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Old 5 Aug 2009
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Where can I buy a cheap oil leak ?

I appreciate not all of you are familiar with chains, especially non sealed ones with a split link.
You might think this a bit strange. All my old Triumphs vented oil from the engine breather onto the rear chain, so kept them oiled and in good condition. In response to all those that called these breathers, oil leaks, my new Enfield does not leak. It is completely dry. So was the chain, and it has worn out in 8k miles. I fitted a new one today of hopefully better quality but I also need to buy an oil leak to help increase chain life. I beleive they are sold under the name of 'scottoiler' and other names. Just seems wrong to have to spend money to create a leak. I guess fashions go in circles. I have no doubt that in 40 years time they will have great advances in motor technology and invent engine breathers that lubricate chains. Probably be a thriving after market for 'small bore kits' to make engines run smoother and more economically. Who knows they may even invent rear wheel stands so you can remove/replace the rear wheel without lying a bike on its side.
To get that function back ie an oil leak, will cost more than the price of a new nicasil alloy barrel and piston or a crankshaft and conrod assembly. It just does not seem right that it should cost that much to buy an oil leak.
I would rather they reverted to a timed breather onto the chain. Because one model ( computer controlled with more computing power that existed in WW2) according to its users is very dificult to get set up right. It either runs dry or puts too much oil on which gets splattered all over the rear wheel. Seems like 60 years of technology still cant produce an oil leak functionally better than was available then.
anyone know where I can get linklife or its equivalent?
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John Carr Motorcycles - Putoline Chain Wax 1kg?
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Just like Blue Peter

Beg/borrow/steal the following:

Two large-ish medical syringes
3-5m fishtank hose
The little red straw from a can of WD40
Epoxy glue
a wire coat hanger
cable ties

Connected as follows:

Heat shrink/epoxy the little red straw into the fishtank hose and cut off the red end diagonally.

Use a length of coat hanger and cable ties to mount this above the chain so oil would drop onto it.

Run the hose up the frame to a point where you can heat shrink/epoxy one of the syringes on vertically. Secure this with ties.

Take the plunger out of the syringe and drill a hole in the seal to take more hose. Epoxy the hose in and run it to where you can mount the second syringe. Fill this with used engine oil.

To use: At the start of each ride inject 10ml of oil out of the top syring into the bottom one. Over the first 10 miles it'll drip onto the chain.

Result: Cost £10 if you buy the big bits on fleabay. Triumph Bonneville with sidecar chain life 19000 miles

This of course assumes a decent o-ring chain, not some Indian made industrial job.

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If you don't feel like doing Andy's suggestion, there are alternatives.



LOOBMAN - manual chain lubrication system for all motorcycles with regular, O-Ring and X-Ring chains

I have had a 'Loobman' fitted to my Trophy for years (the same one) and I got 30,000 miles from the last chain, they do work.

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If you feel like going down the diy route do a search here as there have been plenty of posts about various oiler designs (including one of mine). Most of them can be made from bits you'll have lying around.

They do work and will extend chain life considerably but you'll probably end up with a few oil drips under the bike so watch where you park!
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