Sportster Oil Line Replacement

Discussion in 'Oil' started by 90FXRS, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. 90FXRS

    90FXRS Junior Member Contributor

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    On an '87 XHL 1100, It is coming apart, partially, to be painted and a topend repair. Noticing the oil lines are hard and it has the occasional drip. Underside is oily so I am wondering about changing all of the oil lines. Has anyone ever tackled this? I've never really dealt with Sportsters so I am a little on the ignorant side. I am going past the owner's home today, I plan on getting the service manual she has and looking through it.
     
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  3. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member Contributor

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    It's not that hard of a job, just time consuming. There is 1 line that is behind the cam/gear cover. You can get to it by taking the sprocket cover off. Then just 1 to oil pump,1 return from filter, and 1 drain. IIRC. Pump doesn't need to come off either'
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    I have looked at the picture in the book and briefly at the bike. The sprocket cover is coming off because the neutral light doesn't work. Either a wire off, broken or bad switch. I didn't figure the pump needed to come off. Does the oil filter mounting bracket need to come off or can I get to send and return lines by just taking off the filter? Been wondering if the lines are just loose.
     
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    tourbox Senior Member Contributor

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    You should be able to remove the lines at the filter w/o removing the filter, unless you want to. Probably easier with front exhaust off also. See attached. # 34 & 35 are your hoses to the filter and IIRC they are flexible. #34 is the inlet and #35 is the outlet. Look for a ground on your Neutral lite switch. The switch itself is grounded when in Neutral.
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