DIY oil temp dipstick


16 replies to this topic
  • Frank ZX

Posted August 06, 2007 - 05:24 PM

#1

I did a search and found nothing.Has anyone made a oil temp dipstick?Any pic's.I rather make one than buy one.

  • cleonard

Posted August 06, 2007 - 05:45 PM

#2

I read about it here before. I don't remember when the post was made. If I remember correctly he said that a oil plug from a Briggs&Stratton had the same threads. He used that and a small cooking thermometer.

  • martinfan30

Posted August 06, 2007 - 07:39 PM

#3

did u search over at fourstrokes.com? i know i saw it there.

  • motomonte

Posted August 07, 2007 - 10:41 AM

#4

FYI some guy posted the thread size somewhere in the forum,it was listed as being M20-2.5 and as Cleo said most of the B&S engines utilize that thread size for the oil filler caps so you may check at your local salvage parts.One question tough,what would be the max. oil temp on an 650L model since most cooking thermometers top out at 220f.

  • Rman of 237

Posted August 07, 2007 - 11:31 AM

#5

The 650L runs at 250deg and the 400R runs at 200deg (stock oil cooler).:prof:

  • cleonard

Posted August 07, 2007 - 12:14 PM

#6

There are thermometers made for candy making or deep fryers that read up to 400/450 or so.

  • Ryanthegreat1

Posted August 07, 2007 - 05:42 PM

#7

Or you could pick up a digital cooking thermometer for about $10 that reads out to 402 degrees fahrenheit. The digital ones tend to be much more compact than the candy thermometers and are semi trick looking. I found mine at target.

  • DenialDeath

Posted August 11, 2007 - 08:50 PM

#8

I used a M20-2.5 bolt which I cut the head off and drilled a hole down the center. A little JB weld and the thermometer was inserted through the hole. The cooking thermometer I found at walmart for about $6 and it reads to 400 degrees fahrenheit.

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  • Frank ZX

Posted August 12, 2007 - 03:45 AM

#9

I bought a $1.49 B&S oil plug,and a $7.99 digital thermometer at Wal-mart.Works great.Thanks for all your help.

  • Huffa 2

Posted August 12, 2007 - 04:13 AM

#10

I bought a $1.49 B&S oil plug,and a $7.99 digital thermometer at Wal-mart.Works great.Thanks for all your help.


I'd love to see a pic of that, would you please ?

  • Huffa 2

Posted August 12, 2007 - 04:13 AM

#11

I used a M20-2.5 bolt which I cut the head off and drilled a hole down the center. A little JB weld and the thermometer was inserted through the hole. The cooking thermometer I found at walmart for about $6 and it reads to 400 degrees fahrenheit.


A pic of yours too!

  • Frank ZX

Posted August 12, 2007 - 03:22 PM

#12

I will get pic's posted tomorrow.

  • Frank ZX

Posted August 13, 2007 - 01:08 PM

#13

Here are the pic'sPosted ImagePosted Image
Sorry for the bad pic's.

  • HeadTrauma

Posted August 13, 2007 - 01:56 PM

#14

If your camera doesn't have a macro/close-up setting(the little flower icon), then you can hold the camera 6-10ft away and zoom in. It should help clear up the picture some. It looks like yours was focusing on the lower triple alright, so maybe try shooting the dipstick at that distance.

  • Frank ZX

Posted August 13, 2007 - 02:56 PM

#15

Thanks for the advise

  • bigtooth

Posted August 16, 2007 - 05:23 AM

#16

I have the digital termo, it actually looks like its the same one in the pics, but I'm having a hard time finding the plug or bolt with the right threads, none of the autopart stores around here have one, any advice. By the way this is for a 650r, i assume the threads are the same.

  • Frank ZX

Posted August 16, 2007 - 03:47 PM

#17

Try a hardware store,Fastenall,or some place that sells small engine parts.Good luck.





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