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Old Jun 22nd, 2010, 12:46 PM     #1
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Transmission Oil Check 1980 FXEF Shovelhead

How do I check the transmission oil level in a 1980 Fat Bob 1340 Shovelhead?

I've searched all over Google and here but can't seem to find it anywhere.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old Jun 22nd, 2010, 12:51 PM     #2
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Re: Transmission Oil Check 1980 FXEF Shovelhead

Refill to just under the filler opening, give a bit of air space
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Re: Transmission Oil Check 1980 FXEF Shovelhead

Quote: Originally Posted by Machine Vile View Post
How do I check the transmission oil level in a 1980 Fat Bob 1340 Shovelhead?

I've searched all over Google and here but can't seem to find it anywhere.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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If it's a five speed tranny should have a plug on top of the trans with a spot for an allen wrench to fit in it, pull that out an voila you're in.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2010, 02:23 PM     #4
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Re: Transmission Oil Check 1980 FXEF Shovelhead

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Refill to just under the filler opening, give a bit of air space
Here is the schematic to show you what Capt. Jack is talking about:

TRANSMISSION - MAINSHAFT & HOUSING - 1980 Harley Davidson FXEF-80


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Old Jun 22nd, 2010, 02:34 PM     #5
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Old Jun 22nd, 2010, 04:00 PM     #6
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Excellent. Thanks for the help guys!

I pulled the allen screw from the side of the transmission kick-starter. There was nothing. I opened the screw cap on top of the tranny and put almost a quart of 40wt oil in there until it started coming out of the inspection hole. I stopped pouring, put the inspection screw back in and the tranny fill cap back on. It's shifting much smoother now.

Thanks again for all the help.

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Old Jun 23rd, 2010, 04:32 PM     #7
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Old Jun 25th, 2010, 03:57 PM     #8
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Re: Transmission Oil Check 1980 FXEF Shovelhead

Thanks Jack.

Any advice on the oil? I thought that was a little light but it is what the service manual calls for.
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Thanks Jack.

Any advice on the oil? I thought that was a little light but it is what the service manual calls for.
I ran 80 w gear oil, Alot of us older guys bought into the HD fact of running 60 w H D oil what ever you like your ride you decide
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