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 Post Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:25 am 
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So, I've been digging through all the forums and archives I can find, and I have what is probably a dumb question. I just bought my first bike, a 1999 Hornet 250, and the previous owner has for some reason removed the dipstick, and replaced it with a nice machined alloy cap. I've read up about how to drain the oil, and refill with the right amount, but the bike has recently been serviced so I don't really want to do that. I just need to know the length and oil-depth marks so that I can fashion something up to check my oil before I ride it in to get it registered. Pleeeeeze Help me!!!!!

Down here in Australia Hornet spare parts seem to be as common as rocking-horse poop!!!

Thanks folks!


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 Post Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:49 am 
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You could also try to order a dipstick from Japan.
Honda part number is 15650-KEA-000.
It's less than 1000 Yen (or about AUD 11) plus EMS shipping...
e.g. here... http://en.impex-jp.com/parts/new/search.html?partNo=15650-KEA-000
You may also want to order the suitable O-ring seal; part number 91302-KE8-003.
http://en.impex-jp.com/parts/new/search.html?partNo=91302-KE8-003

Btw. I have recently ordered some parts from this website. Once in stock, they ship REALLY fast! I ordered Saturday and had the parts by the following Monday.

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 Post Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:56 am 
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Thanks! I'll do that! Way easier!


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 Post Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:50 am 
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So I drained the oil, without changing the filter, and then refilled the engine with exactly 2.2 litres of oil, as per the manual. Then I made up my own dipstick, warmed up the the engine, and checked the oil depth (flat ground, bike on side stand) and found that the level was about 165mm from the top of the threads to the oil level. Can anyone confirm if this is right?


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 Post Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:52 pm 
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I thought the levels should be checked with the bike upright and on level ground, not on the side stand.


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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:37 pm 
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Bonoeuf wrote:
I thought the levels should be checked with the bike upright and on level ground, not on the side stand.


Oh yeah. Ok, when I do that it's much shorter. Thanks!


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