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I just did my 2nd oil change on my bike. I can't figure out why removing the drain plug and filter only seems to drain about a quart of oil. Is it just me or is there another way to get the entire oil pan to drain? It confuses me that taking the drain plug off doesn't drain all of it!! Does it need to be leaning? I always have it straight up on a bike hoist.
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Oil pan is nonexistent. You have an oil tank. Where are you draining from?
 

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Like dave said, it sounds like you removed the flush fitting allen plug from the crankcase. You should have a hose on the oil bag that drains it (2014's may be different, not a Softail guy).
 

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I only know I remove the plug that the owners manual says to remove. The one that sits between the rear shocks! Judging by your initial answers, there is another way I am supposed to drain it?


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I only know I remove the plug that the owners manual says to remove. The one that sits between the rear shocks! Judging by your initial answers, there is another way I am supposed to drain it?


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Are you running it prior to draining? How much are you adding to get to the fill line again?
 

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Last time I changed a softtail I pulled the wrong plug (the one that says "never remove." This resulted in very little drainage and I could still see oil in the tank. Once I removed the right drain plug, the tank emptied.


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The engine oil does not drain from the case. The transmission drains from the trans case, and the plug may be between the shocks. . The engine oil on a 2012 Fatboy drains from a hose that exits the right rear of the tank and ends down around the frame.
 

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The engine oil does not drain from the case. The transmission drains from the trans case, and the plug may be between the shocks. . The engine oil on a 2012 Fatboy drains from a hose that exits the right rear of the tank and ends down around the frame.
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between the shocks is the transmission drain plug. The oil drain plug is bottom right rear of the frame below the oil tank. Look for and allen socket sitting just inside a protective ring.
 

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between the shocks is the transmission drain plug. The oil drain plug is bottom right rear of the frame below the oil tank. Look for and allen socket sitting just inside a protective ring.



If he's draining the one between shocks, that's (as stated) the trans plug. Which explains why he's only getting about a quart.....
 

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Which would also mean he's riding with a dry tranny.
Yep. Dry trannies whine. Transmissions with out lube do too.
 

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Doesn't it help to pull the cap off the top of the oil tank first? ? ?
 

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Doesn't it help to pull the cap off the top of the oil tank first? ? ?

Not if you've got the wrong drain hole.
 

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Lol.

Great thread to see..

I'm getting ready to attempt to do my own first oil change!


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Then it painfully appears that just like in life, its about draining the hose, getting the right hole, proper lube use and not making trannies whine.

Who wudda thought?
 
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