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Auto chain oiler

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This topic contains 4 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  James May 1 month, 4 weeks ago.

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  • #7874

    James May

    This is my first post.  There will be many more.  I did search the topic first, but no results were found.

    I have a 1971 A75V.  I am in the process of a COMPLETE restoration.  As such, I am stripping the bike so that a proper job can be done.  This bike has an auto gravity fed rear chain oiler arrangement.  Neither the parts manual or the shop manual, a real BSA shop manual, either displays of depicts this oiler.  Can anyone tell me anything about this oiler?  Thanks

  • #7880
    Mike Klose
    Mike Klose

    Dunno, mate…
    .. but for the T160 – there’s a lonely bit of information in the “Owners Manual” which provides nearly 0.001 millisecondsworth of useful information about the cheesehead screw-type metering screw in the top of the oil tank.

    I’ve screwed my metering screw all the way in – channelling my inner gorilla, and also shoved a tight fitting bolt up the outlet orifice in a most unsympathetic manner – just for good measure.
    Is this on the right lines?

    (I’ve no idea about the Drips per Minute if the tube is still connected to the swingarm.)

  • #7882

    James May

    Mike, Thank you for the reply.  Apparently the 205 1971 A75V’s that were sent to the US to satisfy the AMA homologation rules had these oilers that were not on previous models.  Since your T160 has the oiler and you’ve found a way to keep it from making a complete mess of your bike, I’ll follow your lead and look for the screw and plug the drip end.  Don’t have an owner’s manual, but am looking for one.  Again, Thanks.

  • #7908

    Dave Rodgers

    Hi James

    If your only going to ponce around your local area then you won’t need the chain oiler, just use chain spray. However if your going to do serious touring then it’s a godsend, i have a tube to the back spindle with an nozzle from a Scott oiler kit which touches the rear sprocket. Takes a bit of time to adjust the screw just right so the chain is just lubed not covered. Great when it has rained as it continues to lube rather than running dry.

    • #7909

      James May

      Hello Dave,

      Thank you for the reply.  My intent is to return the bike to original form.  From what I’ve seen in the parts boo and shop manual there was no chain oiler in original form.  However, what I’ve got looks original, it doesn’t appear to be an add on.  I am a neatness nut and find that auto oilers have me cleaning up after them at every stop.  The modern spray lubes, if applied properly, do a fine job without the mess.  Anyway, thanks again for the input.

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