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Old 04-28-2005, 02:34 PM
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Default Changing Oil 2004 Sportster

Ok guys try not to laugh too hard . I am about to change oil and filter for the first time . Where is the drain plug for the oil on a 2004 sportster . The filter is obvious but how I have never really worked on this thing yet a little guidance sure would be nice . Thanks for your help.

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Old 04-28-2005, 03:59 PM
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There's not a drain plug. There is a rubber hose that dead ends into the frame. You loosen the hose clamp and drain the oil from the hose. Make sure you have the filler cap off. Also, Harley suggests that when you fill the tank back up, you let a little of the new oil run out of the drain hose before buttoning it back up. I reckon they are afraid it might get airlocked.

There is a drain plug in the vicinity but it drains the oil from the primary.

I would get a shop manual for your bike. It will save you a bunch of time and money in the future.
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Default RE: Changing Oil 2004 Sportster

I'm a new Harley owner living in Korea and I had the same question about the oil tube location. Spent about 15 minutes looking for it.
Your advise about draining a little of the new oil out wasn't mentioned in my owners manual. Thanks for the help & advise.

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there are no dumb questions here dudes!
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Thanks for the help got it done Saturday morning . Was so easy .... I do like the way they have the tube for draining the oil . The filter is a different story . Anyway thanks for the info greatly appreciate it .

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a trick for the oil filter is to take a 2 liter bottle and basically cut it almost in half but leave the cap intact and you put it under your oil filter when you remove it and it will catch the oil and direct it away from the bike into your oil pan.
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just dont forget to tighten the clamp on that hose when you put it back!!!!!
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