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Trying to top off my clutch reservoir w/o spilling DOT4 everywhere. Had my wife steady the bike in the upright position and handlebars to the full right - then trying to put the rubber gasket piece back in - DOT4 spills.

Any simple advice? or am I just overfilling?
 

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Sound like overfilling..

From what I was told by the mechanic, as the clutch wears, fluid increases in the reservoir.

So, don't "fill" it.. get about 1/2 of the view glass filled. That's how mine is when bike is upright.
 

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The best way is to just fill it enough for the entry hole to be covered with the bars positioned for minimum coverage. ? OK what did I just say? Actually the manual has you remove the plastic on the bars, remove the multi function switches and then loosen the clamp and level the reservoir. I did that on the brake fill and I see nothing but fluid in the window. Better to leave a bit of air in there. Just make sure as you swing it through the range of motion the entry hole stays covered with fluid. It won't go down unless there is a leak.

Also a large garbage bag cut open draped over the paint work then covered with a towel works real well to cut spillage risk.
 

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Go to your local Ranch and Feed store, your favorite General Practitioner or Dentist. What you're after is an 'Irrigation Syringe'. Same as for injection, but with out the tip where you can attach a needle. Usually has a shaped, plastic tip to create a jet of water for wound cleaning.

Pull brake fluid from your sealed container, then slowly add fluid to your resevoir. Do not create bubbles! Go slow. Total control.

Or use a turkey baster - one of the metal ones (Pampered Chef?). Not as much control, but if you're careful....
 
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