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As the chain is automatically cleaned and lubricated, only chain tensioning is necessary which is at much longer intervals due to the reduced chain and sprocket wear. However, depending on how clean you like to keep your bikes you may still find you want to give the chain a clean now and again, but what you’ll find in doing so is that it will be so much easier to clean with a Scottoiler.
No. With our vacuum operated kits only a very small amount of air moves back and forth to operate the valve. The engine side of the diaphragm is ‘closed’ so no air can be drawn in. The unit does not use a continuous vacuum. For our electronic kits they simply take a power feed from the battery.
A flow rate of between one to two drops per minute will provide an oil-film which will not pollute the running surface of the tyre and will give a dramatic improvement in chain life. In conditions where high levels of dust, sand or heavy rain are present – more oil flow will be necessary to extend chain life.
The Scottoiler vacuum systems are switched on and off automatically by a simple connection to the engine. This design enables accurate flow adjustment when the bike is stationary enabling correct chain lubrication without excess oil. To find out in more detail how our different systems work, check out our how it works page.
It really depends on the system you’re going for – check the individual product pages for details on range between refills, but as a rule of thumb you’re looking at somewhere around 500-1000 miles. Using the Magnum HCR (High Capacity Reservoir) or Lube Tube can increase this further still.
‘O’ rings are made of rubber which has a high coefficient of friction. Unless the surfaces are kept moist, the rubber will harden and crack, exposing the link-pin to dirt and wear. The resulting ‘tight spot’ makes chain adjustment impossible. Two kilowatts of power can be converted to heat by seal friction on ‘O’ ring chains. So, the answer is yes, you need a Scottoiler on any sealed chain!
Yes to all three. For more specific info just get in touch with your question.
For riding in the UK we recommend you use blue Scottoil. The red High Temperature oil is ideal for touring abroad, but was developed specifically for Singapore, Australia and Parts of America that are on average in excess of 30 degrees. It is in a red labelled bottle and is red in colour. Because of the increased viscosity this oil is also better suited for use with older Scottoiler kits or with faster flowing oilers. For more information on the different oil options check out the Scottoil page.
Yes, it is possible to do, and something we have done successfully – however… It is imperative that oil is dispensed actually onto the front sprocket face, and not simply dripped onto the top of the chain. If oil is dropped onto the outside of the chain it will simply be thrown straight off again. By dispensing onto the sprocket face, the oil is centrifuged outwards and has to run over all of the surfaces of the chain, and hence lubricate them all, before being thrown off.
(All lubricants in terms of chain lubrication are constant loss! The reason why the Scottoiler is such an effective solution is because it has a slow and accurate flow rate and continues to replace what is continually being lost.)
Whilst there are some bikes which have relatively easy access and large clearances around the front sprocket area, there are many more which have integral clutch parts on the front sprocket covers and also very little space. In our experience of recommending installations which the majority of our customers and dealers can install correctly, our rear sprocket mounted options afford significantly better success rates for safe installation.
We don’t recommend this for a variety of reasons. Firstly the chain will ‘slap’ around – and risks pulling out the nib.
Secondly, when the rear wheel is turning it creates a draft which will suck the oil drop towards it before it’s had a chance to land on the chain. The most common reason for customers having excess oil on their wheel is due to incorrect installation in this way.
We continue to recommend dispensing actually onto the rear sprocket face to prevent this happening.
We don’t recommend this as the oil will land on the outside of the chain, and simply get flung straight off again as it rounds the sprocket. We recommend dispensing oil onto the face of the rear sprocket, so that the oil is thrown outwards by centrifugal force and has to pass all over the chain surfaces before it can be lost. Capillary action (oil being drawn over surfaces) will allow the oil to feed to both sides of the chain, however an initial film of oil is advised first so that the Scottoiler system simply has to ‘top this up’ in day to day riding.
Scottoiler Chain Cleaner and a small brush is the easiest way to do this, and recommended by both chain and bike manufacturers. Our Chain Cleaner won’t damage the “o” rings in the chain. Once you’ve cleaned the chain, we’d suggest drizzling a little Scottoil all along it, and wiping off excess. This will provide an initial film of oil where it’s needed – the Scottoiler system can then be set to 1 drop per minute to maintain this film.
We are occasionally asked the question “If I fit a Scottoiler to my motorcycle, will it invalidate my manufacturer’s warranty?” There seems to be a lot of confusion around this as the regulations are complex and not widely known. Many people, including vehicle suppliers themselves, do not know the answer and have been known to supply incorrect information, so we thought we would try and answer the question for you once and for all, so here goes!
In the majority of cases fitting a Scottoiler to your motorcycle will not invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty as it can easily be done without any modification of OE parts. On rare occasions for installations on some motorcycles it is necessary to either cut a vacuum pipe or insert a spigot into the manifold. In these cases you are making irreversible modifications to your motorcycle and therefore it could be argued that the product will invalidate your warranty. This type of installation of a Scottoiler is used rarely and mainly on older models (most of which have exceeded their manufacturer’s warranty period), with most modern motorcycle installation simply requiring the system to be plugged in to the engine to obtain a vacuum.
To identify the type of installation required for your motorcycle simply refer to our model specific installation guides.
This position with warranty and the fitting of a Scottoiler is determined by the Motor Vehicle Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulations which are supported by the European Motorcycle Industry Association ACEM. These regulations cover the issue of fitting parts and accessories to a vehicle that are not the manufacturer’s original equipment and state that vehicle warranties cannot be invalidated if these conditions are met:
- Parts used are of matching quality as the component used for the assembly of a motor vehicle.
- Parts used are of the same specifications and production standards as those used by the Vehicle Assemblers.
- Parts manufacturers/suppliers are able to issue a quality certificate.
Scottoiler products are produced to the highest standards of quality and carry the German TUV. Scottoiler is also one of only 5% of UK companies to have both ISO9001 and ISO14001 standards. Scottoiler supplies parts to the vehicle assemblers of equal quality to those found in our aftermarket accessories and as such meets all the above requirements of the regulations.
Scottoiler have been making and selling chain lubrication systems for over 25 years. By following our installation instructions a Scottoiler unit won’t harm your motorcycle in any way. To ensure best results we recommend professional installation.
If you are in any doubt about this then please contact us directly so that we can help resolve the issue.
When setting your “drip rate” the number visible on the display corresponds to the seconds between each drop. Therefore, a setting of for example ‘180’ would be a drop every three minutes and is the SLOWEST drip rate available.
Conversely a drip rate of ’20’ would be 3 drops per minute, and the FASTEST drip rate available.
Scottoiler recommend setting your drip rate to “60” as a starting point, which will give you one drop per minute and can be adjusted as necessary thereafter.