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Topend oiling before startup

Discussion in 'Other Norton Motorcycles' started by Beach, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. Beach

    Beach VIP MEMBER

    Aug 27, 2013
    Finishing build on a 1967 Atlas and was kicking over to circulate oil through the system.
    Seems to be good oil flow on feed and scavenge side but no oil flow to topend. The question is, should it flow while just kicking or does it need to be running? If it should flow, what should I check?
  2. Bernhard


    Apr 20, 2011
    Unlikely you will get oil to the top end unless you do a LOT of kicking to turn the engine over. For peace of mind, loosen one of the top head feed pipes start the engine and when oil comes out tighten the bolt. When running checks the oil tank with cap removed and observe oil coming from the hole at near the top of the return pipe-it’s that primitive!
  3. eskasteve

    eskasteve VIP MEMBER

    Sep 24, 2012
    On my Commandos I always remove the valve covers and squirt a lot of oil anywhere that I can before startup either after a rebuild or when taking the bike out of storage. It lubes the rockers, spindles, and drains down the pushrod tunnels and lubes all of those parts also.
  4. dynodave


    May 28, 2003
    On a fresh rebuild I NEVER would recommend any kind of a kicking to preoil.
    STP on the rods gives you 10-15 seconds upon initial fire up. MS2O4 on the cam and lifters. Just before putting the timing cover on, I squirt my oil can into the oil pump spigot and into the end of the crank until it blows back. 1/4 cup oil down each exhaust and intake cover.
    oil pressure gauge in place-check
    My engines always fire on 1-2-3 kicks max-
    instant oil pressure withing 2 seconds...
    oil return at tank pissing like crazy.
    2000/2500 rpm till the barrels get warm.
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