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Pulling oil through carb breather

89 fxstc pulling oil and making a mess. About a qt over 2000 mi. Ive heard softails have scavaging issues...why and what do I do to resolve the problem?

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By "pulling oil through the carb breather" I assume you mean air breather? The solution to that is to buy an aftermarket "horseshoe" breather. Check Drag Specialties, V Twin Products, etc.

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