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Old 01-20-2011, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How much oil to put in.?

Hi, I have a 2000 Honda shadow Sabre VT1100.. I just changed my oil and filter And now after i run it for a few Min. and then check the level on the dip stick, It shows its just a little over i ok?

It would be hard to get that little bit back out if i do i, or is it fine.

Thank, dbiddle.

I did put in at first what the book said too..And it did not even read on the dip stick..So i think im about a 1/2 qt, over at the most.

So now it shows its a little over the full mark line..Like i said about a 1/2 qt.. And thats after i shut it off and check it with the bike stright up.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't worry about it unless it is way over the full mark. 1/8 inch or a bit more is nothing to be concerned about.
I presume you ran the engine for a few minutes, shut it off, waited for about 5 minutes and then checked with the bike upright.
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ya know, I may have gotten too particular over time about the oil level being over the Full Line at all, but that particularity was informed by what I read to be the consensus on this forum that it should not be over filled at all. When I need to take a little out I just unscrew the oil filter a little and dribble out a couple ounces at a time. Not hard at all. Jon
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How was the dipstick positioned to get the reading? Did you screw it in or let it set on top of the opening?
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Possible not all the old engine oil drained out?

I fill mine by what the manual says and its spot on every time.


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Old 01-21-2011, 12:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If my memory serves me correctly on the 2000 plus years with too much oil the Sabre Tick raised it's ugly head, I know on my 2002 I have had some ticking and usually kept the oil about 1/2 way between the two marks and that seemed to help, now that I use Synthetic Oil no more tick but I still keep the level between the two marks..........I think it's just a preference with these engines..........

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I use an turkey injector to pull oil out if I over fill. It works well.
Just get someone to hold it level and pull a little out.


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Old 01-22-2011, 08:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Reading the topic, the word dipstick came to mind. I just fill mine to the top.


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