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Old 03-28-2010, 08:21 PM   #16
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When they first came out it was 4.7 quarts then the MoCo put out a bulliten saying 5 quarts. Sorry I can not find it. But I will have a better search tonight.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:24 AM   #17
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When they first came out it was 4.7 quarts then the MoCo put out a bulliten saying 5 quarts. Sorry I can not find it. But I will have a better search tonight.
Actually in the 2002 and 2003 Service manuals the capacity is listed as 4.5 quarts. On the attached image from page 1-14 of the 2003 SM it's listed as 4.2 L and on page 2-1 it's listed as being 4.3 L but both pages list it as 4.5 quarts. The similar page from the 2005 SM has it listed as 4.7 L or 5 quarts.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:24 AM   #18
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Cool 4.5 dummies?

as posted by others

"Ok Guys Heres The Scoop From The Factory As Of Today.
02 And 03 Vrods In The Manual States Max Capacity 4.5 Qts.
04 And Later States Max Capacity 5.0 Qts.
The Factory Says That In 02 And 03 They Had Decided That With A New Model They Thought It Best To Put In A Dummy Factor So That
No One Would Over Fill It. They Figured That A 1/2 Qt.low Is
Better Than Over Full As Far As Engine Damage.
So Final Statement From The Factory Max Cap. On Vrsca And B
No Matter What Year 5.0 Qts. This Is Straight From Tech Services
At Harley Davidson.
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so I guess the MOCO is calling the by the book (4.5Qt) guys with airhead experience dummies? and the (5Qt) but never over fill it, the smart guys?
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:27 PM   #19
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"Ok Guys Heres The Scoop From The Factory As Of Today.
02 And 03 Vrods In The Manual States Max Capacity 4.5 Qts.
04 And Later States Max Capacity 5.0 Qts.
The Factory Says That In 02 And 03 They Had Decided That With A New Model They Thought It Best To Put In A Dummy Factor So That
No One Would Over Fill It. They Figured That A 1/2 Qt.low Is
Better Than Over Full As Far As Engine Damage.
So Final Statement From The Factory Max Cap. On Vrsca And B
No Matter What Year 5.0 Qts. This Is Straight From Tech Services
At Harley Davidson.
"

so I guess the MOCO is calling the by the book (4.5Qt) guys with airhead experience dummies? and the (5Qt) but never over fill it, the smart guys?
that is wonderful and typical. i went by the manual until customers started coming back complaining that i hadn`t completely filled their bikes with oil. i started doing 5 qts and didn`t have any more complaints but was worried until i had enough oil changes out there with no problems to know i wasn`t screwing up.
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:15 PM   #20
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I was reading what the owners manual has in it and thought I'd just add my 2 cents. It says when the engine is cold that the oil should only be half way up on the hash marks as it will expand when hot. Adding to full when cold could cause oil to carry over to the air cleaner. Checking when hot, you just add what is needed to bring the level up to full. All from a 2005 Owners manual, page 89.

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Old 04-02-2010, 12:41 PM   #21
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I was reading what the owners............ manual All from a 2005 Owners manual, page 89.
key words "2005" fast forward to 2010........5 years later. does your manual still say to check valves at 10k too?
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key words "2005" fast forward to 2010........5 years later. does your manual still say to check valves at 10k too?
Yes it does say 10,000 mi. Did the HD guys make a mistake? Anyway, I would think you would check your oil and make sure you were to the top of the dip stick. I was just sayin....
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leak: check the air box. extra oil ends up there.

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5 quarts puts mine full, but does the 1250 use more oil? Anyone know, just curious.
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:37 PM   #24
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Well mines full after 4.5 always has been and alway will be I'm guessing. Saves me $5 in oil every change. Been doing this for 30,000 mi.
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Yes it does say 10,000 mi. Did the HD guys make a mistake?
No, you missed the point. a service bulletin came out to adjust the 10k miles to 15k miles on all bikes (but the drag) retroactively.
that means yours too............... your book is no longer accurate about the valves or the oil........
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No, you missed to point. a service bulletin came out to adjust the 10k miles to 15k miles on all bikes (but the drag) retroactively.
that means yours too............... your book is no longer accurate about the valves or the oil........
Thanks for the heads up.
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