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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-19-2007, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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oil drain plug o-ring substitute

Has anyone found a substitute o-ring for the side oil drain plug?
$5 for a simple o-ring at the local dealer is just ridiculous!
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Have you checked an auto parts store or the usual Home Depot or Lowes? They may have a ring you can use.

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I would not use a substitute. If you use a little care (don't over-tighten the plug), the O-ring will last for years. I also don't understand the $5, my dealer charges $2.50. But even $5 every 2 or 3 years is pretty minor.
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Tell the dealer ya don't need the gold plated one. $5 does sound over priced.
Does the dealer also sell Hardleys ? That could explain the high price.

I'd try a auto parts or hardware store to see if they have one of the same size but cheaper.
Wouldn't hurt to take the o-ring & drain plug with ya.


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If you ask at an Ace hardware, they typically have a huge cabinet of o-rings of every size known to man. Take yours with you to match up. Probably 50 cents.

When I rebuilt my kz1000 4 carbs, I dissassembled the carbs and took all the o-rings to Ace and bought new ones to replace all of them. Seems like it cost me 2-3 dollars for all of them.

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when I needed an O-ring the dealer told me to go and get it at the hardware store...that it was overpriced from them
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Thanks for the replies, the local Kawasaki dealer here in Greenville, TX doesn't carry them but priced it at $5.50 and 7 days to get it, I purchased it at a Kawasaki dealer in Garland, TX for $3.98.
The local dealer also priced a Kawasaki oil filter at $15, the Garland dealer was $10. I'm just really surprised there can be that big of a price difference between dealers.
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The local dealer also priced a Kawasaki oil filter at $15, the Garland dealer was $10. I'm just really surprised there can be that big of a price difference between dealers.
At an auto parts store/Wal-mart it'd be even cheaper and work just as good.


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Try any good hardware store or plumbing shop.And ya may want to stay away from that dealer.
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If ya take a look over at Y!, in the files section "Oil and Oil filter info" there's a list of both filters and O rings that'll work.

There's a large following of the walmart supertech filters ($2). I personally use the napa gold filters (apparently made by wix - or at least used to be). Picked a bunch up on sale for $3.50 (usually 7) - probably will try the supertech filters when I run out (it'll be a while, I picked up 8 filters - at 3k per change that'll be 2 years).

Sounds like ya got it taken care of but thought I'd add for anyone searching posts...

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