Oil capacity 2002 Honda Rebel - Honda Rebel Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 Old 09-29-2009, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 21
Oil capacity 2002 Honda Rebel

Hi, I have 2 quarts of oil in front of me.... 10W-40.

How much does my 2002 Honda Rebel 250 take? 2. "...." quarts?

XxDarkEuphoriaxX is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 09-29-2009, 08:29 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
Posts: 24,496
1.6 US quarts

Guba is right!

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!

2001 & 2009 Rebel 250, 2006 Ninja 250, 1989 Vulcan 750
Putting your bike year and model in your signature helps others help you!
flitecontrol is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 09-29-2009, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 21
so I just undo the drain bolt, drain the oil out...

pour one whole thing of oil in and then a little over a half of the other one...

then ride it around and let the engine cool down and check to see the height right?

Can it be a little more or less than ~1.6 quarts?

XxDarkEuphoriaxX is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 09-29-2009, 11:46 PM
Guba's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Creston, Ohio
Posts: 5,661
Fill it by the level shown on the dip stick. Unscrew the dip stick, add oil, a little under 1.5 quarts. Then wipe the dip stick drop it in place, but don't screw it in! Then pull it out and see what the level reads. Almost forgot to mention, make sure the bike is upright off the kickstand when reading the what the level is. Add oil as neccessary to bring it to the high mark or close to it, but don't go over it.

MC.com ruined this forum

bye, bye
Guba is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 10-03-2009, 01:04 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chandler, AZ
Posts: 2,281
Get it all the way to the full mark, with the bike totally upright. I belong to 2 other motorcycle forums and 2 scooter forums. (Almost) everybody seems to have gotten the idea that running an engine with the oil level at the halfway point is the way to go. BULL. Fill it all the way up. IMO, the Rebel does not hold enough oil anyway. My Vulcan 750 holds 4 quarts, almost as much as a car engine.

I don't advise overfilling it. Some engines you can overfill slightly without a problem, some you can't. I routinely put 6 quarts in my small block Chevy that was designed for 5 quarts without any problems. But I've built and rebuilt so many small block Chevys that I know there is room in there for 6 quarts. Never had a Rebel engine apart.

Another oil related issue. I don't recommend using any oil lighter than 10w40 in any internal combustion engine. These super thin oils will cause an engine to wear very fast, they have very little film strength, and can easily break down and allow metal to metal contact. I use 20w50 in all my vehicles, including motorcycles, because I live in AZ, where summer temperatures can reach 118 degrees. Jerry.
JunkyardDog is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 10-03-2009, 06:33 PM
Guba's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Creston, Ohio
Posts: 5,661
For sure the more volume of oil you have the better, so full would be ideal. However, if you over fill the oil might reach the crank shaft and that's not good. It gets churned into a bubbly froth by the crank shaft and foamy oil just doesn't pump good. Foam lubrication equals bad bearings. That's why people stay on the safe side of the dipstick. Consider me a member.

MC.com ruined this forum

bye, bye
Guba is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Honda Rebel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome