of “ubiquitous” parts and accessories so I don’t miss anything else?
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Found one! It is M10X1.25.

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I'll have to go into the Shed of Horrors and go through some bits to find one and measure the threads. Might take until tomorrow.
I have all winter. 🥶
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Found one! It is M10X1.25.
Thanks, again. The smallest adapter TT makes is M12x1.5. Time to look at other options. A good winter project.
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