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Hi All

While looking at the bikes for sale on ebay on a wet afternoon last week I saw a Norton Commando for sale and the owner had fitted a valve in the oil line to prevent wet sumping but here is the clever bit - it had a combined electrical switch in to cut off power to the ignition to prevent starting with the oil shut off.
I know that the Commando is coil ignition but it could be possible to connect the switch to earth the magneto on an A10 when the valve is off so that the sparks from the mag are killed, thus preventing start up.
Has anybody done this before and does anybody know where I could get an oil valve with a combined 3 pole changeover switch?
I know that it will not be fail safe like the Commando where even if the wires fall off or the switch fails the bike will still not start but if there is an electrical open circuit using the kill switch method the bike could potentially be allowed to start with the valve still switched off.
I also saw a bike in the past which had a long red lever on the valve which when closed was in the way of the kickstart lever preventing operation.

Any thoughts?

Jim
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #1 on: 30.03. 2010 12:29 »
G'day Jim,
             I have been thinking about a AWSV for my '51 as it only takes 2 weeks to empty the tank into the sump then seeps into primary and then all over the floor !!! But like you, would want a safe system.
I was thinking along the lines of a solenoid activated valve wired into the ign switch (I use Boyer ign). So when power (sparks, electricky) is on the valve is open. The switch could also un-earth the magy on yours.
I'm not that up on whats available in switches or valves, but if I thought of it I'm sure someone else has and made it. Just got to find the right one.
I like the big red lever blocking the kick start.
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #2 on: 30.03. 2010 12:48 »
G'day Muskrat

Solenoid would be a good idea but not sure if I would want to trust it staying open or a wire dropping off or a fuse blowing at high speed - wouldn't take long to seize if you were too slow in whipping in the clutch (and you would not know it had closed until the engine seized). I have had bad experiences with the reliability of solenoids in cars.
If an oil valve with a three pole changeover switch were available it would suit all eventualities and if you were to power your leccie ignition via the "make" set of contacts it would truly be fail safe as the engine would stop both in the event of the oil valve being manually closed or an open circuit through the switch and wiring. Mag A10s would use the "break" set of contacts and earth one side although it would not be fail safe.
I am also thinking of fitting an oil pressure gauge - seems quite straightforward having read a few items on the forum.
There are people on the forum from all trades and professions so perhaps someone may know where we can source a valve.

Jim
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #3 on: 30.03. 2010 13:03 »
Jim, I've fitted an oil pressure gauge to mine with the gauge in my line of sight between the two clocks on my RGS. This gives me a comfort factor but doesn't prevent wet sumping. However, if combined with an ASV a quick look at the gauge after starting will confirm that the ASV hasn't stuck closed and also at high revs another quick look at the pressure will confirm the oil pump inlet isn't being starved. As you said the fitment of pressure gauges is on the forum. There isn't any electrickery involved.
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #4 on: 30.03. 2010 13:08 »
Yes I see what you mean. My oil pressure gauge would tell me, I ride with one eye on it. (hang on I only got one that works)LOL. It's quite easy to install a OPG and a good feeling to know you have some. Mine runs 50psi hot at 1500 rpm and 20 psi at idle. It will be quite some time before I get into the guts of it to fix the problem as it's only done 20 thousand since last freshen up.
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #5 on: 30.03. 2010 16:28 »
Jim,
You could try calling A W Dove, 322 Skip Lane, Walsall, WS5 3RA on 01922 623571.
He sells taps with a magneto earth built in for AMC twins and singles. I think he sells lots of them as AMCs are notorious! I don't have his taps on my own AJS/Matchless twins as I made my own, so I don't know what the dimensions are - but he might be able to give you enough data to tell you whether the thing would fit or what level of plumbing would be needed to make one fit. I've seen his installed on Nortons as well, but that's as far as my knowledge goes. A mag earth is easier than most things to rig up - as long as the earth is reliable.
Some people fit taps with levers which the kickstart forces open just in case! Not elegant - but could save an engine if no other fail-safe were included. For there are a few people out there who rued the day they ever thought of fitting a tap, I've met a couple!
Like others, I'd avoid solenoids like the plague . .

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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #6 on: 30.03. 2010 17:45 »
I have had problems with wet sumping on my A10. I removed the oil sump plate and drilled a hole in the centre. I got a local engineering company to make a boss fitted with a hex plug which I then welded into the sump plate. If the bike has been standing for a few days I remove the plug and allow the oil to drain out, refit the plug and I am away, only takes a couple of minutes, no problem simple as that. I filter the oil and use it again. The simple ideas are the best.
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #7 on: 30.03. 2010 20:34 »
You can buy proper finned alloy ones for about £20, ebay has them and they are delivered to your door.

