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post #1 of 10 Old Sep 24th, 2009, 2:36 pm Thread Starter
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6K mile oil change

Hi,

I would like to tackle the 6,000 mile oil change myself. I know, I'm not dealing with a full roof over my head.

Anyway is there a manual that covers this?

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post #2 of 10 Old Sep 24th, 2009, 3:54 pm
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Re: 6K mile oil change

This is one of the easiest things that you can do for your bike. A search will provide you with lots of info. Simply remove the filter on the bottom ( three screws) let oil drain. Replace new filter ( fill it with oil first) screw in three screws gently and then add oil. Search site for specifics... Don't forget newspaper and cat litter.....

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Re: 6K mile oil change

+1 with dandiver, Also, get a Clymer manual. It's 40 bucks well spent.
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Re: 6K mile oil change

And as a plus, you can use regular automotive oil and not motorcycle specific oil. But seriously if you can change the oil on a car you can change the oil on this bike. I just did mine today. You'll just need the right sized "cap" style filter wrench.

This weekend I'll also be changing my spark plugs, transmission oil, FD oil,air filter and fuel filter. But first I'll have to get the big girl naked for the first time.

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Re: 6K mile oil change

Just one other note. The first time I did my oil, ( actually all three fluids) I had help from several others from this forum and that really made the task easy. Maybe check to see if there is anyone in your area up for a tech session. Gather a few bikers in your garage, especially someone who has done it and then proceed. Maybe change all three main fluids at the same time as I do every 6,000 miles. Dave Dragon, John Ritter and company helped me the first time.

I'm due for changing all three in about a 1,000 miles and you are welcome to come and watch..........

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Re: 6K mile oil change

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Just one other note. The first time I did my oil, ( actually all three fluids) I had help from several others from this forum and that really made the task easy. Maybe check to see if there is anyone in your area up for a tech session. Gather a few bikers in your garage, especially someone who has done it and then proceed. Maybe change all three main fluids at the same time as I do every 6,000 miles. Dave Dragon, John Ritter and company helped me the first time.

I'm due for changing all three in about a 1,000 miles and you are welcome to come and watch..........
You guyz with LTs --- do the GTs use the same oil and fluid change procedures?? Just as easy to do?? I've never looked up under a GT to see how it's done, so am just curious.
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Re: 6K mile oil change

OOPS. I just now noticed that this thread was the GT and not LT. But by the looks of my Clymer manual, some of the work on the GT is easier. But then again there's always the "remove the gas tank" step too.

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Re: 6K mile oil change

I wouldn't use automotive oil. This bike has a wet clutch. I'm pretty sure you need a friction agent in the oil.

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Re: 6K mile oil change

LIKE I SAID. It was my mistake. I'd stay away from automotive oil for a wet clutch. I misread the header and mistakenly thought LT instead of GT.

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Re: 6K mile oil change

Note that this is in the Next-Gen GT forum, so the procedure is a bit different than on the LTs and older RS/GT models.

There's a lot of info on our sister site, K-Bikes.com, including a very thorough Technical section. Check the Hall of Wisdom, Maintenance section for the info you need.

As for the type of oil to run, it seems that even BMW can't figure this one out so what are us mere mortals to do?

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