This tutorial will show you how to install properly the Pro-oiler kit on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 (2010-2013 all models). The kit itself comes with a thorough installation guide but you need to figure out how the cabling should be routed. The Multistrada has already a lot of factory installed electronics, so you don’t want to make any mistakes.
The Pro-oiler kit consists of a Pump, the Control unit, the Dashboard, a Nozzle, an Oil reservoir, a GPS module (optional) and some cables.
In short the Dashpanel connects to the Control unit which send electricity to the Pump which then sends oil from the Oil reservoir to the Nozzle. And the GPS controls how much oil it should send. So let’s start!
Start by revoving the left side front panel. It’s hold by a few alen screws.
The panel will pop-out quite easily. You don’t need to remove any fuses from the fuse box.
At this point I would recommend you to remove, both seat and pilion seat to have easy access to cable routing.
Start by placing the Dashpanel near it’s final location (your preference), and routing the cables near the fuse box.
Now place the Dashpanel- I placed mine next to the Garmin stand (Garmin installation article here: https://desmotrack.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/installing-the-garmin-zumo-350lm-on-a-ducati-multistrada-1200/).
You will need to bring the cable from the Dashboard, to the back of the bike. Marked with green, is how I did that.
Next you need to install the pump behind the side panel. The Pump is electronic so it needs to get electricity from the Control unit.
Remove the back-side panel, hold by a few alen screws.
Remove also the mid-side panel. Now you should have access to the empty space between the panels, and the frame. There is where the Pump and the GPS module should be placed.
Use the fasteners that came with the kit to install the two modules (GPS + Pump) next to the frame. As the kit instructions say, the pump arrow should point towards the direction of the oil flow (that’s towards the sprocket). The Pump should fit nicely, next to the GPS module. Don’t attach anything too firmly at this point, as you might need to move the cables/pump a bit still.
You need to open the cover of the Control unit as instructed on the manual, to connect all the cables. Don’t connect it to the bike’s battery.
The oil reservoir has to sit on a nice place, that’s easily accesible. I opted to install mine under the pilions seat. To do so, I had to open two holes on the plastic part under the seat. Drilling on the top seemed to be safe (no other parts there). You can refill the holes if needed by plastic mold, so this operation is reversable.
The Pro-oiler comes wth strong 3M double-sided tape. Before adding the oil (pictured above) you need to install the Nozzle and route the Pump.
Place the Nozzle with the screw that came with the kit, as shown above. It should slightly touch on the rear sprocket – something which I confirmed with the kit manufacturer.
The Pump you can route along the rear brake cables. It will look as if installed from the factory, and wont touch on the rear wheel at any point.
Here’s the end result. At this point the Oil reservoid, Control unit, Pump, GPS and all cables can be mounted more firmly.
Fill the Oil reservoir with oil up to 4/5 (leave some space for the airflow).
Next you need to take electricity from the side-adapter of the Multistrada. This switches completely off, when the bike is turned off, thus not allowing the Pro-oiler kit to drain your battery at any point. You will need to open the adapter and route the plus (+) minus (-) cables of the Pro-oiler kit.
Once you give electricity to the Control panel, Pro-oiler Dashboard will come to life. It will display a number. This shows how much oil (in scale from 1-9) the kit will send to the rear sprocket, along with any adjustments from the GPS module (based on the bike’s actual speed).
Basically that’s it. As the kit instructions mention you need to pre-fill the pump with oil, so don’t start riding before that’s done. I have done about 1500 km’s with mine so far, both in sunny and rainy days and the Pro-oiler kit seems to deliver what it promises.
It’s maintenance free, you can use any engine oil to refill the Oil reservoir, and it the rear wheel rim staying clean. And no more cleaning the chain, as engine oil doesn’t stick to it for ages.