has anyone found a new better dipstick for 10th gen?

  1. Gruber

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    I really don't feel the pain of those who have issues reading the dipstick. Just to help others I tried to sandpaper my dipstick and this made it a bit easier to read, because the contrast between wet and dry increased, but the boundary between wet and dry tended to become more diffuse with time because of too good wetting causing the oil to creep up. Of course it's great for normal, quick reading. I'll try painting this dipstick with some paint I will select, to make it even better.

    So then I too bought a fresh new OEM dipstick ($10 or so at the dealer parts dept.). I can read the OEM dipstick with a precision to a fraction of a mm every time. What seems to be the problem? Maybe too weak glasses? The reading is so accurate, you can tell the difference between the sides of the dipstick, because it doesn't hit the surface of the oil at exactly right angle. So for maximum precision ( e.g. to see a difference one drive made) it's best to read always the same side of the dipstick, and if it's curved (which it is, slightly), it need's to be put in the same way each time. Then you can read it to 0.2 mm if you wish...way too accurate for everyday layperson dipsticking needs, but useful for Advanced Studies of the Dynamics of Oil Dilution. :coffee:

    Who cares about the color of the plastic or the color of oil? I look at the dry-wet contrast. I can read the level of white, colorless kerosene on this dipstick just as well as new or used oil. Admittedly though, not everyone is a professional experimentalist like me....:dunno: Actors, musicians and poets also own cars....and I understand they might have problems.

    This is my current dipstick. It's at -5.0 mm (below the center of the "full" mark). The distance between the two markers is about 17 mm.
    If I make either a typical 20 -30 miles daily driving or if I don't drive at all, the day-to day reading will be exactly the same.

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    Just a little bump here, I noticed MAPerformance has the SuperStik on clearance for $50, total for me was $58.60 shipped. At that price, I'll take a gamble and see how much easier or more repeatable my readings are.
     
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    #18 JT Si, Jan 3, 2020
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    Don't buy it, it doesn't fit.

    The barrel of the OEM dipstick is 8.7mm, while the superstik I received for the 2017-2018 Honda Civic Si is 9.05mm. Just enough it won't fit into the dipstick tube.

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    The dipstick itself looks like it's great quality. I wish I could use it....
     
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    How about just breaking off the orange piece and making some marks where the holes were?
     
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    I have the same issue, I can read it but it's difficult compared to any other dipstick I've ever had before. My wife's Santa Fe has a dipstick that has a buffed/opaque/non-shiny area on the end where you read the oil level, I can immediately see the oil/dipstick contrast. Not so with the Type R dipstick.
     
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    Don't need any fancy dipstick.. just press it against a paper towel and you can read the oil level..
     
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    Picked a Superstik up and seems to fit the Type R. I didn’t see the Map Performance clearance tip, so ordered directly and paid full boat :(

    41DDAD17-68FD-4955-85ED-DDA99A920A01.jpegSuperstik has a button to press and hold so it vents when inserting fully. Allows for accurate, repeatable readings.


    B5601BB3-894C-4EFA-AFFF-6CA7524959A5.jpeg Tip comparison. The Superstik has a coating that resembles a sandblast effect.


    A3429B2E-11E0-421F-BAC7-AB4A9B0BBF84.jpeg Superstik installed. Sits higher than OEM and doesn’t have that satisfying “snap” when it’s fully seated. This is because it’s missing the little black ball that’s on the factory dipstick.


    A6EEFD20-8229-4B6A-A9B6-EFB42204E7F7.jpegVery easy to read. Even at night with poor lighting.
    The venting feature works nicely. Works as described.


    8E1455AB-8057-4003-86A6-F9C0B2A4519E.jpegOEM for comparison, under good lighting. Difficult to see on that darn orange background.
     
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    Can you take some calipers and measure the size of the barrel of the OEM dipstick and the superstik you received?

    I've been through two Superstiks for the 1.5T and both have been too big to fit. The OEM dipstick measures 8.7mm while the superstiks are both over 9mm. Between the slightly larger size and the fact its hard aluminum vs. soft malleable plastic, they absolutely will not go into the dipstick tube.
     
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    #24 fatherpain, Jan 30, 2020
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    76006E95-A0AC-4AF7-A10C-8B942FC7597F.jpeg OEM O.D. For 2018 Type R


    F94966DB-82CC-4ECE-9CC7-387EB7A7389D.jpegSuperstik O.D.


    C28ABADB-3E62-4E72-8BE5-D91920389649.jpegBoth measured the same O.D. I came up with a reading of 13/32” which translates to: 10.318mm


    9CAC0C6B-B88E-46B8-83BC-BB435964806F.jpegWhile taking the measurements and comparing, realized the issue likely could be fixed simply by removing the orange plastic tip and the OEM dipstick will be just like the Superstik, minus the vent valve and sandblast coating, but should be easier to read, and you wouldn’t need to purchase an aftermarket dipstick.


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    A daylight shot of the Superstik installed. Again, it works great, but is a little odd looking compared to the OEM....and the OEM dipstick likely would be easier to read by just removing the orange plastic tab from the tip.
     
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    I'm glad to see that it's just the 1.5T dipstick that isn't sized right.
     
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    I'm going to talk to a buddy of mine and see if we can come up with something, I have been thinking about how stupid this is as well with the orange tip lol.

    Another option I can think of off the top of my head is using the existing holes on the orange tips, use a small drill bit and drill holes for the max and minium lines. THEN break the orange tips off with a Torch. I may grab a spare dipstick and attempt that.
     
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    I’m pretty sure all that would be needed is to cut or pry off the orange plastic. The metal would remain with the marker holes and the oil level could be more easily seen.

     
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