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Old Apr 24th, 2012, 03:41 PM     #1
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Hello all, I just bought my first Harley Davidson and I love my HD. It's a 2012 Road King Classic 103ci. I've owned metric bikes all of my riding life until now. I must admit I was missing out on what a real bike should be. With that being said, please forgive me on my ignorance but does my 2012 Road King have a dry sump oil system or a wet sump system. I do not have a oil tank on my bike like my neighbors 2012 Deluxe. Also should I run full synthetic oil or mineral based oil. Can I go longer on synthetic? Thank you all for your advice......det45 San Antonio Texas.
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Old Apr 24th, 2012, 03:48 PM     #2
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Hello all, I just bought my first Harley Davidson and I love my HD. It's a 2012 Road King Classic 103ci. I've owned metric bikes all of my riding life until now. I must admit I was missing out on what a real bike should be. With that being said, please forgive me on my ignorance but does my 2012 Road King have a dry sump oil system or a wet sump system. I do not have a oil tank on my bike like my neighbors 2012 Deluxe. Also should I run full synthetic oil or mineral based oil. Can I go longer on synthetic? Thank you all for your advice......det45 San Antonio Texas.
Welcome to The Forum, your oil tank is under the bike , The oil pump is inside the cam chest on the RS of the motor Oil - Harley Davidson Community here are some reads on oils
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Old Apr 24th, 2012, 03:50 PM     #3
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Also I have one more question....? My new Road King is very difficult to put into neutral, is that normal for a new Harley? Thanks again......det45
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Also I have one more question....? My new Road King is very difficult to put into neutral, is that normal for a new Harley? Thanks again......det45
Depends on what is in the primary and tranny for lube and the clutch adjustment http://www.hdtalking.com/archive/t-738.html
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I'm new here too,I joined a while back and spend a lot of time here but haven't made any post,I do enjoy the site.I have a bike like yours and the only time it's been hard to get in netural is when I made a quick stop without down shifting.It's always easy from first or second.I park in first most of the time,and when I go back to it just a bump with my heel,it seldom if ever misses.
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switch to spectro or red line oils. r/l offers a syn shockproof gear lube , ans 20x60 syn motorcycle oil.
or spectro has some good oils too. shifting will inprove with the change. lb
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For you Clutch/Shift question/answer.

A NEW bike Will be tighter for a short time. I would Check the Clutch adjustment to be sure...

Here is My way to do the clutch adjustment.
(very similar to HD's Book way)

Harley Davidson Community (BUBBIES Clutch Adjustment)

To me and MANY others, This Method Works Good and is easy to understand.

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I don't think anyone ever told him if he has a dry sump or wet sump. Or is there a chance I missed something?
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I don't think anyone ever told him if he has a dry sump or wet sump. Or is there a chance I missed something?
Jack said it had an oil tank so it has to be dry sump.
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Jack said it had a tank so it has to be dry sump.
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