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%$#@ oil change from hell

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  1. gink1653
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    Ok, so the oil change was not that bad except for the fact that it took over an hour for me to get one of the bolts that connects the exhaust to the frame off. I had to buy a longer allen wrench and then put a bar on it and even at that point I had to stand on it.... That was ridiculous! And to get the front exhaust off was like a chinese puzzle even after I moved the brake res. and disconnect the foot peg. Why the hell did they make it this difficult?
    Anyway, my problem is that now everything is back together and my bike is loud! I do kinda like the sound, but now I am going to go back now and see if the exhaust is not back together right, but I can't see any obvious leak or how it could go together wrong.

  2. Sduplyumbr
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    The exhaust gasket might be damaged, or you may just have to tighten the bolts up a bit more.

  3. Jonezpoj
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    Exhaust gaskets are the crush type only meant to be used once. You might need a new one.......

  4. gink1653
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    Thanks for the replys.. I am just an idiot and did not get the rear exhaust connected securely. Things are much better now.
    Thanks again.

  5. MichaelW283
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    I am about to perform my first oil change on my bike. I have previously just took it into the dealer as I had the money but not the time. Now that the shoe is on the other foot...

    So did you replace your o-rings? When you got your oil change stuff from the dealer or online was it sold in a kit that included the new filter and o-rings? Or did you have to order the o-rings on your own?

    All new ground for me and I hope I don't have too many expletives to report once my oil change is complete.

    Thanks for sharing though! At least I know if I make the pipes sound louder I am in good company, another YMF guy.

  6. akend5
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    Ok, so the oil change was not that bad except for the fact that it took over an hour for me to get one of the bolts that connects the exhaust to the frame off. I had to buy a longer allen wrench and then put a bar on it and even at that point I had to stand on it.... That was ridiculous! And to get the front exhaust off was like a chinese puzzle even after I moved the brake res. and disconnect the foot peg. Why the hell did they make it this difficult?Anyway, my problem is that now everything is back together and my bike is loud! I do kinda like the sound, but now I am going to go back now and see if the exhaust is not back together right, but I can't see any obvious leak or how it could go together wrong.
    you might already know this, but they make a relocation kit for your bike that makes the oil filter accessible without having to get in the case.

    Here's a link to some places that have it: nxsparts.com/catalog/p8302/Filter-Relocation-Kit-99-08-Yamaha-V-Star-1100-Custom-Polished/product_info.html

    Here's one on ebay: cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Perf-form-Oil-Filter-Relocation-Kit-for-VSTAR-1100_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1205Q7c66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem290309310877QQitemZ290309310877QQptZMotorcyclesQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

  7. bkman
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    Quote:
    Why the hell did they make it this difficult?
    It's one of the little quirks of the V-Star 1100 - the engine was originally designed for a different bike (where the exhaust didn't interfere with the oil filter cover). I only did one conventional oil change on mine, and that was only because I was installing an ORK. The exhaust I bought would have been an absolute terror when it came time for a filter change (so I did pipes and ORK at the same time).

    My OEM exhaust came of very easy but the bike only had 900 miles on it at the time. I'd imagine an older machine (with some corrosion) might be much more diffuclt.

  8. MichaelW283
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    you might already know this, but they make a relocation kit for your bike that makes the oil filter accessible without having to get in the case. Here's one on ebay: cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Perf-...Q5fAccessories

    Oh! Half price. This maybe the ticket as it appears I will be doing my own oil changes I think I will be like bkman and make my first change also to be to install the ORK.

    Oil changes, according to the manual I have, is the single most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your engine. Sheesh if I could do the filter change that easily then I am sure oil changes will be a regular activity for me.

  9. vgink18054
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    I like having the ORK on my bike. oil change in 15 minutes

  10. AZBECK1106
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    Just got my ORK and will be installing this week. Anything I should know before I start????

  11. A1zbordztat
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    I have an ORK now, but before I replaced my pipes, I did not and I did the changes myself. It is a bit of a PITA, but not as bad as it is with some of the aftermarket pipes. I'm not sure what you have for pipes. I replace the filter and the O-Rings. There should be an O-Ring on one of the lower bolts as well. Do not forget that O-Ring or you will be leaking oil. I used WIX 24935. That p/n includes all 3 replacement O-rings. I ordered mine on-line from RockAuto. Not sure where to get it locally. Good Luck.

  12. gink1653
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    I ordered my supplies from Amsoil. The only filter they carried that fit my bike was a Wix (it came with the two o rings for the filter and the small one for the bolt).

  13. gink1653
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    I had thought of putting in an ORK but there are different opinions on that solution. So for know I am doing my research on that subject and using that money for new exhaust. MetricMagic is coming out with an exhaust and if the news is right, you wil be able to keep the exhaust in place when you change the oil filter.

  14. MichaelW283
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    I had thought of putting in an ORK but there are different opinions on that solution. So for know I am doing my research on that subject and using that money for new exhaust. MetricMagic is coming out with an exhaust and if the news is right, you wil be able to keep the exhaust in place when you change the oil filter.
    Yep, I too am researching. Since I am assuming we are compromising something for something, I don't think I'd put the value on convenience over performance.

    I am trying to figure out if there is a benefit of vertical vs. horizontal. I have seen oil filters installed both ways on several different applications. It would seem that if used vertical, it would be easier to have a trap at the bottom and attach a magnet to the filter for fine particles.

  15. Squrlej
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    You have to ask for the o-rings, they told me they didn't need to be changed but when I had them off they just fell apart. It's not fast and easy and the extra couple bucks for the o-rings are well worth it. Good Luck!

  16. yydom
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    I finally Got my filter kit a few weeks ago, took 3 hours to get everything apart and installed. No leaks Bought mine from barons, and it was nice cause it came pre assembled. Now I look forward to the next Oil change, instead of dreading it. I also changed the O-rings and the exaust gaskets since i had it apart

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