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post #1 of 3 Old Jul 20th, 2007, 6:52 pm Thread Starter
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Fluid Checks/Filing Gas Tank


OK get the manual out, go fluid checking, using torch as needed.

Engine oil a wee bit from full and I will watch it from here.

Brake leaver side full in the sight glass horizontal.

Coolant I could not for the life of me tell. either it is completely full, or completely empty, as even running a torch (love that term, and am I supposed to get one in my glove box?) up and down it. I could not discern a line anywhere.

Very troublesome

More troubling

The clutch side is just at minimum on the sight glass, center on the dot, half bubble, on horizontal.

Is that correct?

And does it really take Dot 4 as the lid says?

I also am a little paranoid from hearing others over filling the gas tank and have a canister/vacuum lock. How do you know from looking at it while filling you got enough? I did not get a complete fill up according to the gage by a bit. I like to fill to the brim, but do not want to run into trouble on this.

Sorry for the newbie questions, but need to make sure.

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post #2 of 3 Old Jul 20th, 2007, 7:42 pm
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Welcome to the fold.

Coolant - pop the seat and open the expansion tank cover and look down in there sould see some blue fliud. Sight opening on saddle bag is worthless.

Oil should be visible in the glass on the centerstand. Anywhere from the center dot up is OK.

Brake is OK

Clutch is OK Center dot with the bars turned to approach horizontal. Just keep an eye on it because if it goes down then you have a leaking slave cylinder. Yes it takes DOT 4 (synthetic is good also as long as it is DOT 4)

You did not mention the year. The 1999-2000 brake level will go down with wear. 2001 up there is a reservoir with two chambers behind the right rear (riders) saddle bag. That will drop with wear the front won't. 05 & up too hard to check level but blinking ABS & warning lights will flash to let you when it is low.

Fill the tank on the side stand and stop when it is at the bottom of the filler neck and you will be fine. Don't jam the nozzle in the hole as the sending tube is close and you could dent it with the nozzle.

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Thank you for the reply.

Yes I am riding the piss out of it not long runs 60 -70 miles. And trust me the first 200 miles I was pretty conservative but now I am running it into the 4000 range for shift points, down shifting AND braking, to push some compression on the rings.

Just want to be sure the blood is in there for this spirited 1000 miles to service. I was told 600-1200 will be fine. Not what I did on Harley builds but if the guy is going to service me and advocate for any warranty work, I will follow his instructions, and also do my part to ensure proper levels.

The clutch fluid level had me a bit worried as I would expect a full, or near full level as the references on the various other sight glasses use this level for reference. Following that logic I would fill to a bit under the full sight glass and watch from there as I am doing on my oil level????

Is there a reason to run at minimal level for the clutch?

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