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Oil Change - July 3, 2012, 09:25 AM

I'm a newbie to riding and to this forum. I bought an 01' Gixxer600 recently and I want to start learning how to do this basics on it myself as opposed to taking it to the shop. I had to get a new chain when I first bought it and since I didn't know anything about putting them on I had to take it to GRD cycles in waldorf. I want to start with doing the oil change but I don't want to mess it up. Anyone in the SoMD or PG area interested in helping me? As far as this bike goes, it's starting to make me feel like the grown man who doesn't know how to change a tire lol.
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Look at the manual. It tells you how to do it or watch a video on YouTube. It's really easy to do!
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July 3, 2012, 09:41 AM

If you are going to DIY don't forget to buy an oil filter wrench to tighten it up. Similar to this...

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July 3, 2012, 09:45 AM

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If you are going to DIY don't forget to buy an oil filter wrench to tighten it up. Similar to this...

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Do not use a wrench to crank down an oil filter


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July 3, 2012, 09:50 AM

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Do not use a wrench to crank down an oil filter
Or the drain plug, it's a aluminum cast oil pan with a steal bolt you will strip it with out much force. If your unsure get the torque specs from the manual and go buy a torque wrench.
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July 3, 2012, 09:51 AM

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Do not use a wrench to crank down an oil filter
Key word is don't crank down an oil filter. depending on who put the last one on though.... you may just need something like that to crank it OFF. I have a pair of pliers I use like these
But you really aren't supposed to tighten the filter like you do other bolts, I believe it's less than a full turn from when the filter makes contact, but definitely just read the manual and it's pretty simple stuff. Hardest thing first time with a bike is figuring out the fairings IMHO... Oil change itself is easy. Remember that a warm engine will drain the oil much better than stone cold. I always pour a little clean oil and let it drain out too just to get any residual crap out of the engine.


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July 3, 2012, 09:53 AM

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Do not use a wrench to crank down an oil filter
That filter cap helps get the old one off....and even when you put them on by hand it sometimes is brutal getting a good grip to take them back off.

Cap is good...over tightening the filter is bad.


If you changed a car oil, this is some what the same basics...



1. open filler cap
2. remove old filter (i lay old rags over headers to catch oil that will leak.)
3. remove drain plug

4. put a little oil on the rubber seal and threads of the new filter...install hand tighten...but make sure its tighten good. (also make sure the rubber seal from old filter did not stick to engine.

5. install drain plug

6. fill with oil. if not on front and rear stands pour a little wait and check.
7 start the engine for about 1 minute to circulate the oil thru the filter.
8. check and set to proper level.


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That filter cap helps get the old one off....and even when you put them on by hand it sometimes is brutal getting a good grip to take them back off.

Cap is good...over tightening the filter is bad.


If you changed a car oil, this is some what the same basics...



1. open filler cap
2. remove old filter (i lay old rags over headers to catch oil that will leak.)
3. remove drain plug

4. put a little oil on the rubber seal and threads of the new filter...install hand tighten...but make sure its tighten good. (also make sure the rubber seal from old filter did not stick to engine.

5. install drain plug

6. fill with oil. if not on front and rear stands pour a little wait and check.
7 start the engine for about 1 minute to circulate the oil thru the filter.
8. check and set to proper level.
+1 unless you like oil shooting everywhere as you pull away for a ride haha. Did this in a car back in the day.
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July 3, 2012, 10:07 AM

What I mean is dont use the wrench to tighten


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Thanks for the input! I knew the basics of the oil change process but I also knew there are typically little details that can screw u if u miss them.
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Don't forgeg to put some old oil on the gasket on the fliter


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Thanks for the input! I knew the basics of the oil change process but I also knew there are typically little details that can screw u if u miss them.
Only two really big ones.

1)Make sure you refill the oil
2) don't tighten the drain bolt too tight otherwise you can crack your engine.

Just minor details
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Thanks for the input! I knew the basics of the oil change process but I also knew there are typically little details that can screw u if u miss them.
Well, in that case...you have a lazy way to change the oil...and a "more work" cleaner way.

removing the lower fairings make everything easy to get to and cleaner...

Leaving the fairings on is a tad bit of the lazy way, and the way I love to try and do, but requires using a El bow on the wrench and filter cap to remove it from your bike.



Lazy way is using the elbow , wrench and cap here, but it will be messy.



cleaner way...removing the lowers...



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