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    Sorry but this is the only forum I could find that had a "new topic" button-couldn't find one on the maintenance ( oil ) page.
    I've now moved to Arizony and it's, uh...hot. Is an oil cooler a wise thing to do or even possible on my xs1100 Special?
    THanks for any help and opinions!

    Jonny

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    Yes you can do it, you'll need the piece that goes between the oil filter housing and the crankcase which has the line fittings on it, and of course the lines and the cooler itself. Maybe someone here has one to sell or you can check Ebay. I live in a very hot climate too and I don't run any coolers on my bikes, haven't had any issues. Your temperatures are probably a bit higher than mine though.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by bikerphil View Post
      Yes you can do it, you'll need the piece that goes between the oil filter housing and the crankcase which has the line fittings on it, and of course the lines and the cooler itself. Maybe someone here has one to sell or you can check Ebay. I live in a very hot climate too and I don't run any coolers on my bikes, haven't had any issues. Your temperatures are probably a bit higher than mine though.
      THanks for the reply.
      I'd be looking for the/a complete setup -not a hadgepodge of pieces jumbled together. Sorry. That's just me. I'm not particularly mechanically inclined and have to read instructions. The guy I used to work for once took 3 boxes of parts and the disassembled cycle and put it all together-not a chance in hell I could do the same.
      Now of course I could do like guys who winterize their bikes and just park it for a few months. And I could still use it as a grocery scow 'cause the stores two miles away.
      Thanks Mr. Phil!

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      • #4
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ID:	865266 It is an easy add on. There is an adapter for the oil filter that has in/out line fittings then use oil rated hose to plumb it. Neatly zip tie the hose and your done.
        1979 XS1100 Special
        1980 XS1100 Std parts bucket
        1987 ZL1000 Eliminator
        1976 XS750D Project in waiting

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        • #5
          I may know a fella that has one for sale, I could check with him. He's in Florida.

          I might mention I have 2 engines with no oil coolers on them and over 100K on them, no related issues. YMMV
          Last edited by bikerphil; 06-06-2021, 09:01 PM.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by bikerphil View Post
            I may know a fella that has one for sale, I could check with him. He's in Florida.

            I might mention I have 2 engines with no oil coolers on them and over 100K on them, no related issues. YMMV
            That would be nice-to see if one for sale, that is.
            It may very well be unnecessary. 21,000 on mine. Being shipped to me soon..God willing.

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            • #7
              He's checking to see if he has one and will get back to me.
              2H7 (79)
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              • #8
                Originally posted by bikerphil View Post
                He's checking to see if he has one and will get back to me.
                Any word? Thank you!

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                • #9
                  Yeah, he says he has the radiators but not the important part, the plate that mounts to the engine. He sold it not too long ago.
                  2H7 (79)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bikerphil View Post
                    Yeah, he says he has the radiators but not the important part, the plate that mounts to the engine. He sold it not too long ago.
                    Rats.
                    Thanks for checking!

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                    • #11
                      Yep, I'll still keep my eyes open for one.
                      2H7 (79)
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bikerphil View Post
                        Yep, I'll still keep my eyes open for one.
                        Very kind of you. Thanks!

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                        • #13
                          115°F in the afternoon there this week, run the best oil in your vehicle. I like semi syn golden spectro in my bikes. That's pretty damn hot, at least it's a dry heat...lol.

                          I was in AZ not long ago and we grilled out when it was 100, I don't know how ya do it.​​​​
                          1979 XS1100 Special
                          1980 XS1100 Std parts bucket
                          1987 ZL1000 Eliminator
                          1976 XS750D Project in waiting

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 2WheelFun View Post
                            115°F in the afternoon there this week, run the best oil in your vehicle. I like semi syn golden spectro in my bikes. That's pretty damn hot, at least it's a dry heat...lol.

                            I was in AZ not long ago and we grilled out when it was 100, I don't know how ya do it.​​​​
                            THanks, lol-it's a matter of necessity...since I just moved here...unless I drive my car or truck.
                            I tell you what, I was well aware of the thing that's called "wind chill factor". What I wasn't aware of is that there's a HOT AS HE** FACTOR...and the faster you go the hotter it feels.
                            lmao
                            holy cra* is THAT hot!
                            I'm looking into cooling vests... and bedouin attire.

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