I only use Wix or NAPA GOLD oil filters. They are the best on the market, although a K&N is pretty good too.Well, just on a hunch, I started thinking that maybe the brand new harley filter that I put on when I did the oil change might be defective (bad check valve), something. Figured it couldn't hurt to grab a different filter and some new oil and do another oil change. Only 1.2 quarts of oil actually drained out. I put 1.2 quarts of new oil back in and it filled it perfectly, as well as a K&N filter instead of a Harley filter. Immediately the bike felt better, and within 5 miles of riding, it felt as perfect as ever. I rode 39 miles and it took .882 gallons to fill it so even my mileage is almost back to normal. I don't know what's wrong with that Harley filter they gave me, but it's either the wrong one or defective and caused the sumping condition. Unfortunately upon inspecting the 1.2 quarts of oil I drained out, i found this. Lots of little gold/brass colored flakes. Not a drop of these were stuck to the magnetic drain plug so these flakes are definitely NOT magnetic. Obviously the sumping did some wear and tear on something. I'm scared to find out what. Any ideas?
Good, I am very interested in what happed. Please keep us in the loop.I had a friend point me in the direction of the BEST indy Harley mechanic in the area. He'll be opening up the engine on Saturday to determine the extent of internal damage. Yes I saved the filter, as well as the oil I removed full of the flakes. I'm just not sure how to proceed to determine/prove the filter caused the sumping and ultimately the damage. If I take it to a Harley dealer, they're certainly not going to admit anything, even if they find it to be faulty. If I have anyone else cut it open for inspection, I have no doubt they will say there's nothing I can do as I didn't bring it to them for inspection. Best I can hope for is that the mechanic finds the culprit that produced the brass flakes and fixes it and that they haven't done any hidden further damage that may reveal itself in time. Frustrating to say the least.