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4.2qts to much oil?

I have 05 zx6rr it calls for 4.2 quarts. I thought that was allot but yesterday while changing the oil i did just that ran it for about 350 miles and yesterday night when i pulled her in I check the level and it was at the top of line. Shouldn't it be in the middle? If it was at the top could I have ruined anything?
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i dont think it calls for that much.
i think that a full gallon is a TINY bit too much, but its what i use.

unless the RR takes more oil, than the R. but i doubt it.

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The R looks like it does indeed take 4L/4.2 quarts... however, the RR, only being 599cc may take significantly less.

for exanple, on my 09:

Capacity Dry 3.6 L. (3.8 US qt.) Capacity filter NOT removed 2.8 L. (3.0 US qt.) Capacity filter removed 3.1 L. (3.3 US qt.)


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The R looks like it does indeed take 4L/4.2 quarts... however, the RR, only being 599cc may take significantly less.

for exanple, on my 09:

Capacity Dry 3.6 L. (3.8 US qt.) Capacity filter NOT removed 2.8 L. (3.0 US qt.) Capacity filter removed 3.1 L. (3.3 US qt.)
right, but thats a completely dry system.
with the filter removed the R takes 3.8 quarts. which i why i run a full gallon(4 quarts) so i dont have a little bit left in the jug.
so unless the RR takes more(which i doubt) 4.2q for an oil change is too much oil.


to answer the op's other question, aslong as its between the lines when straight up, its fine.
if it makes you feel better, you can drain a little bit out.

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Gotcha - I just get lost in the differences/changes between the R and RR... I have no idea what is different between the two (outside of the engine sizes) without googling them.

But yes, 4.2q is a lot. Are you checking the sight glass while the bike is level and standing up straight?


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Remember to check the oil level only after the oil has had time to settle and the bike has cooled off. Oil will expand when hot and like nevada said check it with the bike straight up not on the kickstand.

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I just checked the Kawasaki Specs on both bikes and they both say:

Engine Oil capacity = 4 Liters or 4.2 Quarts

They also say:

Engine Oil Level = On center stand, wait 5 min. middle of window.

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Recommended Engine Oil:

Type:
API SE, SF or SG API SH or SJ with JASO MA

Viscosity:
SAE 10W-40

Capacity:
3.4 L (3.6 US qt) (when filter is not removed)
3.6 L (3.8 US qt) (when filter is removed)
4.0 L (4.2 US qt) (when engine is completely dry)

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yeah, 4.2 quarts is a little too much. I usually use 3.5 quarts and prime the filter and im right at the middle of the oil window. I have an 05 zx6r, so your bike should be the same.

with too much oil, you can cause engine problems, and premature failure.

Also, check the oil level with your bike sitting straight up on level ground, not on the side stand. best thing to do will be drain some oil out or change it completely again, and add oil as needed until your in between the 2 fill lines. Good luck with everything.
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If you're going to remove some oil, remove the lower left fairing then place a small clean container under the bike, clean thoroughly around the drain plug, then using a 17 mm. wrench or socket loosen the drain plug only enough for a little oil to come out. Then tighten the drain plug and check the oil level again. Repeat until the oil level is where you want it to be. If you drained too much then just put some of the oil you just removed back into the bike. that's why you want a "clean" container and to clean around the drain plug.

Once you're done and the oil level is where you want it, torque the drain bolt to 22 Ft-Lbs.


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