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I am going to change the oil in my rear drive/final drive. I am pretty sure I know how to drain the oil but I was wondering if it would hurt anything to put the bike on the side stand to fill it and then just fill it up till it reaches the top of the hole you use to check the oil level. Might be a little more than called for but would that hurt anything or would I cause a seal to fail from being overfilled? Just looking to clarify things before I start. Did a search but could not find anything, maybe using the wrong title to search with and get the answer I was looking for. Thanks for the help. Randy
 

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hello,

well, using the side stand, might help in the filling, but I think it would be better to go back to the center stand after, because this will give you the correct level, which I think you should stay with if you can. You can always release a little if its over full.

good luck,
 

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Honda says to use the center stand. Fill through the upper hole and stop when it starts to run out. Use a boxend wrench or 6 sided socket (avoids rounding off the flat sides) and don't overtighten it. The seal is via the o ring and too much tightening will destroy the plug since it is a very soft metal.

If you overfill it (either by using side stand or squirting in a big amount and then putting the plug in quickly), when you begin riding and it heats up, it may begin spitting the extra out the vent cap. That will make a real mess on the rear wheel and saddle bags and as thick as that stuff is, it is hard to completely clean off.
 

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I just fill mine up to the hole while on the side stand.

Then put it on the center stand and let the excess run out. Put in the plug and wash off the excess. Perfect fill everytime.
 

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Afew have asked this in the past.The concensus aeems to be that the rear-end will take more fluid on the side-stand, and any excess will be discharged from the vent once underway and fully warmed-up. I've done it both ways, the clean-up is minimal from the slight over-fill.



I haven't experienced any ill-effects, other than the hassle of additional wheel cleaning. I've decided to stick with the center-stand method... :gunhead:
 

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Thanks to everyone for the quick answers. Will follow the the majority and drain on center stand,, fill on side stand then let excess run out on center stand for exact fill. As my neighbor says, piece of cake. Thnaks again
 
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