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Old 11-12-2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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Change oil after a trackday?

I did my 1st trackday and was wondering how many people here change your oil after a trackday or do you change the oil after your mileage gets to the recommended miles and then change the oil.
I know the oil gets treated really hard during the track use and thought maybe its best to change oil right after a trackday to have fresh oil in the bike for street use.
What do other people do?
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Your thinking about this too hard.

Stick with you normal mileage intervals and your bike will be fine.
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I change mine at normal mileage.
But, If I do a trackday, I also change the oil after the trackday or maybe every other trackday.
It may be a bit excessive but...
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right.
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It all depends how hard you push it. At your level which is close to mine I wouldn't worry about it too much. How many miles did the oil already have before you went to the track? Where you always near the redline? How many miles does your bike have? What kind of oil are you using?
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Probably wouldnt hurt to change the oil after a track day
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but, still had to ask. I would normally change right after the trackday but got caught up with too many things before I left for Iraq.
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It all depends how hard you push it. At your level which is close to mine I wouldn't worry about it too much. How many miles did the oil already have before you went to the track? Where you always near the redline? How many miles does your bike have? What kind of oil are you using?
It had fresh oil for the track and since it was my 1st trackday I didnt push it till the middle of the day. Bike has like 13 grand on the odometer.
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It had fresh oil for the track and since it was my 1st trackday I didnt push it till the middle of the day. Bike has like 13 grand on the odometer.
I wouldn't worry about it then your not like the head bosses here :icon_bigg
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i change it after every other trackday.
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i change it after every other trackday.
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And if I have a few street miles on the oil already, I change it before the trackday.

My theory is this, keeping good clean oil is the simplest and cheapest way to preserve your motor/tranny.
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My dad used to have a saying; "Oil is cheap, engines are expensive."

That being said, if it's strictly a track bike and you're not running it very hard at the trackday, then every other one would be o.k..
If it pulls double duty as a street bike I'd cut my interval down to 1500 miles.

However, if you're out there wringing it's neck, I'd change after each one.

My 2 cents, YMMV.
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I was due for an oil change right before this weekend, so I let it go for the track and now I'll change it out. Then again, my bike redlines at 9.5 so it's nothing like y'alls machines...
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Big V-Twins are hard on their oil. The large pistons put a big load on the rod bearings, so good quality, clean oil is important.
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I did my 1st trackday and was wondering how many people here change your oil after a trackday or do you change the oil after your mileage gets to the recommended miles and then change the oil.
I know the oil gets treated really hard during the track use and thought maybe its best to change oil right after a trackday to have fresh oil in the bike for street use.
What do other people do?
This is not Moto GP nor Superbike nationals lol. Unless your competing in the big leagues, change your oil every 3k miles.
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The interesting thing about this that has not been discussed is oil change intervals.

To give an example, my manual states a ridiculously high interval for an oil changes. Something along the lines of 8000-8500 miles (I am not going to the garage to check for sure before I post this). Most people on this board will tell you to change it at 3000 miles.

Depending on the oil change interval you use, a track day or two will not hurt your engine oil.
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if you have beaucoup money change..........bikes every track day!
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Big V-Twins are hard on their oil. The large pistons put a big load on the rod bearings, so good quality, clean oil is important.
So between

A) Changing it before the track day after 3k miles of street riding then continuing on for another 3k

B) Let it go over for the track day and change it out after

C) Change it before AND after the track day

You would choose...
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The interesting thing about this that has not been discussed is oil change intervals.

To give an example, my manual states a ridiculously high interval for an oil changes. Something along the lines of 8000-8500 miles (I am not going to the garage to check for sure before I post this). Most people on this board will tell you to change it at 3000 miles.

Depending on the oil change interval you use, a track day or two will not hurt your engine oil.
Yea if your easy on the motor. But if your hauling a*s all the time I would recommend changing it every 3k miles.
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