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post #1 of 6 Old 09-29-2009, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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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?

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-29-2009, 08:29 PM
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1.6 US quarts

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-29-2009, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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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?

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-29-2009, 11:46 PM
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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.

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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.

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-03-2009, 06:33 PM
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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.

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