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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #8 on: 31.03. 2010 11:54 »
And when you do, get one that has the drain plug in the side, not the middle.
instal it with the drain plug on the left side then you can drain it with the bike on the side stand.
More important if it falls out then you lubricate your left boot and get lots of smoke off the left pipe to warn you what has happened.
Put it in the middle and the first time you notice that it has fallen out will be as you slide down the road getting oil splattered on your face off the rear tyre.
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #9 on: 31.03. 2010 19:44 »
Those finned sump plates are neat, just don't be too ham fisted with the spanner. I've had to helicoil both of mine. I aslo drilled the plug for lock wire.
Most of us here know that wet sumping is due to the little ball and spring hiding inside the cases behind that little screw. In future anytime I split the cases it will be replaced. But in the meantime a valve would be good.
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #10 on: 31.03. 2010 20:55 »
Hi All

Thanks for the ideas. I like the look of the OPG on your RGS Alan - I will probably fit one in the same place. What flexible oil line did you use? My tacho drive is on the side of the timing case so there is plenty of room to fit a union by the OPR valve on the flat surface to the side. Is it possible to do it without dismantling the covers or is the risk of swarf in the oil too great (even if I changed the oil aterwards)?
The PO has fitted one of the finned sump jobbies with a drain plug but I am getting too lazy to drop the plug out before rides - I will certainly drill it for a lock wire. He also fitted a one way valve so removing that is my first job.
Thanks for the contact for the AMC oil tap Groily - I will give him a call tomorrow.

Jim
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #11 on: 31.03. 2010 21:19 »
G'day All,
Thought this article might be interesting for some.
There are quite a few reasons why a bike will wet sump.
http://bunnbreather.bigblog.com.au/post.do?id=219490

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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #12 on: 31.03. 2010 22:14 »
Jim, the pipework from the engine to the gauge is small bore copper up the an adaptor under the tank and then clear/white flexible up to the gauge to cope with steering movement. All components came from Speedograph Richfield (check out their web site). You can specify the pipe lengths to them so that they can correctly fit the pipe end fittings for you. Tim is the phone guy and is very helpful but know what you want from their listing to suit your needs before you phone and he'll make sure things will fit together.
It is possible to drill and tap for the case fitting without a major tear down, but take care you know precisely where to drill relative to the oil galleries near the end of the PRV. Don't drill too far out towards the PRV or you'll end up only seeing the oil pressure when the PRV opens. Check PRV insertion length into the case to work this out.
Try to block off if you can and I used a vacuum cleaner to help extract any small alum. bits during the work which needs to be carried out in small steps to reduce the quantity of bits produced at any moment.
Others on this forum have done this and may add some extra words of wisdom.
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #13 on: 01.04. 2010 11:30 »
G'day Cus,
              just put a bunn on the cafe. Seems to work, less oil leaks, revs a little quicker.
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Re: Anti wet sumping valve with combined kill switch
« Reply #14 on: 01.04. 2010 22:41 »
Quote
Thought this article might be interesting for some.
There are quite a few reasons why a bike will wet sump.
http://bunnbreather.bigblog.com.au/post.do?id=219490

A very good move Musky.
Rex, who designed the "improved" breather because he was too lazy to pull the barrel of his B40 and do the traditional fix to stop oil running up the stud and leaking from under the head nut washer, has now become a world authority on crank case breathing.
Seems that no one in the past actually did much in the way of research into crankcase breathing each designer just followed the theories of the previous generations ( make a vaccuum in there and it won't leak ). The idea of pulling fresh air into the cases then expelling the old air had just not been done.

Auckland uni ( I think ) has just made a research grant available so they should be some substantial improvements in the next few years.
Most of the ones fitted to members bikes have gone onto singles but a BSA twin is in effect a 2 cylinder single due to the 360 deg crank.
Apparently the historic racers have taken to them big time and get significantly more power & better acceleration from the breathing system.

Talk about giant elms from little acorns.
Best still is that he now has access to better materials consultants that myself so he should be able to find or have made better valves. At present he still cuts them by hand from scrap rather than buying them in prepunched from virgin material which effectivly halves the price. The stuff ( which I will not reveal) is more expensive than carbon fiber impregnated kevlar.
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