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Tune up going to do a tune up on my 2003 harley sportster but lost my dont know how much oil, what kind , oil filter, plugs ect.

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  • duane turner May 11, 2010

    on my harley i go to the dealer for the plugs and filter and mine is a 1983 sporty i use 10 w 40 oil also i check the transmission lvl on the left side of bike under the top plug to make sure it is topped off spark plugs usually each summer and in the middle of it just to be safe and not be on the side of the highway somewhere broke down



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2qt of 20wx50w oil

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2003 1200 stortster tune up

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My 2003 Sportster is leaking or pushing oil out air filter, my sportster has chrome rocker box covers but none of the rest of the engine is chrome. My mechanic says he has never seen this before.

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6. Oil tank/pan overfilled.
7. Bottom rocker housing gasket installed upside down.
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