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Oil Change Question K1200GT

I ran into a problem, when I started pouring the oil into the hole labled oil that the dip sitck fits into it filled up and doesn't drain into the motor. Where do I pour the oil, what am I doing wrong?
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The K-bikes have what's called a dry sump oiling system where the bulk of the oil is stored in a tank and then pumped into the engine (and then returned to the tank to complete the cycle.) Oil only moves from the tank through the engine when the engine is running and will not drain into the sump by itself. When you change the oil you should (after properly draining the old oil) fill the oil tank to the proper level, then start the engine and let it idle for 15 seconds or so, the shut it down and refill to the proper level.
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Thanks for the info. Will the tank hold 3&1/2 quarts of oil before it fills up?
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Put in 3 quarts, then start the bike for a minute or so to allow the oil to move out of the tank, then add the last .7qt start using the dip stick after 1/2 a quart so you don't overfill.

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Any issues runnig the engine "dry" as you wait for the oil to be pumped into the engine?

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Any issues runnig the engine "dry" as you wait for the oil to be pumped into the engine?
Not much of a choice, and to make things worse the oil filter is sideways, and you can't fill it with oil.

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I ran into a problem, when I started pouring the oil into the hole labled oil that the dip sitck fits into it filled up and doesn't drain into the motor. Where do I pour the oil, what am I doing wrong?
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Don't take this the wrong way, but did you drain the old oil out of the tank?

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Don't take this the wrong way, but did you drain the old oil out of the tank?
+1, I was wondering the same thing.

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No I didn't. I tried to use a pump to get the oil out of the tank but failed. Once I understood the tank wouldn’t drain into the lower case I took the clear plastic line and pulled it down by the rear tire and emptied the tank. I let the oil drain for an hour hoping all the dirty oil would drip out.
Am I correct in assuming that you screw the dip stick all the way back in before checking the oil?
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I took the clear plastic line and pulled it down by the rear tire and emptied the tank. I let the oil drain for an hour hoping all the dirty oil would drip out.
Yep, that's how most of us do it. It will empty the tank that way just fine, although a bit slowly.

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Am I correct in assuming that you screw the dip stick all the way back in before checking the oil?
I believe the dip stick just sits in place without being screwed in to check the oil. Check your owner's manual to be sure.

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