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Correct bike position to check oil level

Both the owners manual and the service manual for my 2006 sportster 883xl say to check the oil when it is at operating temperature and on the Jiffy Stand. When I took my bike to have it serviced at the dealer I was told by the mechanic that the oil was overserviced by 1 quart and that the oil level should be checked while the bike is in the upright position as if I were riding. Which one is correct the owners/service manuals or the mechanic?

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  • spolkow1 Sep 12, 2009

    So can you tell me why the manuals say to do it the opposite way?

  • spolkow1 Sep 12, 2009

    So can you tell me why the manuals say to do it the opposite way?

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    Dick May 11, 2010

    You are most likely misinterpreting the manual. If you want to double check, drain all the oil and then add exactly the capacity listed in the manual without a filter change. Then check the oil level upright, and on the "jiffy stand". Which one gives the correct reading? That's the way you should check it.

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Up right position. At most shop it is in upright straight position as well, just lifted in the air. That's how we do it at our harley shop anyways

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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    Nate Stansfield Sep 13, 2009

    I do not understand that method. Doesn't make sense. That's why we do it standing up.

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