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Old 07-15-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Suzuki 1500 LC Oil Capacity

Ok I got the bike brand new in 2004. I was told then that the bike held 6 quarts of oil. Low and behold 4 years later I find out the bike only hold 4.5 quarts. Did I do any permenent damage by over filling the oil for this long ?? The bike runs great (knock on wood) aside from a tapping sound that eventually goes away and this only happens if the bike has sat for about a month or so.
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Old 07-15-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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6 quarts is a lot. Does the bike not have a looking glass? How many miles did you rack up over the 4 years? I'd say most harm was wasted oil or you'd noticed by now.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:38 PM   #3
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6 quarts is a lot. Does the bike not have a looking glass? How many miles did you rack up over the 4 years? I'd say most harm was wasted oil or you'd noticed by now.
Yeah I would have thought so as well, but I needed to ask. I have 32K on the bike and it runs great. Just if it has sat for a while (about a month or so) when its started it has a tapping sound (almost like a lifter hitting) which goes away after its warmed up. I was told this sound is not all that uncommon with as many miles as I have on the bike.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:46 PM   #4
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Ok I got the bike brand new in 2004.
Did you not also get a brand new OWNERS MANUAL along with the bike ??

And in the ensuing 7 years, did you NEVER check the oil level ???

How is it that you now "know" the proper amount, as in, are you positive that 6 wasn't right all along ??

This is pretty amazing as having an extra 1.5 quarts of oil in most bikes would result in it coming out in all kinds of places that it shouldn't; most notably fouling the air box and filter.

P.S. 2004 plus 4 years = 2008. You seem to have lost 3 years somewhere along the way.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:10 PM   #5
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[quote=Easy Rider 2;263127]Did you not also get a brand new OWNERS MANUAL along with the bike ??

And in the ensuing 7 years, did you NEVER check the oil level ???

How is it that you now "know" the proper amount, as in, are you positive that 6 wasn't right all along ??

This is pretty amazing as having an extra 1.5 quarts of oil in most bikes would result in it coming out in all kinds of places that it shouldn't; most notably fouling the air box and filter.

P.S. 2004 plus 4 years = 2008. You seem to have lost 3 years somewhere along the way.[/QUOTE

I guess that is how that sounded huh lol. No for the past 3 years I've been using the correct amount, but up until then I was over filling come to find out. I would have thought the oil would have been coming out of every oriphice too, but no. I changed the air filter as instructed as well and nothing but a dirty air filter. I was just curious if there could have been some damage to the rings or gaskets anywhere.
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:08 AM   #6
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Looks like you lucked out. Overfilling often blows seals.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:16 AM   #7
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Looks like you lucked out. Overfilling often blows seals.
Nah, nah. That's just a bit of Ice Cream.
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