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Basically the title... I am so klutzy. Essentially, I was checking the oil of my 2004 Bonneville with the rod from this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GTVOJQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (which I apparently thought was a great idea) and I dropped it after I put it too far into the hole.

What should I do? I'm basically brand new to motorcycling, and was really trying my best to get into maintaining it, but I still lack common sense :(
I have all the tools I need to maintain it (I think) so I'm open to suggestions...

Thank you for your help...
 

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Go back on Amazon and buy the following:

SE 8036TM-NEW 30” Telescoping Magnetic Pick-Up Tool with 15-lb. Pull Capacity https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RB3XBA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_WuAJCbQV5NC67

Triumph Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton & Scrambler '01 to '15 (Haynes Service & Repair Manual) https://www.amazon.com/dp/178521036X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_IvAJCbPBCN455

And then return the retrieved “oil stick”.


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Thank you so much! I actually already have a Haynes manual! I'm trying to do this the right way >.<
 

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Why would you even be using a rod? You have no frame of reference for what is a correct level. Just use the sight glass, basically if there is oil in the glass when the bike is upright your're good to go.
 

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Why would you even be using a rod? You have no frame of reference for what is a correct level. Just use the sight glass, basically if there is oil in the glass when the bike is upright your're good to go.
That's a really good question :s
Basically... my thought was to check the color of the oil. I'm not going to deny I'm an idiot though!
 

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Get that magnet and pray to god it didn’t get wedged in somewhere difficult.


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and don't forget luck...... you need luck too. But you can't buy that from Amazon
 

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In the future, after retrieving said steel rod, you can limit your oil inspections to the regular oil changes! If unsure, change oil and filter
 

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Sorry to have to tell you but that tool you linked in your first post is aluminum and a magnet will not work. Unless you can grab it with something disassembly is the only remedy that I can see.
 

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I think that the rod in the chain alignment tool is steel. The body of the tool is aluminum.

I hope that the OP can get the rod out around all those gears. That's a tough lesson to learn.
 

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I have one of those alignment tools. The rod isn't magnetic at all, not even a little :(

These little endoscopes are pretty cheap, might help you visualize where the rod is if you can't see it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00STB0EW6/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I got that one a couple years ago, there may be a better model by now.

I feel for you @Zix. Keep up the good attitude, hopefully the gods are kind to you and don't make you suffer too much.
 

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Zix, I feel your pain. I have had experience with what seem like a good idea at the time but ended up with something falling into a place that is a problem. Likely there are many in this forum with similar experience as well. The key is to relax and try to find an easy solution. And if easy solution does not work disassembly will.
 

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You'll be ok - Don't panic. Absolutely do not turn the bike over or move anything. Leave it sit exactly as it is.
You want to very carefully lower the magnetic rod down in slow and easy and slow and easily pull it back up to see if you captured the metal rod. I certainly hope the rod you dropped in was not stainless steel --- then it would time to begin a panic...

Good luck.
 

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Here is a idea for you. Get to the closest Harbor Freight and get both a magnetic pickup tool and a small diameter mechanical fingers.
If the rod is indeed aluminum or happens to be SS you are going to have to fish for it with the mechanical fingers. If the rod is iron the magnet will save the day.
Hang in there - you'll get it out one way or the other.
 

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Another option: get the bike on a paddock stand (or centre stand if you have one), drain the oil, remove the frame cradle rails (you'll need to remove the oil cooler), crawl under the bike and remove the oil sump (10? 10mm bolts) - you *might* get better access from underneath...

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Oh no. :( I already bought the magnet. I was reading about the oil sump as being a possible solution before I posted on the thread, but it sounds rather difficult. I'm not sure if some mechanical fingers would work, either. Does anyone have a good example of one of these grabbers? Also, how would I know where it would be other than spending some money on a camera?

Whenever I first put the rod in there, I was going over to the left at a 45 degree angle, and it went straight down to where the oil resides, I believe.

Thank you all for being so supportive. I can't say I didn't freak out when it happened :s
 
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