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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-17-2018, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Wet vs Dry

Planning on changing my primary cover. I don't know the difference in Wet capacity and dry capacity for the refiled. I suppose the dry capacity it's when you open it up. Don't juge me!!! Thank's

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If you just pull the plug and refill that would be the wet qty. If you remove the primary and clean all the oil out of everywhere that would be the dry qty. Not everything comes out when you just remove the plug. I'm sure someone will explain it better than me.
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Dry means you remove the primary not just the derby cover. Wet is what you use for your services. However it is a good idea to do a visual check of the level not just dump the measured amount of lube in. The 2011 does not have a HYD clutch so it is easier to see down inside. Red line is what you are looking to fill it to Bike straight up.
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Thank you gentlemen, for my 2015 wet=38oz and dry=45oz. So i guess i wil poured 45 oz.

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Thank you gentlemen, for my 2015 wet=38oz and dry=45oz. So i guess i wil pour 45 oz.
Dry fill is when you have a dry (new) clutch pack

Wet fill is 38 oz. (normal fluid change)
Dry fill is 45 oz. (when you have dry clutch plates and primary)

(for 2016 bikes it's 34 wet and 38 dry – according to owner's manual)
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Do what your service manual recommends what to put in. The 38 wet and 48 dry sounds like the correct amount but make sure. I believed HD changed the primary cover to a thinner cover ( the cover doesn't stick out as far) and the thinner cover would take less fluid. I can't recall what model year the thinner cover was put on.


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2011 owners manual 38oz is your wet and 45oz dry page 166. However still use the picture to ensure you do not over filling it. If it does not drain fully and you add 38Oz it could be over full causing problems finding N
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Do what your service manual recommends what to put in. The 38 wet and 48 dry sounds like the correct amount but make sure. I believed HD changed the primary cover to a thinner cover ( the cover doesn't stick out as far) and the thinner cover would take less fluid. I can't recall what model year the thinner cover was put on.
2016 and up.
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Bike straight up.
Follow Smitty's pic. That is what's in the service manual. It will come to about 35-38 on a 15. There's no guess work on the primary- as soon as you visually see it touch the bottom of the clutch plate, you're done!
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