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post #1 of 23 Old 07-12-2015, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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4 quarts of oil in my 919

Previous owner told me "about 4 quarts should do it". So, I just did my first oil and filter change and filled it exactly 4 quarts. Then I read that's .2 quarts too much. The bike seems to operate ok, but I'm wondering - did I make a mistake that could mess up my bike? Should I lose the 3 ounces? Or is there a forgivable fudge factor?

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The last one - there's some leeway. Can you see the sight glass on the rhs side of the engine to check what level the oil has ended up at? That glass tends to represent upper and lower limits, with a line across the centre for "ideal".

If there is some air space above the oil level in the glass when the bike is vertical, even if it's in the upper part of the glass, I would relax about it. If not, you might want to consider getting the oil level down a bit.

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It'll cause your exhaust bracket to crack, JK, you should be fine. I've never had an issue just dumping the whole gallon of Rotella in


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It'll cause your exhaust bracket to crack, JK, you should be fine. I've never had an issue just dumping the whole gallon of Rotella in
surplus oil also causes your gauge faces to bubble.

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surplus oil also causes your gauge faces to bubble.
...so cruel...

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Actually, I had my oil cap blow out on the road with my right pant leg being soaked with oil as a result. Also ruined the boots I was wearing. It had a small surplus of oil just like that.

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I use a longer oil filter and 4 qts is perfect.

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I use a longer oil filter and 4 qts is perfect.
That actually sounds like a good approach, but since the new filter is on, I'll go ahead and drain 2 or 3 ounces. The last thing I need are oily flip flops or bubbly gauges.

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That actually sounds like a good approach, but since the new filter is on, I'll go ahead and drain 2 or 3 ounces. The last thing I need are oily flip flops or bubbly gauges.
Flip flops?? Seriously?

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Flip flops?? Seriously?
Naw, just goofin'. Not quite atgatt, but pretty close.

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Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

The owners manual is your friend as it speaks not but conveys much.
Yep. I drained enough oil to see a clear line in the window. I realized that even if a full gallon wasn't going to pose a problem, I'd never stop thinking about it. Better peace of mind than to wonder.

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Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

The owners manual is your friend as it speaks not but conveys much.
He is right... You can even download the manual even if you dont have the hardcopy...

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I understand that blowouts like the one I got are rare but they are not pleasant. I was lucky not to crash (there really was a lot of oil) and had to make a makeshift cap with newspaper… It was a really cold day and I also happened to leave my phone at home.

The good thing is that given the quantity of oil that blew out, I had just the right amount left…

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I understand that blowouts like the one I got are rare but they are not pleasant. I was lucky not to crash (there really was a lot of oil) and had to make a makeshift cap with newspaper… It was a really cold day and I also happened to leave my phone at home.

The good thing is that given the quantity of oil that blew out, I had just the right amount left…
Not sure how you would blow an oil cap. Was it a screw on type?

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Yes, it is a screw on.

It is possible that it was loose or became loose somehow. The guy who does work on my bike said he heard about this happening on occasion but it had not happened to him before. He changed the oil at the same time as he did the valve adjustment. He felt real bad and did make it right.

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My vote is 100% that it came loose - 919 has vibes, and things fall off sometimes.

There should not be enough pressure in the crankcase to blow that cap off.

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Well you were right about the battery so I'll have to go with that.

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Flip flops?? Seriously?
that made me go WTF? too...

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4Liter Oil Sight Glass

Hello Everyone,

Today I did an oil change on my Cb919 2003. As recommended I put 4 quart and checked my sight glass. It was at the recommended level.

I started the motorcycle let it cycle for 2-3 mins. Checked the sight glass again, there was nothing there. I understand the oil circulated went inside the system and there will be depletion compared to the initial stage.

However, Sight glass is empty. I cannot see level of oil there. I just want to make sure I am not doing anything wrong and it is supposed to be empty. The sight glass oil level is for when you fill it up. Is that the correct statement?

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Give the oil time to drain back to the bottom of the engine, and check it again - it should be 1/2 way up the sight glass when the bike is upright on a level surface.
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Also, make sure the motorcycle is vertical, not on the side stand when checking the oil.


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