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post #1 of 54 Old 10-15-2019, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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Solving Oiling The Chain

When I bought my DL650 in 2015 I oiled the chain by hand .

I'd heard about Scottoiler did my research & ordered an eSystem electronic oiler thinking this would make the job easier .

It did .

However it seemed like the 625 mile top would come around pretty quick .

And putting the reservoir back into the holder each time was a delicate operation .

More so when I broke the end of the reservoir by pushing too hard , doh

Contacted Scottoiler in Scotland for a replacement , no fuss and a new reservoir was installed .

Then I looked at their larger capicity reservoir known as the Magnum HCR - Touring Reservoir .

It's supposed to be good for 6000 miles so I got one .

So far no dramas , fits snugly & discreetly behind the number plate and means no more pulling & pushing to get the reservoir into place .

All thats required is lifting a flap to refill when the sight glass gets too low .

So all in all I like the Scottoiler set up .

Fit & forget for 6,000 miles
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I got the Scottoiler vSystem V-Strom edition. Mounted the reservoir with some zip-ties to the battery box on the right side of the bike. There's just enough space between the frame and the fairing for adjustments and refill. I've got it set to the lowest setting, which is enough, and requires me to do about one additional fill between the 6000-km services.

With the oiler behind the fairing it's a very unobtrusive system. In fact, you'd have to look really hard at the bike to see that it's got an oiler installed anyway. My bike is used for commuting a lot, and gets parked in a lot of places that are not totally secure from prying eyes, petty vandalism and so forth. Think city center Amsterdam.
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I've used Scott manual systems for years. Never had to remove the reseveiour to refill it simply remove the rubber fill plug and use a condiment squeeze bottle with a pointed nozzle to top it up with ATF.

600 miles might also be over oiling the chain. The small reseveiour should last 1000+/- miles.
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Why in the world do you need an oiler on an o ring chain?
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Why in the world do you need an oiler on an o ring chain?
To keep the rubber o-ring from drying up and to inhibit rust
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To keep the rubber o-ring from drying up and to inhibit rust
To each their own, but a wipe down with wd40 when the chain looks dirty is all I've ever done since they switched to 0 ring chains. Current chain on my FZ1 has over 20K miles on it.

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Nice job, it just clicked, Scott(land) Oiler. Very cool. I see the controller in your pics, but I'm not seeing the oiler or feed tube. Nice upgrades btw - sharp looking. I'm hoping to reach the magical 50k mile chain life with my oiler. I keep forgetting to look at the chain once in awhile.

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I sold Scott Oilers for a while. Never had a customer have a problem with one other than the need to replace the consumables (feed nozzles). I like everything about the Esystem except the size of the controller/display. But that is just a personal taste thing. If the display had been smaller I would probably have one on my Vee2 now. If it doesn't bother you, it might be the best choice out there for people touring and willing to do the installation.
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Why in the world do you need an oiler on an o ring chain?
An oiler is simply a convenient way to oil the chain mechanically rather than by hand.

O-rings should and do keep factory grease inside the roller/pin assembly. BUT...there is more to that. Yes a bit of oil does seem to keep the o-ring happy. But that isn't the only friction point on a chain. The roller sliding up and down the teeth on the sprockets, side to side play of the roller, and the links hitting the edge of the sprocket ALL benefit from lubrication.

If you don't see the truth in that....put your bike up on the center stand and roll the rear wheel by hand. Then oil the chain really well and repeat. Then you will see why 0-ring chains need lubrication. The difference in force to roll the tire is significant.

Very common to get 50,000 miles out of a properly lubricated chain on these bikes. The manual/automatic oilers lubricate better than you can by hand as it is always keeping just the right amount of lube on the chain. Especially when riding in the rain!
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It's difficult to determine whether or not the automatic oilers are even needed if you have an 'O' ring chain. All chains need lubrication and knowing how your 'O' ring chain is assembled and works may help in knowing what areas are critical. But no matter whether or not you have an automatic oiler or do it manually your chain needs regular cleaning and lubrication even if its an 'O' ring chain. Lots of conflicting advice here and on the net but I found this video helpful and I found one chain manufacturer who supplied photos of a breakdown of their chain 'O' ring parts.

Understand Motorcycle Chains @ CyberPoet.Net
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