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post #1 of 16 Old Oct 11th, 2005, 9:29 pm Thread Starter
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Question Lubricant change

I just finished changing all the oils. Engine, Trans, Diff. for my 36K service, Used Mobil 1 all the way around, and when I went for a ride It seemed that the bike was significantly quieter. Mostly the trans upshifted much quieter. Is it possible the trans oil was low?
I didn't pull the fill plug until I had already pulled the drain so I can't verify that the trans was full. And I filled the trans till oil was running out and put the plug in with oil running out.


Or is it all just in my head <g>. Again....


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I like the wind in my face and boobies on my back.
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Spence,

Similar experience here. I always hated the way my bike clunked on shifting...and I often missed shifts because the tranny was hard to shift.

I put Mobil 1 in and immediately it was smooth and much quiter. Has been like butter ever since. I was actually shocked at the magnitude of the difference.

I went from frustrated to happy!!


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re: mobil 1 oil

Did you use synthetic oil al the way around? Did you use the recommended viscosity type recommended for each specific area?
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Used 15W50 extended life for the engine and Used 75W90 in the trans/diff.

Both Full Synthetic.

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I had the same results when switched over to Red Line Synthetics. Seemed smoother and a little quieter. Now pull your shift linkage apart and clean and grease it...that is a real difference!
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Absolutely ! When I lubed the shift linkage at 12K it made the most difference of all of the maintenance I did. Very smooth. I just received some synthetic grease and will try it on the shift linkage next service to see if it makes a difference.

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14MM allen wrench

Spence,
Where did you get the 14MM allen wrench to drain tranny?
Couldn't find one a local auto parts.
Tried the 3/8 thread coupling nut, but it's the wrong size at my HW store?



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Wink 14mm Allen

Larry, get thee to Autozone! They have a 3 bit set which includes a 14mm for a very cheap price. This is where most of us on the list found ours.

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Thumbs up Yepper., Autozone

7.99 for the three bits...

Can't go wrong. As long as you have a 1/2" drive wrench..


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Get a 3/8 to 1/2 adapter. It'll work fine.
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I like the wind in my face and boobies on my back.



I like it the other way!!! OOOps wrong bulletin board

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mobil 1 synthetic

can u get that at any auto parts place?
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Hi Kip,
Please consider filling out your user profile so someone near you might be better able to help you than I.
Anyway, PepBoys, Autozone, Oreilley's, NAPA, and finally WALL-MART should all have mobile1.

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Yep, Mobil 1 is pretty standard at most auto parts places. And contrary to the excessive marketing hype, you do not need motorcycle-specific oil for the LT. It has a dry clutch, outside the engine oil bath, so it runs more like a car engine than a bike engine. Maybe a few more rpms, but standard oil works just fine if it meets BMW's recommended specs.

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