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post #1 of 15 Old 08-03-2007, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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oil level

I'm probably making more of it that I need to, but which is the proper oil level? One dealer said I should see oil in the sight glass just when the bike is level (standing straight up), another said that's not enough, and I should see it when its on the sidestand. Is there enough of a difference to matter?

When I got the bike (54 miles on it), the level was visible while on the sidestand, and it seemed to shift smoother. Now (600 miles on it) I sometimes have trouble downshifting when the bikes not moving. Maybe Its a coincidence and I have transmission issues. Anyone have ideas or am I having delusions?

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When bike is level oil should be between the lines next to the sight glass.

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post #3 of 15 Old 08-03-2007, 01:04 PM
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I like to have the oil at the top of the window when the bike is upright..on the klr. My husky pukes oil everywhere if I do that.
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post #4 of 15 Old 08-03-2007, 02:02 PM
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i put my oil just to the very top of sight glass when level
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post #5 of 15 Old 08-03-2007, 02:18 PM
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I actually run mine a bit above the site glass when the bike's perfectly upright.
When the bike's straight up and down, I don't want to see anything but oil. If I tip the bike to the left, just as it starts to lean, I want to see the level of oil just start to come into view.
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post #6 of 15 Old 08-03-2007, 04:32 PM
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Yep, I believe this is another one of the KLR's minor issues. Whenever I drain and fill to spec, it goes just above the sight glass.
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post #7 of 15 Old 08-04-2007, 08:22 PM
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The book says straight up. How a dealer would//could say on the side stand just shows how good that dealer is.

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post #8 of 15 Old 08-04-2007, 09:14 PM
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Last time I changed my oil I accedintally filled to just above the top fill line and oil would leak from the oil filter cap when I rode. I drained some oil and it stopped. I change it every 1500 to 2000 miles and fill it to just below the top fill line with the bike level.
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post #9 of 15 Old 08-05-2007, 12:38 AM
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+1 Joe
Gotta watch some of these dealers and their mechs. Most wouldn't know a Doo Hickey is you gave it to them in a labeled package. I've had good luck running mine with the oil in the top half of the sight glass when the bike is straight up.
As for shifting when the bike is not moving. I think you mean getting into first from a stand still? Happens very seldom, when it does I just let the clutch out a bit and it clicks right in.

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-05-2007, 02:22 AM
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Mine came from the dealer with the level at the center of the sight glass with the bike balanced upright. I changed the oil at 500 mi & 1400 mi with 2.5 quarts per the owners & shop manual with the oil completely drained and a new filter. Both times the level is right at the top of the sight glass. No shifting problems. When I check it I hold the handle bar with the front tire pointed straight ahead and the bike at the teetering point. As a side note I use Valvoline 4stroke 10w-40 which meets the specs.
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