Originally Posted by FLTR2008TRIKE
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I ride a 2008 softail heritage. Through the summer I would always see oil temps reach 240 to 250 F. There were times I could even smell the oil it was so hot (East Texas).
After a lot of research using Google I decided to purchase the oil bud in May of this year (2010). I believe this will turn out to be the best decision I have made for the bike.
I put 17,000 miles on my bike without the oil bud and a little over 3,000 miles with the oil bud (Oil bud was on my bike all summer 2010). I am very adamant about taking care of engines so I have watched my oil temperatures since the bike was new. The first 2 summers would produce oil temps as high as 250 with one 260 reading. This would keep me awake at night. After a 50 plus mile ride in the summer I would never see oil temps below 220 and the 220 had to be late evening riding. Any Day riding produced 240 minimum.
POST OIL BUD:
After riding 3000 plus miles this summer in temperatures ranging from 85 and below (evenings / night) to plenty of 95 to 103 day riding I can say the oil bud works for me. I have not seen any oil temperatures above 205 this summer and that was a 55 mile ride at 75 mph down the interstate with the outside temp at 105 degrees in east Texas. Most of my oil temp readings now are 200 and below. My legs may still get warm but they don't fry like eggs amymore. I don't believe I will ever see another 250 to 260 degree oil temp reading. Certainly the money I spent on the oil bud is an investment not an expense. I have changed my oil anywhere from 1000 miles to 1500 miles in the summer because it got so hot (oxidized). I have no problem going 2500 to 3000 miles now without changing oil (summer time included).
One note about installation. Bikes are different so if a person's bike requires a hose being bent to make connections my suggestion would be don't do it that way. Go to a hardware store and get a 90 degree elbow or two but don't "kink" your hoses; the oil must flow freely through the cooler. Take your time installing the unit and it will work properly.
One more note here. My wife told me when she bought me the bike that I wasn't going to put an ugly oil cooler on it and ruin the looks. Well, she hasn't noticed the Oil Bud under the bike all summer and she has rode most of the miles with me. She did see the thermostat and ask me whtat it was. I just told her it was "the thermostat that controlled oil temperatue" and she said "Oh". She thinks it come from the factory that way. Further more I've had to point it out to my friends that ride with me. I will tell her next summer if she hasn't noticed it by then.
We are going to the east coast Sept. 30th to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway with a group of eight bikes and I would bet that my oil temperatures never get above 195 degrees. My oil temperature will stay at 185 to 190 degrees anytime the ambient temp is 85 and below.