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Old 10-20-2008, 12:59 PM   #1
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Calling all Kawasaki '05-'06 636 owners!

Ok so I'm going to do my first oil change since I picked up my bike, I'll be doing it myself as I don't want to get raped by the stealership.
So, onto the questions. (the bike has 13,000 miles)

What weight oil should I use, I'm going synthetic amsoil, or the best I can find? 10w-40?
How many quarts should I buy, four?
Do I have to remove the bottom fairing?
Can "I get all of this stuff at a place like Napa? Or should I buy the stuff from the dealer?
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Anybody with any links to a write up will be appreciated as it's my first time to change a bikes oil.

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Old 10-20-2008, 01:24 PM   #2
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i use 10w-40 and yes you will need to take the lower fairings off. i believe its like 3.7 quarts i would have to double check.
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i just changed my oil this past weekend on my 05 6r - the manual says that it takes 3.4L of 10w 40 oil w/o replacing filter and 3.6L when replacing filter. I got my oil and filter from Mancuso SW. I don't think you'll be able to find motorcylce parts(filter) at NAPA. the filter was a pain in the to remove. per the manual it's torqued to at least 23ft/lbs. all my fairings are removed because i'm doing some work on them - but i finally had to take a pipe wrench to the filter just to get it off(probably overtorqued on last oil change by stealership) it would have been very difficult if the side fairings were still on.
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what do dealers charge now aday?
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Motorcycles Unlimited does it for 42 bucks and they go over your bike and lube/adj your chain.

I'm lzy and hate to dispose of oil MUFTW
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Motorcycles Unlimited does it for 42 bucks and they go over your bike and lube/adj your chain.

I'm lzy and hate to dispose of oil MUFTW
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Motorcycles Unlimited does it for 42 bucks and they go over your bike and lube/adj your chain.

I'm lzy and hate to dispose of oil MUFTW
thats a pretty good prize!...beats you doing it yourself a running a chanse that you fu*k you sh*t up.
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^ true haha I was just making sure about filling it with it on the side stand or when I sit on it to level it out.

Motorcycles Unlimited sounds like a pretty good deal because I do need my chain adjusted, just too lazy to do it lol But I do need the skills to do all this , I only know cars
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Buy 4 qts. I'm not sure at what miles you should step up the oil weight but someone else can maybe answer that. I've been told to change the oil after the bike has been running for a while. Someone please explain that as well, the first time it went in one ear and out the other.

YES REMOVE BOTTOM FAIRING! It's too easy not to and you can clean it out while its off! I prefer K&N filters because they have a hex head on the end of them. I get all my stuff at Cycle Gear or order ahead of time from a local shop (not dealership) When you get the new filter put some of the new oil on your finger and apply it to the threads on the filter. GOOD LUCK!

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if you fk up bike up changing oil, you might as well stop riding
True but the first few times changing it, it's a safe bet to have someone looking over your shoulder and/or giving advice on here.
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^ true haha I was just making sure about filling it with it on the side stand or when I sit on it to level it out.

Motorcycles Unlimited sounds like a pretty good deal because I do need my chain adjusted, just too lazy to do it lol But I do need the skills to do all this , I only know cars
Why do you need the sidestand? fill it to the correct level and STOP.

Dude chain adj is easy. Remove cotter pin, break loose the axle nut on your rear wheel, loosen the inside chain tension bolts and go from there. This is where its nice to have a stand, I believe some say to sit on the bike while checking tension because it is more accurate with the load on it.
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^ true haha I was just making sure about filling it with it on the side stand or when I sit on it to level it out.

Motorcycles Unlimited sounds like a pretty good deal because I do need my chain adjusted, just too lazy to do it lol But I do need the skills to do all this , I only know cars
Motorcycles Unlimited holds basic bike maintenance classes every couple of months to help people get a handle on the easy stuff they can do at home.
Watch the forum or call Patrick to get info on the next one.
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:02 PM   #12
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ok cool, thanks guys. I'll deff. hit up cycle gear or Motorcycles Unlimited for the oil and filter and then bring it to the shop I work at and do it myself because disposing of oil is way easier then at my house.
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