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When i pull drain plug off oil pan very little oil comes out and oil tank is full

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I don't know what plug you're taking out but it's evidently the wrong one. If you'll look at the oil tank from the right side of the bike, on the backside down at the bottom of the tank you'll see a hose. Follow this hose down behind the transmission and back out just below the transmission. The hose either dead ends there with a plug in it or it connects to the crossmember of the frame that runs across below the transmission. If the hose connects to the crossmember, the drain plug is directly underneath the point where the hose connects. I hope this helps.

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