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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2008, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Well, after 3 years, I think it's time to change the oil in the final drive

Was wondering if I can use a standard automotive 80 or 90W diff. oil?

Thanks in advance, Keith

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2008, 12:05 PM
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As per Clymer
Above 41F SAE 90
Below 41 SAE 80

So use SAE 80/90 varies to amount 3.6-6.2 Imp Ounces
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I usually fill the final drive with the bike on the side stand. That way you get a little extra oil in it. Not enough to slobber out the vent but just a bit more in a part of the bike that doesn't have any too much to start with. I use 80W hypoid gear oil in the final drives.

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I second the 80-90

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2008, 11:03 PM
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On the same subject... something's been bothering me because it seemedstrange to me...

on a 1200 project that I picked up, there was no cap, no ventcap, or any type of lid on the top of the final drive. There was also old oil remnants all over the wheel and the inner saddlebag side. So it appeared that someone had ridden the bike for some time missing the cap/lid/vent.

Anybody ever discovera final drive vent capoff on a 1200? or does this never happen, and more likely someone intentionally left it off or didn't push it in deep enough?

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