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Old 16th March 2009
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Default change the oil in my 73 Xlch

Just kinda curious, What's the best way to change the oil in my 73 Xlch? I know their are several drain plugs, and a primary plug. Is it necessary to purge the lines? I know it's not a good idea to remove one or more of these plugs. As always your responses are greatly appreciated.

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Not necessary to purge, or to ensure that every last drop of used oil is out of there. There are two oils - engine oil and primary oil.

The engine oil is usually just drained from the oil tank. This will typically leave 1/2 quart or so of oil behind and we just do not think about it. One drain plug for that.

The primary oil is usually drained from a drain plug on the bottom of the case, on the left side, just behind the footpeg position. There may be one or two other pipe plugs elsewhere on the bottom, but the usual recomendation it to leave these alone.

If any plugs are unusable then use a "drill pump" or similar to remove any oil.
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Do not remove the drain plug which drains the oil out of the crankshaft during oil changes. The treads tend to strip easily.
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Does any one know if the clutch spacers used on the 74 pressure plate can be uued on the 73 I know the manual calls for a specific distance from the release disc to the drive plate. The 74 setup calls for them the 73 does not. Is the 74 set up any better? as I had used a set of dial calipers last time to set the distance per the manual specs, with the spacers you just snug down the nuts and your done.I'[m having slippage issues]
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Yes they can , and you can make then using steel brake line tubing.
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What's the required I.D. of the tubing?
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...If they snag up on you, just give them a light pass with a round file.
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