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Default Correction: 2004+ XL Oil Capacity 2.8 qts

H-D has finally figured out that the 2004+ XL oil capacity is not 3.6 qts as listed in the service and owner's manuals, but is actually 2.8 qts. They issued a tech tip (#312) for the dealers on 6/15/07. (thank you to the dealer who faxed this to me.)

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2004-2007 Sportster Oil Capacity

Service literature for 2004-2007 XL models incorrectly lists oil capacity as 3.6 quarts (3.4 liters).

The correct amount listed should be 2.8 quarts (2.65 liters).

Oil capacities listed are approximately the amount required to bring the fluid level near the full mark on the dipstick. Refer to the applicable service manual for the complete oil change procedure.

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Be aware that the dipstick has a Full mark to indicate the highest level of oil that should be installed in a hot engine and an Add mark to indicate the lowest level of oil in a cold engine. The engine is designed to operate correctly with the oil level in the range between these two marks. While it is most important to not overfill the system, it is acceptable to operate the motorcycle with the oil level anywhere in the range between the Full and Add marks.
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So, um ...hmmm. What of oil consuption threads? everybody must drain oil and refill. Sounds like some engines could be way overfilled
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Thanks Chris. FINALLY!! They have gotten around to publishing the correct data. It only took them what...... four years?
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Yeah, they must have been get the 2008 info ready and came across this error.

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no chit?
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(Correction 2004+ oil cap. 2.8 qts.)I think its a bunch of b.s. I've been putting in every bit of 3 and 1/2 qts as full as i can get it for over 20,000 miles on my '05 883 and never had any problems. It just don't make sense to say h-d engineers all of the sudden remember what the oil capacity should be? Or to change it to suit their new problems. I might be missing something but it just don't pass the smell taste. There's too much in the '04 and up oil thread for me to keep up with but what I've read i just don't know. Whats the deal? It really looks like nobody knows for sure. The only thing i know for sure is its smelling bad. This can't be too good and can make sells drop like a rock when more people get wind of these problems. The main reason i bought a 883 was it was affordable at the time and i thought i could convert it to 1200cc simple and easy. So much for that crap.
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HA!!! I was right when I did my oil change. I knew I wasn't seeing things!!
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Cool Did Harley Just Put The Dip in Dip-Stick

Interesting, however, I use the over-sized filter and then just put in 4 quarts. That is what I've done each oil change (4) seems to fill the oil tank to the proper mark on the dip stick and I've never had any issues or problems with my 883XL

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(Correction 2004+ oil cap. 2.8 qts.)I think its a bunch of b.s. I've been putting in every bit of 3 and 1/2 qts as full as i can get it for over 20,000 miles on my '05 883 and never had any problems.
You can really get 3-1/2 qts in there? That's amazing. It's the first time I can remember someone saying that.

I wasn't relating this to the oil usage thread at all. I thought it was a well known fact that the bikes don't hold anywhere near what the manual says, and most people end up putting about 3 qts into the system total. I just figured HD was saying it officially. Well, the fax LOOKED official. Maybe it was a scam or someone playing a joke on me. Any dealers who can confirm the tech tip?

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Wow, they could have asked any of us for that one...
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