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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-01-2016, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Manual says position bike vertical to drain. Doesn't say vertical when checking the level on the dip stick.

Just did O & F change.

4 Qts shows full when checked vertical with dip stick screwed in.
Stick measures: add 1 qt when pulled from sidestand position.

Which is it? Where did I miss the fine print?

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Default Nevermind

I just found it. Vertical to check level on stick. Thanks.
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Vertical to drain? Unless something has changed significantly since '11...
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Yeah, my '13 is sidestand to drain too. If you drain vertical you will leave some behind.
I wish it would fully drain vertical so I could use my lift...



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After completing an oil/filter change I make certain of a proper oil level after a ride. I park it on the sidestand. The next morning, I carefully remove the dipstick and with a triangular file, I make a notch along the oil level line and at the same level. Now I can check the oil level anytime when the engine is cold and the bike is on the stand. Makes life a lot easier.
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Default yup . . .

Yeah, hasty post . . . side stand to drain. Somewhere in there it said to position bike vertical for a moment or three to ensure it drains from various places and angles. On the side stand to drain - vertical to check. I like RicZ's concept. Thanks all for fact checking me.
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Yeah Sheets, I do that too--hold the bike vertical a bit to help drain the oil from some nooks and crannys.

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Or you can slowly stand the bike up vertical and then lower back on the side stand then check your oil.

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After making sure the engine's hot, and then draining the oil and removing the filter on the sidestand, I get on the bike and slowly rock it back and forth three or four times, leaning over as much as I'm comfortable with (i.e., don't want to drop the bike). I've always found that some more oil comes out that way. Then, I just add 4.5 quarts. After putting the bike upright in a chock, running it for the specified 3 - 5 minutes, shutting it off, wiping off and screwing in and then checking the dipstick, the level is right at the full mark. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. C. 35,000 miles on my XCT.

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