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Old 05-30-2009, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pressure in oil tank

The oil tank on my 2002 sportster 1200 builds up so much pressure that it blows the dipstick out of the oil tank.The bike was fine when stored last fall but on the first ride of this season I have devoleped
this problem,Any help would be great.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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most oil tanks are vented to atmosphere, the vent line is probably plugged.
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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agreed! mine plugged up this spring, and then popped a hole and leaked!
it sucks to get to, but can be fixed "without" a trip to the stealer.
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm one of those blasphemous owners of a water cooled Harley, when you find forgiveness for this sin could someone answer a question for me? What is the function of the oil tank on a tradition Harley. Is it for extra oil capacity, cooling or both? I have just hired a soft tail and could not work out what the tank was for and a freind who owns one doesn't know either.

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Old 06-16-2009, 07:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm one of those blasphemous owners of a water cooled Harley, when you find forgiveness for this sin could someone answer a question for me? What is the function of the oil tank on a tradition Harley. Is it for extra oil capacity, cooling or both? I have just hired a soft tail and could not work out what the tank was for and a freind who owns one doesn't know either.

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They're dry sump systems.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sumped ! Did you check your oil and then maybe add some to bring up the level ? Sumped ... too much oil in there !
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