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post #1 of 59 Old 02-22-2013, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Tutoro Auto Chain Oiler Review and Installation

After having a disappointing run out of my last chain, 20,000kms (I did 32,000kms on the original chain), it had red dust forming on the sides (rust coming out from under the rollers) and a tight spot (signs of stretching), I decided to look into fitting a chain oiler. I put the poor chain life down to several long rides in the wet and not applying oil often enough.

After a bit of searching on the internet I had decided I didnít want the hassle of hooking into electrics or vacuum hoses which left either the Loobman or Tutoro which you have to manually adjust the oil flow and turn off when you stop riding. I had originally discovered the Tutoro on Ebay and when I went to their website Home I found the Tutoro Auto chain oiler. What a great idea, a basic chain oiler which you donít have to manually turn off, which no doubt I would forget to do at some stage and finish with a puddle of oil on the shed floor.

This is an extract explaining how it works,
TECH TALK - the TUTORO Auto is operated by our proprietory actuation system - Contrary to some popular urban myths it is not a needle valve bumping in and out as the bike travels along a road - that would only work on very rough roads (if at all) instead the TUTORO system works by utilising the vertical inertia direction changes and extending the apogee dwell period of the primary valve, the system is both robust and sensitive resulting in a device that functions correctly on every road surface. We are delighted to say that the TUTORO Auto has lived up to all its design goals and now has a proven track record over many thousands of miles on all 6 continents.

With a birthday coming up I dropped the hint and a Tutoro Auto deluxe Kit arrived. This is what was in the kit, note the handy little aluminium flask for carrying some spare oil.

I probably spent more time trying to find a place for the oiler reservoir than what it actually took to fit once the decision was made. The kit came with a stainless multi-fit bracket setup, however the only place I could find to fit it was on the engine crash bars. Here I thought it would cop a fair amount of heat from the engine thinning the oil. So I decided to make my own bracket and fit it near the passenger foot peg.

I have a homemade support bracket for throwover soft bags which bolts on under the passenger foot peg.

It was than a matter of fabricating a bracket from 25mm RHS and welding it on.



I then ran the hose along the swingarm and attached the nozzle at the rear sprocket using the adhesive hose clamps and cable ties.


After filling the container with oil you turn on the tap 4 turns, hold up the mechanism and prime the system.


It is then a matter of trial and error to set the flow rate with the tap. I have mine set at 1 and Ĺ turns out and after a 300km ride the chain appears moist without a lot of fling-off onto the wheel rim. The oil level in the reservoir has dropped about 8mm. While sitting idle in the shed for a week or so no drips or puddles have appeared. There is also the added advantage if you are caught in the rain you can open the tap either another ľ or Ĺ turn and apply more oil. I know it is only early days yet, I will do a follow up after a longer ride over a couple of weeks next month.
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Nice write-up. Thanks.
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I had their manual oiler on my last bike, it worked great and my chain looked brand new after 2 years with zero maintenance from me. I'm probably going to get one of these new automatic models soon.
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+1 from me, another very satisfied user. If I knew how to post pics I have 3 good ones of my install on my 2012 Glee.
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I think I am sold... I never considered an auto chain oiler before due to the perceived complexity of the system... However, as Geico would say "even a caveman could do" this one. Maybe too early to ask, but how many kms do you think you can/could get out of a reservoir full? And how about the deploy nozzles at the sprocket, do they actually touch? If they do touch, would they wear?

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So far, I have done 5000+ K's and I am probably 1000K's from a refill. I have the flow-rate set to just keep the chain moist (and it has been a long, dry summer) but I doubt it would be much less in other conditions (except maybe off-road). If you do go ahead and order, I would recommend buying the twin-feed nozzle for an extra few $$. If you PM me your email address, or tell me how to attach pics (without my own hosting site) I have 3 nice pics showing my install on a 2012 Glee. Regards, Steve

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Tutoro Auto Update

On a recent trip on the V- strom covering 5,300kms I gave the Tutoro Auto a good work out. One thing I did learn it is not a set and forget. I had originally set it at 1.5 turns out at around 30+ degrees C and found when I went into Southern parts of Australia at around 18 degrees C it wasn’t getting enough oil and had to turn on another half a turn and in the wet I had it set at 2.5 turns out. I didn't use a lot of oil, after a 1000kms I had used about a thid of the reservoir.

On a particularly rough corrugated gravel road between Goulburn and Crookwell I had the double sided oil tube vibrate into the sprocket and cut one side off.



I Blocked the missing side off with duct tape to keep going otherwise i had oil going everywhere over the tyre, wheels and brakes.



I have since fitted the single nozzle which came in the kit. I sent an email to Tutoro explaining what happened and this was part of his reply
"If you are doing a lot of rough road travelling, we always recommend a single feed nozzle positioned as our endruo riders do to drip oil onto the tip run of the chain."

Overall after the initail teething problems I am still a happy costomer and would recommend it.

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What oil do you use? I use 80/90 weight mineral gear oil. So far, I turn out has worked since Jan 2013 (might change as we move into winter).
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Shards, so far I have been using the oil which came with the Tutoro kit, however when it runs out I will probably use engine oil. On the Tutoro site they recommend any oil but ATF.
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