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I have a 02 883R with the Supertrapp XR exhaust and the screaming eagle air cleaner. After riding on the highway a few drops of oil will leak from the air cleaner. Is this normal?
 

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Yes it is normal. I am too tired to dig up a link to show you other owners have the same problem but it is normal. Some Sporty's do and some owners refuse to admit theirs does! ;)

I have an XL883C and it is a oily piece of **** mess.
 

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Quite normal. I've heard the easiest and cheapest fix is believe it or not, a feminine hygiene product in the bottom of the air cleaner. (no kidding) But I just had an idea...instead of one of those, try going to a few automotive shops. A lot of them have those oil and fluid absorbing towels to clean up spillage from the floors and such. They can absorb an INCREDIBLE amount of oil. Ask and they'll probably give you a few for free. They are about 18"x18". Cut it into pieces, that should last you a good long while. Am I a genius or what??? :D :D :D
 

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Its never been a major problem for me. I just wipe the A/C every time I clean the bike and this keeps the oil drips to neary none.
 

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Wilki

These engines have a poor pcv (positive crankcase ventilation) system and tend to push large amounts of oil out of the vents in the heads. It is typical to see it if your cruising speed is 3k rpm or higher for any period of time. The oil you see coming out is simply pushed out from the gases that escape around the gaps in the rings. Since the engines are air cooled they require more oil to reach the upper rings to keep them from overheating, thus resulting in a larger then normal amount of positive pressure.

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I had not thought of putting my engine's on the rag but that might not be a bad idea. I have found a catch can works well also.
 

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Its never been a major problem for me. I just wipe the A/C every time I clean the bike and this keeps the oil drips to neary none.
Exactly what I do also and it pretty much keeps oil off the bike. I sort of exaggerated in my previous response. If I don't ride hard and keep the RPM's low it hardly passes oil at all, but some days I ride my bike like a crotch rocket and then the oil is noticeable.

I still think this shouldn't happen and blame Harley Davidson for making a crappy product. I don't want to hear anybody tell me of an aftermarket fix for it because it shouldn't be my responsibility. They should never sell a product that does this plain and simple.
 

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Your Sportster has whats called "umbrella valves" in the head as part of the PCV system, releaving the pressure building up in the base of the engine much like the PVC system in a car. Oil gets past these and then drains down through small holes in the bottom of the rocker boxes back to the engine. What you're getting is the oil that doesn't go through the holes fast enough and gets blown out through two breather-hollow bolts to your air filter. I've found that right after an oil change when the oil level is right to the upper mark my 1200 Sportster had a tendency to leak oil from the breather until it found it's own level (leaked down) which was usually about midway on the dipstick. After that you really had to wind it up to get it to leak. In the meantime I cut a long piece of foam rubber to absorb the oil and ran it along the bottom of the "ham can" wedging it against the backing plate and the can itself. Taking the ham can off and wiping the oil from the inside on occasion helps too in the initial stages before it "finds it's level".

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I work at a car dealer, the towels I was referring to are called "Pig Mats" They are not thick, but they are layered, sort of a nuclear strength paper towel. I grabbed a bunch of them, I am going to try it. Sounds like it could be a better option than wiping out the A/C all the time.
 
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