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First Full Fluid Service since Purchase

I bought an '03 RG (In Oct. of last year) from a friend of mines Uncle. He purchased it new, and while under warranty, all service was done by Harley.
After the warranty he did the service himself.
His entire family are "car/bike/boat/ATV" people. I trust them ENTIRELY...
AFTER the purchase we have talked and he said he continued to use the Harley SYN 3 for all services.
The bike had JUST UNDER 27k when I took ownership.. And it had JUST HAD ALL FLUIDS CHANGED (before the new owner took possession)
I have put 5k miles on it and wanted to do a fluid change.
I bought all the fluids and parts from the dealer and upon starting the job, I noticed the amount of fluid that I drained from the primary case is MORE THAN 32 ounces as the service manual calls for...
My question is this... Should I Follow the manual, or put the amount back in, that came out?

I do all services (that I have knowledge of, and tools to do) myself.
I've never done a service on a bike so this is "new to me"

I have a truck with over 300k miles on it that I've serviced since I took ownership with 28k miles on it..
I'm not scared to do it... Or learn it...
I just like to "dot all my I's and cross all of my T's "

Also... The part/gasket I got for the clutch inspection cover LOOKS NOTHING, like what came off..

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The bike should be upright not on the kickstand when doing the primary fluid change. Just add what is in the service manual not what you drain out. Just as long as the primary fluid reaches the bottom of the clutch basket you will be alright. If you don't have a service manual it would be a good investment.


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I do have the 2003 service manual..
I purchased it the same time as the fluids/filter/plugs/gasket...and it says... 32oz...

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As far as the gasket they change the gasket a few yrs ago,so when you go to the dealer for a replacement you will get the upgraded one.

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32oz.. Brings the fluid nowhere close, to the bottom of the clutch basket...

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I've been told many times by many indies - 38 oz. I have even had HD mechanics tell me 38oz.. I put 38oz. in my Primary.
I had an 09 Roadking with the 96 - when I changed the primary fluid for the first time (post dealer and indies changes) it had 47oz. My seal between the crankcase and the primary was craked and leaking into my primary. Oh and Yes, on that RK I had added oil several times when it was getting low, between the oil changed,... That should have been my first clue.


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As far as the gasket they change the gasket a few yrs ago,so when you go to the dealer for a replacement you will get the upgraded one.
It looks NOTHING AT ALL like what is on there now...
What they gave me.. Looks like a flattened out/inverted o-ring... Part # 17369-06
What's on there now...
Is a saucer shaped solid gasket
Part #25416-99C

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Use the one that came off the primary, on the sidestand put the 32 in, cut the funnel end on a 60 degree rest it on the the pressure plate pour slow, make the drain is in near flush, tighten back up as you would lugs on your truck just not so tight

this is the way been doing the fluids on my 03 for over 80K, ask away, that is the correct amount stock, neatly, wrap teflon tape neatly @ the plug

get the right oil filter wrench, it has a open gap so you don't rip the sending unit out, or use channelocks to remove, every ting is the same as you work on others, do the tranny if fluid is dirty or scum from wtr, follow the manual, I only do it about every 20k or more on glide or king

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And yes, been using the same gasket since likely 05 been alternating 3k oil and 6k pri since 03, tensioners went out @ 85k

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