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Old 09-01-2006, 09:45 PM   #21
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i give up. . .i guess it is a hard job for some people. that whole "lefty loosey, righty tighty" thing must be mindblowing. even then, figuring out that the case is stamped with the oil capacity is another hurdle. Take anthony up on his offer and let him show you how to change your oil, he's a cool cat. Whatever you do, keep this in mind. . .a service manual(which tells you ALL of this!!!) usually costs less than one hour of labor at a shop.
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Joe,
You'd be surprised the number of bikes I get in with the drain plug stripped, oil pans with hairline cracks from over tightening, etc.
What seems simple to those of us that are mechanically inclined, is as much as a mystery as say computers are to me.

We do an oil change and 21 point inspection for $42.50, parts and labor, which is not too expensive.
Letting a professional do your oil change at least occassionally is a good idea anyway. While the bike is on the lift, we to look at things like brakes, chain and sprockets, wheel bearings, steering head play, leaks, etc., we adjust clutch and throttle cable freeplay, lube and adjust the chain, and check tire pressure, so you're getting a good value for your dollar.
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Joe,
You'd be surprised the number of bikes I get in with the drain plug stripped, oil pans with hairline cracks from over tightening, etc.
What seems simple to those of us that are mechanically inclined, is as much as a mystery as say computers are to me.

We do an oil change and 21 point inspection for $42.50, parts and labor, which is not too expensive.
Letting a professional do your oil change at least occassionally is a good idea anyway. While the bike is on the lift, we to look at things like brakes, chain and sprockets, wheel bearings, steering head play, leaks, etc., we adjust clutch and throttle cable freeplay, lube and adjust the chain, and check tire pressure, so you're getting a good value for your dollar.
$42.50!!!!!! thats how much I pay for oil just by it self!

And changeing the oil by your self is easy you just need the right tools:
1 A 3/4" impact for the drain plug
2 an oil filter wrench with a breaker bar because you dont want to under tighten
3 A oil funnel
4 A storm drain for the oil
5 A good floor jack to lift the bike by the rear sprocket
With these tools the oil change is a breeze
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Old 09-02-2006, 11:42 AM   #24
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It may seem simple to us who have the correct tools; metric socket set, torque wrench, oil filter wrench, bike stand, oil drain pan, garage, etc. However, to others, it may be difficult and they just prefer to have a shop do the work. I do agree that it is a good idea to purchase a service manual and learn how to do routine maintenance on your bike.
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$42.50!!!!!! thats how much I pay for oil just by it self!

And changeing the oil by your self is easy you just need the right tools:
1 A 3/4" impact for the drain plug
2 an oil filter wrench with a breaker bar because you dont want to under tighten
3 A oil funnel
4 A storm drain for the oil
5 A good floor jack to lift the bike by the rear sprocket
With these tools the oil change is a breeze
impact gun?!!
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sorry if i offended anyone. . .What comes as second nature to some of us can be a mystery to others. Having said that, here's my DISCLAIMER: If you do not feel comfortable with any aspect of servicing your vehicle, take it to a reputable dealer and let them service it for you******
If that dealer happens to be cool (like Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited), you will probably walk away from the experience with a little moore knowledge under your belt, and a little more confidence in yourfself the next time you need to perform said service. hope this helps JET
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impact gun?!!
yeh 350ft lbs of torque should seat the crush washer.... right?:laughing6
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But really pick a place that takes care of there building inside and out, staff that will gladly answer any of your questions or finds some one who knows the answer if they dont, they need to let you in the back while they are working on your bike or car. Steer clear if they wont let you watch! they might try and say that its there policy not to let any one in the shop, but hey its your bike your the one who chooses.

Ask them their oil change procedure. It sounds silly but if there responce is aaaaaa um what do you mean? you might have got a new guy if not go some where else.

The correct responce would be we drain the oil and replace the filter with an oem filter thats made for your bike and install a new aluminum chrush washer(thats if your bike takes one see owners man) and then tourque the bolt to factory specs. after that we fill your bike with factory appoved motorcycle oil
and then start the bike, check the oil level per service manual.

Id say your best bet is find some one on here that knows what there doing to help you select the best oil and filter for your bike. Then go over and show you how its done so next time you will know.

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