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Need to know type @ how much oil goes in primary?

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The oil viscosity is usually 15W-40 or 20W-50, depending on your climate. The hotter the weather, the heavier the oil. The amount it takes is on the port where you pour the oil in. It will be in CC's. There are 946CC's in one quart. Always use only motorcycle oil.


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