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    Has anyone ever fabricated a dipstick for the 83 1100 engines? My sight glass is unusable and I don't want to pull the side cover.

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    A dipstick won't do much good unless you find a place to drill a hole where there aren't moving parts below. And then you have the problem of finding a way to support the dipstick while the bike is in use.

    Pulling the side cover is no big deal at all. Leave the bike on the side stand, you don't even have to drain the oil. $10 for a new gasket, a few minutes with some carb cleaner and a Q-tip, your glass will be clean.

    While you are in there, you might consider another $20 to get new clutch springs.

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    I meant a dipstick to measure from the oil filler cap area. Not a permanent fixture.I don't like the sight glass at all.My clutch springs are barnett put in in late 83 and clutch is in fine shape.

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    If you look through the filler, you will see ... clutch. Stick anything into the hole you will have to bend around the clutch, making any attempt at an accurate measurement rather futile.
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    Use the window, while the bike is on the center stand. A good flashlight will help you see the level, even if the window is dirty. And, as said above, it is easy to clean if you can't.
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    If you don't want to clean your old sight glass, get a new one. Lens oil level... part # 11971-45010... $13.89. still available
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    Still would have to remove the cover and install a new gasket.

    Could save the $13.89 and just use some carb cleaner and a q-tip on the existing glass.

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    I said sight glass, Sorry, I should have said sight plastic, they aren't glass. Yours will probably clean up like new. But being plastic, don't be too surprised if it doesn't. Just my opinion, good luck
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    Call it an "oil level determination port" if you will, but I haven't seen one yet that didn't clean up.
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    Yep, there's far too much stuff in the way for a dipstick in the cap, even if it's flexible.

    The easiest and cheapest way forward is to yoink the clutch cover, clean the window with a q-tip, and replace the clutch cover, using a new OEM gasket.

    Once that's handled, get a wee mechanic's mirror on a stick if you want the easiest way to check the oil level.
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