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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-15-2019, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Oil overfill

Many motorcycle owners have posted - on various forums - about the problem of having an oil service at their dealer, and finding their bike overfilled with oil subsequent to the service. Has happened to me quite a few times, and it's a minor pain in the butt. The best fix is to take care of the problem yourself, by siphoning oil out. I didn't do that previous to a recent overfill situation, because the amount of overfill was fairly minor. But I finally got tired of seeing the oil level be too high and decided to buy a siphon. Long story short...I ordered one siphon that didn't work at all, nor did the second one (both poorly made). So I made one myself, out of a liquid hand soap dispenser pump and some 1/8" garden irrigation tubing. Works like a champ, and cost virtually nothing, compared to the commercially-made siphons I tried that didn't work. So, if you have this problem with oil changes and need a simple fix...here it is:
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-15-2019, 11:17 AM
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Classic flyryder thread.

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It's only a "classic Flyryder post" if I delete it!

But a classic bennymx response, for sure...

TBH, though, when my wife saw the siphon, she said the same thing...McGyver. "Great minds", I guess...

Posted with good intent. I wish I'd had someone point me at this solution a long time ago...

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Syringe and tubbing works well for me.
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I just take the drain plug out. How stupid am I?
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Ridiculous! You would think this is what the drain plug is for the way you are using it.
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I just take the drain plug out. How stupid am I?
It might be a problem if you don't put it back in. For sure your oil level would go down, though.

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There are times when one may overfill when changing oil, especially since sight glass is on the opposite side. If you recall, this is how Benny got his exercise on previous models.

Yes, one could remove the drain plug to let some of the oil out. This could be very messy. On the flip side, one could introduce dirt or other contaminants by putting a tube in the engine.
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Classic flyryder thread.

Seriously benny, if you ever did an open mic night at a comedy club, I'd show up. I'm sure I'd be laughing all night long.

Am I missing some seriously dry sarcasm here? You drain the oil, measure it in according to the manual and it is perfect every time. Level window on the opposite side? Meh.
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No...techs use the manual to add oil during changes, but invariably there is still oil in the engine, which skews the amount needed when filling. It's usually around 200ml.

Using the drain plug to correct? That's a bit like using the kill switch to slow your bike going into a corner.

If you use a pump and tube to correct oil level, it's just common sense not to use a tube that was used during your recent colonoscopy.


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