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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have 80,000+ miles on an '02 with no problems. I use 20w50 oil, and change it at least every 3000 miles or 3 months. I also keep my oil level right at the top of the sight glass. That might keep the damper submerged in oil a little better, but I doubt it. 1/8" difference in oil level shouldn't be enough to make any difference. I have never used synthetic oil. If and when mine do fail, I do not plan to repair it. The engine has too many miles to make it worthwhile to me. So far I have not noticed any unusual vibration. And I tend to notice minor differences in the way things sound and feel.
If I ever find rubber chunks in the screen, I'll probably put the bike up for sale in a hurry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike