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OK I did it :D
I completed my first oil change on my LT. Right out the gate I must say many thanks to Mark Neblett. When I was a newbie I read and printed his article oil change 101. So I did my home work and went over and over it many times.That was a year ago and subsequently researched every oil thread I could put my hand on. With that said I will now thank the rest of the guys on the forum. You are all great especially the wrenchers whose experience I relied heavily on. Finally in my last thread everyone boosted my confidence that I could do it.
Enough gab now the task at hand. I took pictures to show the mess I made and to help me in the future. My wife even looked in on me several times. I must say that was a good thing cause her first question was "do they make something so you won't have to lay on the ground" my response :D Yes dear and I showed her the table lift in my folder. ;) father's day, birthday or Christmas I guess I have 3 chances.
2009 LT a few specifics:
rear nuts on skid plate 10mm on the brake side had to use box wrench - no clearance for socket.
I had to use 5mm drive on two forward skid bolts and 4mm on 3bolts for filter cover.
Surprise look what I found in my skid plate - a male and female rock :histerica I took before and after of those. Does anyone else have these in their bike.
My drain pan can hold 8 quarts and its graduated so the oil drained to the 3 qt. mark and then the filter. So I took Mark's advice 3.5qts.
Overall great experience, fun and the pictures 2 hours + my pictures are not a template for oil change just my hobby shoot. Still follow Mark Neblett 101.
ride safe :bmw:
 

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Good going Bill!! A lot of the basic work on these bikes isn't all that difficult. It is just a matter of getting in there and doing it. There is a lot of other stuff you can do on your bike to help defer costs plus give you the satisfaction of being one with your bike. It may get a little messy at first but it gets cleaner as you go through the learning process. Just keep a log of where you purchased your components and mileage etc. Now about that Handy bike lift you need.......

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Senior Member - First Oil Change. How does this work??
 

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I noticed that for some reason, on the 09's, they switched to Torx fasteners on the oil filter cover bolts. That is why you ended up using a 4mm vs. a 5mm. Look againg and you should see a T-25 will fit that a lot better. Oh and Congratulations on your first one.
 

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kimokk said:
Uh oh, your bike's going to fall apart now since you used the[B] wrong oil! [/B] :histerica

Good job!
You know it's not fair to joke about those things.
I read my book/manual over and I thought that was the proper weight. I know there were several choices, But Castrol was the recommended brand and I was looking at the temp range for my neck of the woods. I am sticking with dyno oil for now while in my apprentice stage and until I have completely weaned myself from the dealer.
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jzeiler said:
I noticed that for some reason, on the 09's, they switched to Torx fasteners on the oil filter cover bolts. That is why you ended up using a 4mm vs. a 5mm. Look againg and you should see a T-25 will fit that a lot better. Oh and Congratulations on your first one.
Thanks for all you have done to get me through my first completion.
I don't know how many '09 out there or when the change was actually introduced. But I thought I would put my actual findings out. Also I will see how that T-25 as a matter of fact it would have been preferable over the 4mm socket/driver more clearance for the 3rd bolt close to the CS.
Sorry I am just now responding but back from my latest trip to Cleveland a few hours ago. Bike was OK. No leaks and no problems. Sight glass is hard to read without a real bright light. Can you figure how I got those rocks ontop my skid plate. Is that normal for any debris to get in there.
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Ric said:
Good going Bill!! A lot of the basic work on these bikes isn't all that difficult. It is just a matter of getting in there and doing it. There is a lot of other stuff you can do on your bike to help defer costs plus give you the satisfaction of being one with your bike. It may get a little messy at first but it gets cleaner as you go through the learning process. Just keep a log of where you purchased your components and mileage etc. Now about that Handy bike lift you need.......

Rick H.
Thanks Rick.
I did exactly that. Filter came from my dealer, and besides I am in the habit of keeping receipts (on advice of my insurance adjuster after my home break-in yeas ago).Yes mileage and type of oil. Thanks again.
ride safe :bmw:
 
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