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Old 11-28-2012, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Quick Oil Cooler Winter Jacket

Here's a 5 min. oil cooler "winter jacket" for those of you who have an oil cooler and ride their bikes in cooler seasons. Wrap some water proof material (and reasonably heat proof although temps won't reach beyond "warm" in winter) around your oil cooler and use a couple of zip ties to bundle up. I used a piece of scrap foam type padding material but you can use leather, thin plastic, styrofoam etc.). Took less than 5 min. to cut and install. Rode today with 0* C. with light snow. Colder temps on the way. This "jacket" may help to warm up bike when temps get really low. Here's a pic before I clipped off the zip tie ends:

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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and ride their bikes in cooler seasons.

AKA the British Summer
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What type of oil cooler is that and where did you get it?
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry obo, I got that oil cooler back in the early 80's. I do not think it was from a specific motorcycle but rather an aftermarket product that was sold for motorcycles when oil coolers became "must haves" because many of the Japanese bikes had them as stock. If you are looking for an oil cooler for your bike, I would suggest getting a used one from one of the many vintage Japanese bikes from the 70's or 80's at any motorcycle salvage shop. You must have many in Japan. Just look for one that will fit moderately discreetly in front of your engine that can be connected with some u-bolts. You should be able to find a decent one for about $40.00 or less. Some come up on Ebay from time to time as well. They do not need to be large to be effective and take less than an hour to install. I'll post a picture if I find one without the jacket on. Good luck.


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Old 12-02-2012, 09:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help.
I'll keep my eyes open for one next time I'm down the "breakers yard" Get's pretty hot here in the summer and there is always traffic!
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I went a little different way...aftermarket oil filter and also does a bit of cooling..about $20.00 from JP cycle and the filters are $8 each

http://s571.beta.photobucket.com/use...20Filter%20Mod


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Nice neat work, David.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Nicely done.
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