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Stella 2T Oil Sight Glass (gauge) keeps breaking?

 
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Clipper
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:46 pm    Post subject: Stella 2T Oil Sight Glass (gauge) keeps breaking? Reply with quote

I've ridden my 2005 Stella for years with no issues. One day I noticed my sight glass had broken. I thought maybe I'd kicked with the heel of my boot or something.

It was easily replaced. Then it broke again just a few weeks later. Replaced that one. And again! I'm losing my mind and now I know I'm not kicking the glass with heel. I ride in the city and hit potholes every now and again.

I'm wondering if the tank isn't lined up correctly or if it's too low or too high and a pothole puts enough stress on it to break it?

How do I check the proper tank orientation? Or is it something else?

It's driving me nuts.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a custom aluminum unbreakable sight glass from 2nd Ave. Scooters for $49. I had a super fast response from them. It should arrive tomorrow. I'd still like to know why it was happening. Maybe the replacements were junk?

http://2ndavenuescooters.com/?p=6818

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New sight glass installed. It's pretty sweet.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it does look pretty sweet, it's the first time I've ever seen one of those. I don't know if I would have spent the 50 bones for it though but I am a cheap bastard
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jimmbomb wrote:
Yeah it does look pretty sweet, it's the first time I've ever seen one of those. I don't know if I would have spent the 50 bones for it though but I am a cheap bastard


I'm a cheap bastard too. I went through four plastic ones since May. At $16 with shipping it was getting out of hand.

Maybe I stepped on the original? I'm 6'4". I it replaced and the next one broke a week later. Then two more. My commute isn't long, it's about four miles, but there are some potholes and I can drive with, let's call it 'enthusiasm.'

My current theory is that I may have misaligned the oil tank installing the second one, putting pressure on the sight glass and going over a pothole caused it to crack.

That or someone has been sneaking into my garage at night.

If anyone has a better idea I'm all ears.
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