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Old 04-23-2009, 03:26 PM   #1
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Do-it-yourself Oil Change

Since Jason's out of town and I don't remember the last time the F4i had an oil change...I think I'm going to attempt to do an oil change on it on saturday.

Now, I can perform an oil change on the camaro, no problem, but just wanted some general info on doing it for the bike.

What tools will I need?
What's the best oil to get?
What's the best filter to get?
Can it be done without stands?
Can it be done without a lift?
Do you recommend removing the lower fairing or not?

Anybody have a good link to a how-to thread, preferably with pictures? Or can someone maybe PM me some good directions?

Thanks, in advance.
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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allen keys to take off your lower fairing(s). 15mm or 17mm socket and 3/8 ratchet drive for the drain bolt...got it...lol

j/k, let me look for a write up.

stands are nice, not necessary, lift not needed, Motul 10w30 or 40 (unless you run synthetic) and I suggest a hiflo filter or equivalent.
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What tools will I need? Allen and Wrenches.
What's the best oil to get? Motul
What's the best filter to get? K&N
Can it be done without stands? Yes, it makes life more complicated but it can be done.
Can it be done without a lift? Yes.
Do you recommend removing the lower fairing or not? You need to, well at least on my bike you do.

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What tools will I need? wrench to remove plug bolt, wrench/tool to remove oil filter
What's the best oil to get? just depends. i use castrol synthetic
What's the best filter to get? i think most everyone gets k&n
Can it be done without stands? yes
Can it be done without a lift? yes
Do you recommend removing the lower fairing or not? yes
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on the f4i you can do it with the fairings on...remove the drain plug with a pan underneath to catch the spent oil, the remove the oil filter and let it drain out into the pan, then stand your bike up off the kick stand for a minute and let it all drain out, put a little bit of oil around the o-ring on the NEW oil filter, and screw it back on hand tight then use the tool and go a 1/4 turn. put the drain plug back in and using a funnel put in 3 1/2 quarts. then let it sit for a minute and start topping it off using the glass site
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check your manual for how much oil it takes(since each bike takes different amounts.....my gixxer takes a hair over 3 quarts.). probably a 17mm wrench like mentioned above to get the drain plug off. if you dont have a filter wrench or socket, you can hammer a screwdriver through the filter(all the way through, and towards the end so you dont hit the threaded portion on the motor). ive had to do that too many times now. big thing is to make sure that the old oil filter gasket comes off or the new one wont seal right.

and this may just be a gixxer problem, but dont over tighten the drain plug when you put it back on because it could crack the pan!

as far as oil goes, i use Amsoil 10w-40 syn. with a factory filter.....but everybody is going to have a different vision on whats the best oil.
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What tools will I need? tools? what? oh yeah, a big honkin allen wrench for the drain plug
What's the best oil to get? i usually use motul, and the last addition of oil (oh snap, i forgot all about that oil stuff!) was an addition of car 10w 30 that my parents had in their garage. bike ran fine ish.
What's the best filter to get? unless you are doing some hard racing, you probably wont tell the difference between what honda runs on their motogp bikes and the from walmart
Can it be done without stands? yes, no problem
Can it be done without a lift? yes, what the ? why not?
Do you recommend removing the lower fairing or not? what fairings? take them off and leave them off.
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This has nothing to do with your original post but.....Nice Camaro.....my fiance has a Black on Black SS also...........Any mods???
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