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1996 sportster oil tank has 3 hose fitting the 1984 got 4 fitting how do you hook up hose ? from 84 to 96

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Hi, Onebob yesterday I sent you a free service manual that covered both oil line routing systems but I guess that wasn't good enough and since we are thousands of miles apart I can't hold your hand to open the manual the best I can do is tell you that your Sportster oil tanks have:
1. Feed line from the bottom of the oil tank to the oil pump 3/8"
2. Return line from the oil pump to the top of the oil tank 3/8"
3. Vent line from the top of the oil tank to the gearcase 5/16"
If you have an aftermarket oil tank with 4 ******* I can't help you. You will need to do some R&D on your own.
You are welcomed to send me photo's of your tanks so I may be enlightened to your dilemma.
Good luck and have a wonderful day.
FAQ oil line diagram

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The RV sewer system should end in a 3", 31/2" or 4" black plastic fitting that has 2 to 4 plastic tabs that a flexible hose will lock on with a twist. The fitting probably has a cap twisted on. After the sewer drain hose is connected to the RV drain, and secured in the sewer, a 'T' handled pull rod should open the gate valve. Most drain the black tank first, then use the grey water tank to flush the hose clean. If the 'T' handles aren't in your sewer compartment, you'll have to look under the bottom edge of the RV to find them.

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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.

Hi Anonymous, if it's leaking from the case seams aside from splitting the cases and resealing them is to check the torque on the case bolts 1/4" bolts/nuts 10 ft lbs. 5/16" bolts/nuts 20 ft lbs. for all other leaks the usual suspects are:
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2. Imperfect seal at gaskets, push rod covers, washers ect.
3. Restricted oil return line to oil tank/pan.
4. Restricted breather hose to air cleaner.
5. Restricted oil filter.
6. Oil tank/pan overfilled.
7. Bottom rocker housing gasket installed upside down.
Oil leaking from your air cleaner is caused by oil carryover from the engine. For what ever reason the breather system is not seperating enough oil mist and air from the piston downstroke. There are cheap and quick easy fixes and there are more exspensive ones. Start by trying the following:
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2. Run oil breather lines from head into a TEE fitting below carb/induction module then a single line into a mini filter under frame.
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I have a 2006 harley sportster custom and have been told my oil pump has gone out and am wondering where the oil pump is located.

Follow the hoses from your oil tank There are 3 ports on the bottom of the oil tank. The feed, vent and return. The feed hose routes oil from the feed port at the lower right front corner to a fitting on the oil pump. The return hose comes from the oil pump back to the return port on the tank. The vent hose vents out the bottom of the frame.

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What oil line going into the motor is feed and what line is for return 1959 900cc sportster

You need a piece of 3/8" clear hose. Jack the bike up and shift the transmission into fourth gear. Remove the spark plugs. Fill the clear hose with oil and plug it onto one of the fittings on the pump. Now, turn the rear wheel in the direction of normal rotation. Watch the oil in the hose. If the oil moves toward the pump, this is the intake fitting. If bubbles are blown into the oil in the hose, this is the output of the pump.

At the oil tank, the hose coming off the very bottom of the tank is the feed line to the pump. The nipple at the top under the tank filler cap is the return. There may also be a breather nipple on the tank somewhere but I don't think these early models had that.

Is your Sporty an XLH model or an XLCH model?

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How to remove and replace oil pump on a 2000 harley davidson sportster

To remove the oil pump from a Sportster. First drain the oil tank. Disconnect and mark all hoses. Plug the hoses to keep oil from leaking out and contamination from entering. Remove the four bolts that hold the oil pump into the engine and allow it to drop down.

Now, I don't know if they've changed anything since the early '90's on the bikes but they say you can get the oil pump out without having to remove the engine. I've found this not to be true. I didn't have to completely remove the engine but I did have to take the engine loose from the frame at both the front and rear to get the pump out of the engine. I couldn't even get the two rear bolts out without doing this. Hopefully they've made it to where you can get the pump out.

Now, comes a question. Why do you want to take the pump out? On the late models, they've done away with those aggrevating pins that kept shearing. The only late model pump that I've had to deal with had trash in the inlet fitting and stopped the oil flow into the pump. Someone had tried to stop a leak in the oil tank by putting "Creme" fuel tank coating in the oil tank. Never do this. The "Creme" coating is not effected by the oil but it is by the heat. Hot oil is not good for the stuff. It gets brittle, flakes off, and plugs the inlet of the oil pump. Just pull the bottom plate off and clean it out.

Good Luck

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Want to know how to change oil on my sportster

Ride the bike and warn the engine and oil up. Find the oil drain plug. Usually, it's hose large hose that is plugged onto a lug on the frame and has a clamp on it. They moved this lug around seems like every year in that time frame and I can't remember each year. Once you've located the drain hose, pull it off and drain the oil tank. What you doing that, remove and replace the oil filter. This can be particulary messy as the filter is on it's side and oil will run everywhere when you loosen the filter. Oil the gasket of the new filter, screw it on until it makes contact, and then go another 3/4 to 1 full turn. Reconnect the drain hose to it's lug and fill oil tank with three quarts of 20W50 Harley Davidson Syn3 oil and any oil of this viscosity that has a API rating of "CG" for use in diesel engines petroleum based or synthetic. Good Luck, Steve

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Follow the hose that goes to the frame from the oil tank. Loosen the clamp and pull.

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