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Transmission service help please!!!

I'm far from home, and my transmission fluid is low. I have more oil (Amsoil 75w-90) but my problem is I called 4 different places (3 dealers and 1 independent) and got 4 DIFFERENT ANSWERS! Can someone please tell me for certain the CORRECT way to service the 6-speed in my 08 R.G.???

1) Hot or Cold?
2) On the Kickstand or Vertical?
3) Dipstick Threaded In, or Resting ON the Threads?

I have an 850 mile ride to get home Monday/Tuesday, and I really don't want to mess up my Trans my over/under servicing.

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On my 13 it is park on level surface and on jiffy stand.Thread dipstick in until o-ring touches case and then check on dipstick. Doesn't specify hot or cold. Cannot verify if this is the same on an 08.

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Not sure if they are the same. From my 2012 Manual..

Allow Vehicle to rest for a few moments.
Resting on the Jiffy Stand on a level surface
DO Not Thread in check but resting it on the threads.

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If you got 4 different answers from 3 dealers and 1 independent, I'd say someone needs more training in their service departments. Let us know, based on the accurate information you received here, which dealer/independent had the correct answer for you...if any!

And to add one more thing...it is better to be a little low than to have too much because once that oil gets heated up, if you have too much bad things can happen.

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this is directly from the 2008 owner's manual:
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Tranny fluid

If your not sure on how to check it, how do you know it's low? (side stand is what you want, resting on threads). Unless you know you have a leak I don't think it's low unless not enough was put in at last service. I've never had tranny fluid change levels between changes, there is nowhere that it can go.


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If you got 4 different answers from 3 dealers and 1 independent, I'd say someone needs more training in their service departments. Let us know, based on the accurate information you received here, which dealer/independent had the correct answer for you...if any!

And to add one more thing...it is better to be a little low than to have too much because once that oil gets heated up, if you have too much bad things can happen.
The indy & the nearest dealer here in Idaho said dipstick threaded IN.
The Dealer I bought my Glide from from in Colorado was correct.
The Dealer nearest me in Colorado said the bike should be VERTICAL.

Yeah, I did over-service it. I had to get creative & used two drink straws to draw oil back out.

Now I need to decide if I should find some Amsoil 20w-50 before I leave as my engine is 1/4 quart low.

By the way, Thanks for the help everybody!

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If your not sure on how to check it, how do you know it's low? (side stand is what you want, resting on threads). Unless you know you have a leak I don't think it's low unless not enough was put in at last service. I've never had tranny fluid change levels between changes, there is nowhere that it can go.
On the side stand, warmed up, it was at the bottom of the dip stick threaded in, and off the end resting on the threads. I just had it serviced about a month ago. (Under-serviced I hope) Shame on ME for not checking in before I left town...

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The indy & the nearest dealer here in Idaho said dipstick threaded IN.
The Dealer I bought my Glide from from in Colorado was correct.
The Dealer nearest me in Colorado said the bike should be VERTICAL.

Yeah, I did over-service it. I had to get creative & used two drink straws to draw oil back out.

Now I need to decide if I should find some Amsoil 20w-50 before I leave as my engine is 1/4 quart low.

By the way, Thanks for the help everybody!
I would check the engine oil again before I put more in. REALLY bad things happen when you have too much engine oil!
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trans. fluid

You should run engine at 1/2 quart low. This prevents blowby thru air filter. If trans isn't showing on dipstick add 4oz. at the most till it shows. little low is fine. A little high is NOT fine. Too much fluid and it foams and doesn't lube.


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