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Old 04-17-2012, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil Capacity?

I'm new to the Harley world... recently jumped over from the Honda side of things.
I need to knwo how much oil my 2000 HD Dyna Wide Glide holds? I need to do a oil change but can't find anything telling me what the oil capacity is.

also can you suggest a good oil?

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Should be 3 qts. Any good Dino oil unless you want Syn should be fine. I run 50wt Valvoline VR-1 racing.
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I've always used Mobil1 15W50...5qt jugs at Wallyworld for about $25.
As for the oil change - Do a search on 'sumping'...many first timers overfill because they don't understand that some oil can slowly run back into lower part of engine when it sits. When you drain the oil from oil tank, the oil that ran back to the sump does not get drained...now you add what you think is the 'correct' amount of oil and fire it up. VOILA...you got a mess because you have more than the recommended amount in the engine.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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2.5 Qts for a wet refill, 3 Qts for a dry refil. Wet is for routine oil changes and dry is for an engine that has been disassembled, cleaned in solvent and dried.

You could do 2 Qts and work your way up to full with the 3rd. Always measure on side stand, only between the marks for a cold, pre-ride check. If below the marks cold do not fill to top arrow, only enough to get between the marks. With a hot engine, you can add up to top arrow (FULL).

If you think you're going to keep the bike a while, get the shop manual (PN: 99481-00). It will pay for itself in no time.

PS, don't get the wrong drain plug, oil is on the left SIDE of sump, tranny plug is on BOTTOM, facing ground.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ditto on the shop manual. Worth its weight in gold.

Anymore than 2.5 quarts and it will be dribbling oil out of your air cleaner
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As already mentioned 2.5 for a standard change. My dyna will drip oil out of the breather if I add a full 3 quarts. My bike,when hot,stops dripping oil if I fill it to just over the full cold mark on the dipstick when hot.
As far as oil is concerned don't overthink it. Any conventional 20w-50 will last an easy 3000 miles in the engine. 5000 for synthetic. As far as the primary is concerned my clutch felt best with plain old conventional rotella t 15w-40. I found that with a syn oil in there is grabbed funny when cold. Tranny fluid in my bike is red line shockproof heavy however any 70w-90 gear oil(70w-140 if you are in a hotter climate) will work.
Forget putting engine oil in the tranny. Yes it will work but it shears very quickly with the gears pounding on it,gear oil is made for just that type of application.
You are going to get alot of different answers on this question. Just keep in mind that most name brand oils are very similar to each other,so go with what cost less and change it at regular intervals.
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Rogue Chopper Scavanging

The only problem is that you don't gett all the oil out. I bought this scavaging kit from http://www.roguechopper.com/ and it worked. You tap the oil return line and dump all of the oil out after draining the sump.
It was worth the bucks...
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