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changeed oil and filter for the first time this morning

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  1. yzcoodermac
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    Hello fellow riders,
    This morning i decided to tackle the dreaded oil and filter change. I got some help from the forum on the site and i can say that all went well.I got started around 8:30 am and was finished by 10:00 am. i will recommend anyone to raise the front wheel up on a 2x4 to get to the drain plug.Im glad i did not invest in the aftermarket relocation kit.Ill stick mwith removal of exhaust for now. May change my mind later.When i was done oh by the way the thought went through my mind i wonder how it would sound with straight headers.Cranked it up and it souded awesome. Rode it about 5 miles or so from the house .Verrry slow past the police station .THe stock exhaust has got to be changed any recommedations would be helpful. Again thanks for your post about the oil change procedures all this really helped out in prepareing me for the process. Ride Safe!!

  2. ingnponez
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    Id still def consider the relocation kit , only because eventually your gonna have to replace the crush seals on the header pipe, and risk crossthreading the bolts to the header pipe , unlikely ... yea if your careful, but possible .. and man the oil change that happens on is gonna be the worst ,

    but for exhaust , check out that thread on pacific coast exhaust and the post by jojo aparently there may be some quality issues there , that was enough to make me forget about ever going through that company , biltwell has an exhaust kit basically just abunch of bends and what not that you can cut and fab your own , just chop off the flanges from your stock exhaust and weld em onto the biltwell pipes and cut and weld away ... personally thats what im planning on doing to ditch my current exhaust , just need a good chop saw and a welder .. or in my case a buddy with a welder the biltwell kit is like 165 or so give or take of coarse

    keep the rubber side down

  3. zvambrad
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    Have to agree with Ink on the ORK. I thought that I could get by without the ORK, but after the first two, I bought it. MUCH easier.

  4. fromohiouza
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    I hope you put lock tite (blue) on everything when you put it back together. After my first oil change, I lost two bolts off of my exhaust. If you don't lock tite them when you put them back, the vibration works them out.

    It's not too easy to find those bolts either.

  5. quicgmicg
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    I hope you put lock tite (blue) on everything when you put it back together. After my first oil change, I lost two bolts off of my exhaust. If you don't lock tite them when you put them back, the vibration works them out.It's not too easy to find those bolts either.
    That's a really good tip. It's amazing how bolts can come loose on these things. I've even had blue thread locker loosen up a couple of times. I switched to red for everything. ...

  6. nzom23
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    Where did you get your oil change guidance from on here? Could you forward that to me? I am due as well. Thanks

  7. fromohiouza
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    This is what I used:

    answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ap3mq2cLDdEp.E4_c0BnzQojzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20071119092331AArP1ai

    I got it off of yahoo answers.

    Worked for me.

  8. quicgmicg
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    Great link.... even the old pro's can brush up on this.

    THANKS!!!

  9. ybiber
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    Read and marked the Yahoo site for future reference. Great info.

    I have read several of the threads in this forum about oil changes and the preferences of oil each rider prefers. I am about to change the oil in my Vstar and the previous owner used synthetic oil. I plan to replace it with synthetic also, but would like to know the type of filter to use. I picked up a standard filter from the dealer today (paper) and they told me that it was suitable for synthetic oil. I would like another opinion before I proceed.

    ybiber

  10. quicgmicg
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    If it's a Yamaha brand filter, it's a pretty good filter. You should also be able to use any filter with synthetic oil.

    The major difference in filters is the quality of the filter media (paper) and the amount of paper used (number of pleats). The better the media, the smaller the particles that can be trapped, and the more paper, the less chance there is for the filter to become plugged.

  11. ybiber
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    Thanks quicgmicg for your assistance. Have all the parts, now just have to get the time to carry out the change.

    Great site.

    ybiber

  12. quicgmicg
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    Thanks quicgmicg for your assistance. Have all the parts, now just have to get the time to carry out the change. Great site.ybiber
    You are very welcome, let us know how it goes when you do get time to get it done.

    ...and just make sure to help someone else who needs it. That is what makes this forum so great. No one here knows it all, but with the help of the community....we can get just about anything done! ...

  13. CuzdomRawen8
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    I put on the relocation kit and it has made life and oil changing much easier and well worth the $240 bucks I spent on it.

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