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Drive shaft oil

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  1. bazdorrop1
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    I plan to change the oil in my driveshaft. It looks like a simple project, just drain and refill right? Does the bike have to be level for this?
    Any tips or pointers would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
    Rob

  2. 2WheelPik
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    You're right; it's a very simple project. I don't think the bike has to be exactly level, but it may not hurt to have it drain on the kickstand, then put a 2x4 block under the stand to make sure all if it drains.

    Just be sure not to overfill.

  3. bazdorrop1
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    Overfill? I thought you filled it as much as possible. How do I know when it's full? Thanks for warning me.

  4. bazdorrop1
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    Bump. Anyone?

  5. N2cr7zharg
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    Edit: Service Manual states fill to bottom brim of fill hole while standing level. Page 3-28

  6. Snufftokk
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    That's what I read in my manuel also.

    Ride Safe

  7. bazdorrop1
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    Thanks guys. I appreciate all the input on my stupid question.

    BE SAFE!
    Rob

  8. Snufftokk
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    Pastor, no such thing as a stupid question. That is why we ask questions.

    Ride Safe

  9. wzdar6
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    The only stupid question is the one not ask!! Thanks pastorrob you jogged my memory about the drive shaft oil. i gotta check the manual for change interval. I got almost 12,000 logged and hasn't been changed since 600 mile service. i'm not overly confident that the dealer even changed it, since i don't have any proof. what me! no faith! not where a dollar is involved and no eyes watching!

  10. 2WheelPik
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    I apologize for not clarifying; the only harm in overfilling is a mess on your garage floor. On my Viragos it seemed like I was always getting the absorbant out

  11. bazdorrop1
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    V-Star 20 I agree with you. I'm not real mechanical, but I try to do everything I can myself. I have often paid people to work on my cars and bikes just to find out they didn't do what they claimed. That really gets under my skin. I appreciate everyone here giving me advice, it helps me accomplish more at home.

  12. wzdar6
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    checked my manual and the change inteval is 16,000 miles. i think i'll change it now at 12000 while i got my tools out and the jack handy!!

  13. quicgmicg
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    It really is an easy task to do. Took me about 10 minutes and most of that was spent looking for the quart of royal purple gear lube I'd just bought to refill. Just slip a small plastic cup (margarine container) to catch the old stuff - - let it drain until you get an occasional small drop then replug the hole, fill with the bike at straight as possible - - to the bottom edge of the top hole....then go for a ride. It's not a bad idea to recheck after the short ride just to be sure.

  14. maxcruizer
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    It really is an easy task to do. Took me about 10 minutes and most of that was spent looking for the quart of royal purple gear lube I'd just bought to refill. Just slip a small plastic cup (margarine container) to catch the old stuff - - let it drain until you get an occasional small drop then replug the hole, fill with the bike at straight as possible - - to the bottom edge of the top hole....then go for a ride. It's not a bad idea to recheck after the short ride just to be sure.
    +1 to quicgmicg - only thing to add is go for a ride b/4 draining oil

    Mike

  15. wzdar6
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    thanks guys! had not thought of going for a short ride to warm the rear end up a bit. should make for a better and quicker drain.

  16. bazdorrop1
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    There's not much in there! I got mine changed and I used an oil drain pain, expecting a lot to come out. It only took about a 1/3 of a quart to refill it.

    Thanks for all the advice!
    Rob

  17. wzdar6
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    bazdorrop1 i just finished my change also. the manual list the cap. at .20 qt. that's at least 4 changes a qt. even if you spill some, which i did. i think i'll change mine at every oil change. $2.50 a change is not too much to pay for peace of mind. the oil i removed was pretty dark. i'm glad i changed it before 16,000 miles. the last few days i've spent more time wrench turning than riding. the scary part is i actually enjoyed it. a mechanic i'm not,but i'm learning. it's always good to know that help with a problem is only a few key strokes away. ain't the net good!!

  18. Concrede711
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    How often do you change the rear end lube in your car?

  19. quicgmicg
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    How often do you change the rear end lube in your car?
    like NEVER in my wife's car..it's a front wheel drive.... in my 01 Lightning I changed it to Royal Purple..and will probably not look at it again......

    point taken on the drive shaft oil... the important thing is that there is some in there......

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