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Old 06-19-2019, 07:36 AM
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Is there a Derby cover that has an integrated dipstick? I need a 3 hole cover as mine is warped to **** but I really want to be able to check all my fluids on the go. Getting this 1996 ultra ready for a 6k miles grand canyon run and Iím pulling all the stops... not to mention a dipstick hole = easiest change.
 
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:49 AM
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No, there use to be an inspection cover with a dipstick but it was discontinued Long ago.
Probably due to popping out and sticking out to far.
 
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:13 AM
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If you're willing to take the entire primary cover off, you could make one yourself fairly readily. Just drill the case on the top, use a grommet in the hole, and then the likes of a piece of solid copper wire as a dipstick. Size everything for oil tightness. Bend the copper wire/rod prettily for the top. Position the hole so you don't have it into the chain. Use the likes of copper so if it gets caught, it doesn't tear anything up. Fill the primary up to the proper level, mark that on the dipstick with a notch or such. Trim the dipstick excess.
 
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If you're willing to take the entire primary cover off, you could make one yourself fairly readily. Just drill the case on the top, use a grommet in the hole, and then the likes of a piece of solid copper wire as a dipstick. Size everything for oil tightness. Bend the copper wire/rod prettily for the top. Position the hole so you don't have it into the chain. Use the likes of copper so if it gets caught, it doesn't tear anything up. Fill the primary up to the proper level, mark that on the dipstick with a notch or such. Trim the dipstick excess.

How much clearance do you think's in there?
 
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How much clearance do you think's in there?
I've never had my primary cover off, so other than a vague "not too much" I can't say. You'd want the dipstick to go down between the chain and the outer cover or the chain and the back side. Since the chain never seems to slap either cover, I'd say there should be enough clearance for a rod to fit.
 
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On 'a long trip' - When you stop to eat,or fuel up,look at the ground under the primary,after the bike sits for 15 minutes and check for leaks. If it's not leaking,it's still full.
 
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This seems like an unnecessary adventure to me with potential problems being introduced into the primary by sticking a rod into an area not intended to have one.
change the oil prior to your trip and don’t worry about it. I’ve been on multiple 2000+ mile long trips and have never had to add oil to the primary. Come to think of it, I’ve never had any issues with primary oil. Keep it changed and you are good.

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Originally Posted by Sturgis67 View Post
This seems like an unnecessary adventure to me with potential problems being introduced into the primary by sticking a rod into an area not intended to have one.
change the oil prior to your trip and donít worry about it. Iíve been on multiple 2000+ mile long trips and have never had to add oil to the primary. Come to think of it, Iíve never had any issues with primary oil. Keep it changed and you are good.

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Just the engineering degree best in my head says no no and NO! Plus a large enough hole for a dipstick like the trans makes for easier and faster oil changes!

Point blank the more you pull the derby cover the more it warps. Especially the 3 hole. Letís eliminate this with proper torque 9ft lbs 1 install and adding a dipstick/fill hole..

my oil was just changed but if itís one plug to drain letís face it... should be one plug to fill. Itís a Harley not a gold wing and if I want years and years and years it needs to be ready for checks and service.

Im pretty good about glancing under the bike before I ride, but what about s terrible leak that may develop between 200mile fuel stops (thatís a full 5 gallons).

Maybe Iím just a little obsessive with maintenance but it is a 1996 and I am wanting to be sure I make it back from my planned 6k mile adventure.

If i have to have it machined then so be it, but I want the ability to change and check the primary oil on the fly like the engine and transmission.
 
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All of this sounds like you're searching to find a problem that doesn't exist. A political career could be in your future. Spend your hard earned money on a Tarot card reader instead.
 
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All of this sounds like you're searching to find a problem that doesn't exist. A political career could be in your future. Spend your hard earned money on a Tarot card reader instead.
Finally!!!!! Thank you for good information.
 
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