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post #31 of 256 (permalink) Old 03-17-2019, 04:08 PM
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Here's a mechanical grabber from Amazon and they have others on the page also. I'd certainly practice with it, and have a beer first, before trying it.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GGPD5NL...detail_0?psc=1

I do like the idea of draining the oil first, in situ of course, without moving the bike at all. Me, I'd do anything to try to get a look at where the end, or top, is before trying. It may even be lodged on a 'shelf' and might fall further if clumsily disturbed.

Do you have an idea of the length of the rod? You seem to remember which direction it fell which is helpful.

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I was typing when you posted what you bought so I was a bit late in my advise. Good luck and keep us posted

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I'm no Gynecologist but hey I'll take a look.
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That rod is about 6 inches long so it might have gotten hung up near the top.

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You try hitting the starter motor? Might shoot right back out the hole....or mangle your bottom end.

*This is a joke. Do not start bike without retrieving rod.


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Would taking off the engine cover be an option, too?

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That rod is about 6 inches long so it might have gotten hung up near the top.
I learned a long time ago to stay out of the insides of an engine so I'm wondering is it possible for that rod to make its way to the bottom? My money would be on its hung up somewhere, but I dont know.
Also to the OP, take the key out of the ignition, you dont need any more accidents at this point!
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I can't see the rod at all. It seems like I was a bit *too* adept at getting it to where it touches oil.

Thank you everyone for the encouragement. I feel much better knowing I have you all for support.
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Would taking off the engine cover be an option, too?
No, there's no access from the sides. Not great access from the bottom either to be honest. The bottom of motor isn't all open above the sump, there are a couple decent size windows though, with the crank above those. But, one thing at a time, first get a good visual on the rod and figure out where it is.

Almost wondering if something really sticky wouldn't help. Like fly paper wrapped around a dowel? But whatever you do, don't add to the problem and let something like that fall in Like the attachments that come with that endoscope, don't use them!

You are safe to put the bike in neutral and roll it to the side of the garage if need be. You don't want to turn the motor for sure, or let the rod fall deeper. But you ought to be alright doing that if need be.
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Okay! I've ordered the endoscope and grabber. I'm going to drain the oil before I use them - just to make sure I get the best view possible.
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Seriously, don't be worried about taking off the oil sump if you need to: the biggest hassle is getting the frame rails off! In fact, while the sump is off go ahead and remove (3 bolts) and clean the oil pick-up...

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