I discovered recently that the oil drain bolt I've got fitted to my bike is the Tusk one. I heard on an old post that they're not recommended. What's the deal there?
The TUSK brand drain plugs usually come with a STEEL Flat Washer stuck to the magnet, instead of a Soft, Crushable, Thick, aluminum or copper GASKET! If people don't re-use their OEM thick, soft, crushable Gasket on their new Tusk Magnetic drain plug, the Steel washer may allow leakage.Hmmm, thats what I put in my KLR. The magnetic one.
Did your TUSK drain plug come with the Steel Flat Washer?Interesting, I will probably just replace it with a different brand, when I change my oil. I used my old washer, and was in the auto service industry, so I was careful, that I didn't over tighten my Tusk plug.
I really don't recall, but I do remember using the old one, probably because it was aluminum.Did your TUSK drain plug come with the Steel Flat Washer?Interesting, I will probably just replace it with a different brand, when I change my oil. I used my old washer, and was in the auto service industry, so I was careful, that I didn't over tighten my Tusk plug.
Is re-using a CRUSH washer (as in, an aluminum one) recommended?Samuel and Pbk16gt, I'd dare suggest you have a NON-problem! If your Tusk oil drain plug seals, and you're savvy enough not to over-tighten it, I see no threatening problem. Yet, I do not want to affect negatively the "proper" oil drain plug manufacturers' and vendors' livelihoods; if you wish to pay homage to that manufacturing and distributing segment of the economy, feel free!
As I'm sure that you know and do yourself, the key is to Not Crush them to death on the 1st couple of oil changes.Is re-using a CRUSH washer (as in, an aluminum one) recommended?
I'm the same way. I've used a new Kawi crush washer each time I've changed the thing, and I only put 15 lbs of pressure on the bolt. It does not leak. It's good to know that I don't need to worry about getting a new one. My impression was that the bolt itself was weak or prone to cracking, and while I can't vouch for the mechanic who did the single oil change performed (i.e. as evidenced by the presence of this new plug) before I got the bike (at 50 miles), I'm now feeling comfortable with keeping the Tusk and using proper crush washers. Thanks!I use a torque wrench… at 15 lbs I don't think it does much crushing… if you are tightening an aluminum washer to the point it starts to roll over the bolt head you're really putting too much torque on it