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Where is the drain plug located?

Where is the motor oil drain plug located?

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Look on the right side of your bike down under the battery. You should see a hose with a "spring clamp" on it. Squeeze the clamp and pull the hose off of the lug on the frame to drain your oil tank. Helps if the oil is warm.

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  • jfullmer2001 Aug 09, 2011

    My battery is on the left side when sitting on the bike

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    wd4ity Aug 10, 2011

    That's right. The battery is on the left side of the bike and the oil drain is too. Look way down low on the frame behind the rear of the engine. There should be a tee fitting with a short piece of hose that looks like it plugs onto the frame down below where the swingarm connects to the main frame. Harley seems to love moving the oil drain on Sportsters for some reason. What ever happened to the years when the oil drain plug was in the bottom of the oil tank? They also keep changing the location of the oil drain on the big dressers. They're on the bottom of the transmission but there are two drain plugs, one engine oil the other transmission lube. They keep changing the location of the two plugs and you never know which is which. Good Luck. Steve

  • jfullmer2001 Aug 10, 2011

    Thank you very much!! This is driving me nuts!!!

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    wd4ity Aug 10, 2011

    I know the feeling man. Sometimes I think Harley engineers lay awake at night trying to dream up things to do on their bikes to confuse the owners and mechanics. Good Luck and Ride Safe. Steve

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