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Old 10-16-2009, 08:38 AM   #41
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What kind of oil does the Loob man use? I thought I saw gear oil on one add years back. At a drop a minute or something to that effect.
What is yours set to? Inquiring minds and an old mechanic wanna know.
Someone (can't remember who) said they used chainsaw chain bar oil at $4.00 a gallon.

Keep us updated on your wear results, Sir.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:43 AM   #42
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What kind of oil does the Loob man use?
As you probably know by now you can use pretty much anything you want. Since it's a manual gravity-fed device the type of oil will affect rate and duration of discharge. The Loob-Man is NOT an automatic oiler along the lines of a Scott Oiler or similar... rather it makes lubing the chain on the fly much easier.

I started with 80w-90 gear oil on the first chain... great for long and slow application but you probably don't want to use it on rides shorter than 25 miles or you'll leave a puddle when you park.

Next chain I switched to ATF... excellent cleaning properties and quicker flow rate was an improvement for rides under 25 miles (such as the work commute). I noticed a huge difference when cleaning the chain - much less dirt/grit/sand was in the kerosene bath. Fling is a good thing.

The last 25K miles I've been using a concoction of 2-parts ATF to 1-part WD-40 () that provides the flow rate and cleaning/lubing that I'm looking for.

The best part is every one of these were EASY to clean up - a quick swipe with a paper towel and you were on your way. I've tried some "no-fling" commercial lubes and they were messy, hard to clean and made a wonderful abrasive paste that chewed up o-rings like a kid eating ding-dongs.

You'll hate the Loob-Man instructions (unless they've revised them) but be sure to poke the pressure relief hole in the feeder tube as directed or else the summer heat will force lube up and over the high point and you'll siphon out the contents.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:15 AM   #43
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Thanks for the tips. Will be sure to pay attention to it when the package arrives. I very seldom do rides of under 100 miles when I fire up the bike. .
I used to use ATF as chain lube years ago. Was better than using motor oil when you ran primarily gravel and dirt roads. The little bit of spray can chain lube I used really made a build up of hard grease/dirt around the front sprocket area on Bandit that I cleaned up before putting the new sprocket on. 221 was the cost of sprockets and chain on this go round.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:45 AM   #44
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txbanditrydr, how many spark plug changes in 100K?
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:38 AM   #45
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:20 AM   #46
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That's quite an accomplishment in 4 years' time. Congrats on the milestone !!
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:20 PM   #47
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Belated congrats Jay!!
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:25 AM   #48
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Now, if you really want to enjoy that bandit "hack" it. It's a natural for it.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:20 PM   #49
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You'll hate the Loob-Man instructions (unless they've revised them) but be sure to poke the pressure relief hole in the feeder tube as directed or else the summer heat will force lube up and over the high point and you'll siphon out the contents.
That was apparent right after I opened the package. Didn't see anything about a pressure relief hole. Kinda weird they way they have the feed off the bottle set up. But, it seems to be working. I mounted my bottle on the right side of the fairing dash. About the only place I could see to keep the bottle straight up and down.

As soon as I get my new camera in , I'll do some pictures and post my installation.
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:14 PM   #50
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Didn't see anything about a pressure relief hole.
It was in little print... I'll hunt up my instructions and locate it.

Essentially, you poke a hole in the feeder tube at the top but on the inside of the cap.

With cooler temps you might not need it but as the outside temp rises it will force the lube up the tube. If it goes over the top it will start a siphonic action creating a mess on the floor.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:05 PM   #51
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OK... found the instructions and here's the part I was referring to.
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:05 AM   #52
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Congrats. I'd love to see the strom make the 100k mark.
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:09 AM   #53
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Okay! From the little I see of your instructions, they have totally revised the instruction sheet. Now it's numbered. And the Tube is inserted just about one inch inside the cap now to prevent the hot bottle effects. You have to squeeze the bottle to get the oil to reach the feed tube and watch it fill the catch tube and not overflow it.
For starters I just put in what ever oil I had laying about the shop ( Kawasaki 10W40 was the victim this time ) to see if the system was going to work as I routed the tube in a downwards slant from the fairing all the way down and across to the left swingarm where I mounted the delivery to the sprocket.
So far , looking good and it doesn't take that 10W40 oil long to get to the feeder at the sprocket. Even though some of my old buddies say it looks like a Urine Collection Bottle up there. But, they are for the most part, cruiser riders so what do they know. ha ha ha ha.

I had a camera incident last week so waiting on a new one to arrive. At that time, I'll do pictures of the set up I did.
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:26 PM   #54
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Congrats on your milestone! Too bad about your resale value though...
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:21 PM   #55
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I was so impressed with the mileage you got from your chains and the Loobman I ordered 2. Loobman sent them on wednesday and they arrived in my mailbox on the next Monday. Not too shabby for snail mail from London to Arizona.

I did take pictures of the instal on my '07 bandit, which I put here

http://s38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...t=IMG_0047.jpg

Just click the pictures across the top left to advance, comments are underneath.

I tried 80-90 gear oil and it took 20 minutes for the oil to crawl down the tube. I have 2 1/2 quarts of ATF from a car we no longer own, so that is going in next. When that runs out it will be used engine oil. I don't see how a chain would know the difference.

Great job with the 100K too.
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I added a tube to the short internal tube they now provide, so I can get the oil from the bottom of the bottle. I was going to keep the cap loose and tighten it only to shoot the oil into the siphon break, then loosen it again. Wonder how long I can remember to do that for.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:32 PM   #56
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Nice job Rich.... I see they still supply the bailing wire and zip ties. For a little different take on the installation check out what I did.

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Old 10-30-2009, 09:50 PM   #57
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I dug around and found a pic I shot of txbanditrydr's chain when it was really dirty....no, I'm serious!


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Old 10-31-2009, 05:20 AM   #58
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Nice job Rich.... I see they still supply the bailing wire and zip ties. For a little different take on the installation check out what I did.

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I like the way you did the attachment to your swingarm more better than what I did. Looks much cleaner. Guess I'll have to re-arrange mine next time I have the bike on the bench for something. .

I just received my new camera yesterday afternoon so will try to get some pictures of my set up and post.
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That is a nice swingarm bracket. The wire method is pretty flexible and wimpy. Perhaps I should go over the Ace hardware and see what chunks of aluminum or stainless they have laying around. Their "Hobby center" is a good place to start.

After 3 hours yesterday I thought the 80-90 oil had made it's way all the way thru... noooo, there was a nice puddle under the oiler this morning!
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:58 AM   #60
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I dug around and found a pic I shot of txbanditrydr's chain when it was really dirty....no, I'm serious!


Absolutely disgusting. You could write your name in the grease/grime on that thing.
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