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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-04-2012, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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so this may seem like a dumb question, but its an important one:

what item gets what fluid, and where does it fill/check at?

reason i ask is because on the left side toward the back is a site gauge that reads low. i checked the tank on the right side, but that has its own gauge on it (still dont know what it is though). i know maintenance is extremely important, but its hard when you dont know what fluid is low and where it goes lol. i'd like to think there is fluid in the back wheel too, but i dont know where.

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so this may seem like a dumb question, but its an important one:

what item gets what fluid, and where does it fill/check at?

reason i ask is because on the left side toward the back is a site gauge that reads low. i checked the tank on the right side, but that has its own gauge on it (still dont know what it is though). i know maintenance is extremely important, but its hard when you dont know what fluid is low and where it goes lol. i'd like to think there is fluid in the back wheel too, but i dont know where.
Left side sight guage is your oil level. Right side is your coolant level. There is a nut to remove on the rear of the driveshaft to check your gear oil level.

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Are you telling us that you did all those mods listed in your sig line yourself but don't know where to to check your oil or where it goes?
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been looking for a manual, but can't find one anywhere. seat mod/sissybar was pretty easy thanks to posts on this site, and the mcct conversion was extremely easy and very much needed. this is my first liquid cooled bike, or shaft driven for that matter, so there's still a bunch i'm getting used to. not to mention, i used to be rich (or at least i though i was lol) and had a newer harley and had mechanics work on it for me. then i went to a yamaha fj600 (crotch rocket). this is my first kawasaki, foriegn v twin, liquid cooled, and shaft driven bike.

i know the oil is 10w40 (says on the fill plug lol), but what about the coolant? 50/50 mix of standard green coolant? rear end, 80/90? is there fluid for the transmission? i would assume not, but better to ask than to find out the hard way.

as you can tell, i have LOTS to learn lol

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Transmission shares the engien oil. and you are correct on every thing else.
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so i saw someone who had a stator problem and mentioned something about it not working properly and messing with the way the engine ran due to low oil. my level is at the very bottom of the site gauge when on the center stand. how much oil does it take to get back to full? that actually may solve some issues i'm having

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so i saw someone who had a stator problem and mentioned something about it not working properly and messing with the way the engine ran due to low oil. my level is at the very bottom of the site gauge when on the center stand. how much oil does it take to get back to full? that actually may solve some issues i'm having
Less than a qt. Maybe half at most?

The stator is cooled by the oil, so if you are low, your stator is not being cooled as well.

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so i saw someone who had a stator problem and mentioned something about it not working properly and messing with the way the engine ran due to low oil. my level is at the very bottom of the site gauge when on the center stand. how much oil does it take to get back to full? that actually may solve some issues i'm having
Pour in the oil slowly a little bit at a time until the oil level almost fills the sight gauge. *simple* ;-) a full oil change with a new filter take just about 4 quarts of oil. to top off from where your at should be approximately half a quart give or take a bit...

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