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I took the advice I found here and installed the dipstick conversion on my 1980 GL1100 and couldnt be happier. It was the one from the JC Whitney catalog. It was easy to do and works great. Thanks
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You will like that a whole lot better.

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Yes the dipstick conversion is definitely worth the money and effort.
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Good move. That sight glass window thing is plain silly. A dipper is much more practical.

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This is somewhat related...I have seen the ones in the JCWhitney catalog for around $20 if memory serves, but I find ones on eBay that look identical, are listed as "rare" and sell for twice that. Is there something I'm missing, or is some enterprising soul just fleecing the flock?


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Well maybe! I can still snatch mine up on the center stand and get down and see the glass with a flash light. It's much easier to get her to the right level as you can watch it rise and stop adding at the full mark. The dip sticks can be a pain to read if the oil streaks. "To each his own"

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I fully support dipstick,Mathew

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Another possible e-bay scam if they're marketing the 'sticks as rare.

I love my JCW dipstick ($20+shipping)and I'd also suggest using Randakk's spin on oil filter conversion if you have an extra $60 bucks laying around. Love them both. The combination makes changing your oil a half hour endeavour.


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Not much of a scam. Its rare depending who you are. Or howEbay informed you are. Its real hard to get in trouble advertising wrong on Ebay. They pretty much got it set up to get over on a lot of folks. Especially new users. The main title of the item, isn't the actual description. I repeat. The main title of the item isn't the actual description. Its the search words. You use words you hope people will use to search for your item. So you can write new, rare, unused, NOS, OEM, Hondaline, in hopes of catching more searchers. And it don't mean diddley. They don't have to match. The description is what you are buying which is below with your item pictures. AllI can say is Don't buy the Main title. It is notthe actual description and doesn't have to match. Now on a nicer note. I have been very lucky to get some things from peopleI couldn't of gotten anywhere else. An oil lampI had as a 4 year old, for instance. And Ihave gotten rid of some things , I would of been stuck with . There really is a lot of things there , especially for the GL 1100. Its just buyers beware I guess.I just got a tool kit for my GL 1100. Missing the screwdriver handle.I just found a Honda handle for $1.89. That's not going to happen anywhere else.

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Just took my ride out of hibernation last night and drove it into work this morning. 20 degrees F is a tad chilly but with a bit of layering, it was not bad at all. It sure was nice to get back on the ol' girl after 4 months of no riding.

Anyway, I am looking at buying one of these dipstick kits but I have a couple of questions to ask before I take the plunge...

1. Does the dipstick get installed into where the oil drain plug normally goes?

2. Does the assembly have to be removed every time the oil is changed and if so, is there acrush washer that has to be replaced every time it is removed?

There isn't a lot of info on the JC Whitney site and the pix are really small to see any detail.

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