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Just put a center stand on my new to me '08 Wee. The oil was above the top fill line. I drained about 4-5 ounces to bring it to the correct level. The place I bought it from over filled it and I rode it for about 200 miles before I corrected it. Do I face any future problems? :yikes:
 

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5 fluid oz is 148 ml of extra oil. The bike takes 2700 ml total. I don't think it will be an issue.
 

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There won't be a problem with that amount over.

Better than being under :fineprint:
 

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Just put a center stand on my new to me '08 Wee. The oil was above the top fill line.:
i take it you were checking the oil while the bike was on the centre stand?

if you were then that is the issue, the bike should be on both wheels on level ground, hold the bike vetical and then check the oil level. this is the method that the owners manual suggests for checking the oil level.

the centre stand will tip the bike slightly forward and skew the amount of oil you think you have.

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i take it you were checking the oil while the bike was on the centre stand?

if you were then that is the issue, the bike should be on both wheels on level ground, hold the bike vetical and then check the oil level. this is the method that the owners manual suggests for checking the oil level.

the centre stand will tip the bike slightly forward and skew the amount of oil you think you have.

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The difference between checking while holding the bike upright compared to checking while on the centre stand is negligible and will cause no issues.

I'm betting the place Grkane bought the bike from had an apprentice check the oil level and it was done while the bike was on the side stand.
 

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The only real issues with overfilling are oil foaming and oil overheating. If the oil level is high enough that the crankshaft is running in the oil, it will tend to whip the oil into foam, which lacks lubricative ability, and overheat it, due to the additional drag on the crank. Kinda doubt the slight overfill would generate either of these problems. Severe oil overfill may also splash excess oil on the cylinder walls, increasing oil burn, but that tends to be self-limiting (other than perhaps fouling the plugs, if long term). So no need to worry.
 

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The advice by Dazinga is correct.

Unless I've had a lifetime of bad advice, the primary reason not to overfill oil levels in crankcase sumps is to prevent excess crankcase pressure from being developed that will blow out critical seals.
 

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i take it you were checking the oil while the bike was on the centre stand?

if you were then that is the issue, the bike should be on both wheels on level ground, hold the bike vetical and then check the oil level. this is the method that the owners manual suggests for checking the oil level.

the centre stand will tip the bike slightly forward and skew the amount of oil you think you have.

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This has been my experience as well.
 

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The advice by Dazinga is correct.

Unless I've had a lifetime of bad advice, the primary reason not to overfill oil levels in crankcase sumps is to prevent excess crankcase pressure from being developed that will blow out critical seals.
I'm not sure about seals but my 2004 wee was overfilled by the previous owner. I found oil in the airbox when I checked the filter. I lowered the level to the line on the sight glass and it hasn't moved a bit 2000 miles. I'm thinking when I check the filter again it won't have oil in it.
 

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I was getting ready to ride to Bike Week last year and a Harley guy at work who was going told me: "I'm going to put an extra quart in for the trip." I kid you not. I talked him out of it.

This year he couldn't go because the oil drain plug mysteriously "fell out," causing over $3,800 in damage to the transmission. He said it was the dealer's fault because "they had it in the shop a few weeks ago and should have seen it." He had been bugging me to change his oil for him a couple days before the ride...I didn't have time, thank God.
 

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It takes quite a bit of extra oil to cause a problem. The oil level reading higher than it actually is when checked on the center stand is true too. I've found that setting the oil level on the center stand so an air space is just barely visible in the sight glass is just about right.
 

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Overfilling may have caused oil leak

I did overfill my 2004 DL650 a few years ago. I am not sure how it happened, as I am usually very careful, but the oil level was slightly above the sight glass. I did not think it would hurt anything and set off on a 500 mile trip. After an hour, I noticed oil coming out from somewhere on the top of the engine and draining onto the pavement when I put the bike on the sidestand.

Eventually the leakage tapered off, but it never entirely went away. I never did find much oil in the airbox breather.

I kept the bike for another 10,000 miles and eventually sold it partly because of the leak. I've been told that there is a seal between the halves of the crankcase that sometimes leaks on these DL and SV 650 engines. Fixing it requires engine removal and splitting the crankcase.

I don't know if overfilling started that leak, but the two events coincided.

Mike
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If you think that the lean while on a centerstand is an issue, sit on the bike while on the centerstand and lean it both forward and back, easy to do and check the oil with a long reach inspection mirror then average the readings. Other way is to just sit on the tires and use the inspection mirror, no risk of dropping the bike this way.

Bill H.
 
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