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So I just changed the oil in my 05 XL 1200c, switching from regular motor oil to synthetic. Now I find out that draining the oil pan only relieves the bike of 2.8 qts, leaving some .8 qts of oil in the crankcase. Is this mix of old oil and new synthetic gonna be a problem? Do I need to drain everything and start over?

Also, I know it recommends setting the bike on the jiffy stand when checking dipstick levels but I couldn't find in the manual whether the bike should be on the jiffy stand or straight up horizontal when draining the oil. Does that matter?

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3.6 figure was a typo in the manuals and refers to a new engine that has never had oil in it before, 2.8 is about right and mixing is not a problem, 2005 is checked on the jiffy stand.
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Why people saying it's ok don't ask their mechanic to add a quart of old oil in their car???

Unplug the return line and let the old oil out then replug: scavenge oil change.

They do it for dry sump engine except our beloved sportster!!!
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Why people saying it's ok don't ask their mechanic to add a quart of old oil in their car???

Unplug the return line and let the old oil out then replug: scavenge oil change.

They do it for dry sump engine except our beloved sportster!!!
I´ve been scavenging the old oil for years.... When I fill it up with new oil, before installing the oil filter, I start the bike and let the old/dirty oil go out through the oil filter housing till I see the new/clean oil come trough... then I stop the motor, install the oil filter and run it again... then top it up to where it's needed.

For the scavenging (some people buy a "scavenger" which adapts to the oil filter housing).... no need for it; just cut a plastic bottle as in a flannel shape so you don't make a mess on the ground/frame, etc.

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