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EJSinSWF
18th October 2007, 02:13
I just bought an ’05 XL883. My first Harley. It has 1270 miles on it.
Is it just me or is it very hard to remove the chrome pop-up oil filler cap?
After raising the cap, it is near impossible to “pull up and turn” the cap to remove it from the tank neck. I have had to use a flat blade screw driver to help turn the plastic assembly.
I have oiled the groves and o-ring, but it is still near impossible to get this thing out.
Any thoughts before I wind up breaking it??

Ed

NRHS Sales
18th October 2007, 02:20
The stock cap just plain sucks IMO. Get the temp gauge style instead. Much easier to remove.

Roadster_Rider
18th October 2007, 02:21
The 04-05 ones are worse, my 06 has grooves cut in it to help you grip it.

blastoff99
18th October 2007, 02:25
My 04 was a real pain. Kept me from checking the oil very often.

Don't take this as an insult, but are you putting it in the right way? It is possible to be "180 out," and that will really make you swear.

Snuffy
18th October 2007, 03:36
I've got an 04 had the same problem dip stick apparatus sucks go buy the aftermarket oil temp gauge its much easier.

johnnybgood
18th October 2007, 03:41
I've got an 04 had the same problem dip stick apparatus sucks go buy the aftermarket oil temp gauge its much easier.

:iagree

jbg

paxman1
18th October 2007, 03:55
I agree with Dan

The stock cap just plain sucks IMO.

I still have the 04 original, cut the crap out of my fingers one day, edges by Gillette........

Mark:rolleyes:

shadecorp
18th October 2007, 04:39
:usa2 <powmia :usa2

Same problem.

I too replaced the stock cap with the thermometer cap.

Problem solved.

:coffee

:luvsport :xlrocks

EJSinSWF
18th October 2007, 04:40
Thanks All --
I'll get the Oil Temp Gauge
Anything else than this stock setup.
Ed

Folkie
18th October 2007, 13:31
The stock cap just plain sucks IMO. Get the temp gauge style instead. Much easier to remove.What he said.

shotgun46
18th October 2007, 13:34
My 04 was a real pain. Kept me from checking the oil very often.

Don't take this as an insult, but are you putting it in the right way? It is possible to be "180 out," and that will really make you swear.

You check your oil ?? yea they are a pain to pull off I make the wife do it she has a better grip ! BEG !

Folkie
18th October 2007, 14:28
my 06 has grooves cut in it to help you grip it.That's the first time I heard that. Do the grooves help?

Folkie
18th October 2007, 14:29
Don't take this as an insult, but are you putting it in the right way? It is possible to be "180 out," and that will really make you swear.Is it? I thought it only went in one way around.

grindbastard
18th October 2007, 14:39
Part: 63023-05

Fits '04-later XL models.

MSRP US $45.95

Yikes...does anyone use one made by someone other than HD?

EJSinSWF
18th October 2007, 16:03
Is it? I thought it only went in one way around.

It can only go in one way - wide groove/narrow grove.
I suspect that the o-ring seal inside the tank neck is part of
the problem, and makes it so tight.

Folkie
18th October 2007, 16:08
It can only go in one way - wide groove/narrow grove.
I suspect that the o-ring seal inside the tank neck is part of
the problem, and makes it so tight.Some folks have suggested putting some oil (regular engine oil) on that o-ring to make it easier to get out and put in. Can't say I found that it helped much.

EJSinSWF
18th October 2007, 16:39
In the parts catalog Part #63023-05 says it "provides an easy grip for removal". Not bad. Sell the bikes w/ a useless component, then sell a serviceable replacement. Looks like there is no choice if one wants to check
the oil.

LLOYD883
18th October 2007, 17:10
I have always had the same problem, even the temperature gauge dipstick isn't much easier to remove. I use a wide small diameter rubber band (the ones you find used to hold broccoli together) around the top to help get a grip on it. ;)

Folkie
18th October 2007, 17:18
the temperature gauge dipstick isn't much easier to removeI find it much easier. I had to use a pipe wrench to get the original one off. No problem at all with the temp gauge one.