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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-28-2005, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oil change?

How often do i need to change my oil? 05gixxer 600.
All info is appreciated, thanks.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-28-2005, 08:25 PM
 
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Check your manual. Although, my service manual says oil/oil filter change every 8k but I do it about every 3.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2005, 03:03 AM
 
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I do it every 2 to 3k miles.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2005, 06:02 AM
 
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Hi jrog24-

Your first oil change should come at 500 miles to remove any impurities due to the manufacturing process. Your next change should come 500 miles later at the 1000-mile marker. Once these two initial changes have been done, you can then go to a regular schedule of a change every 2500-3000 miles. Change more frequently if you ride in very dusty conditions or if you use the bike as a commuter.

The first couple of changes should NOT use synthetic oils. You need a certain amount of beneficial friction to allow everything to "seat" properly...which can only be done with traditional oils. Synthetics are practically "too slippery" for this to occur.

My favorites tend to be motorcycle-specific brands from Golden Spectro or Torco coupled with the highest quality filter that I can find. Oil must perform many complex jobs on a motorcycle, so you need the special additives these companies include in their formulations. Don't be tempted to use bargain lubricants from big-box discounters.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2005, 07:31 AM
 
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First: 600 miles

Second: 2000

Third: 4000

Fourth: 6000

ect.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2005, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Any info on how to change the oil do i need to remove panels, tools needed, amount of oil, where to purchase it. Autozone? Etc...
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-29-2005, 06:07 PM
 
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Hi jrog24-

You should be able to see the filter by peering into your engine compartment. This will help you to decide which panels need to be removed to grant access. You'll need the following items to complete an oil change:
  • plenty of old newspaper to protect floor/driveway
  • paper towels and handcleaner
  • new filter
  • new MOTORCYCLE-SPECIFIC oil
  • collection basin for old oil
  • socket wrench with extension for drain plug
  • filter clamp to loosen old filter
  • screwdriver to stab old filter if it's really difficult to remove
Your owner's manual will advise the oil capacity of your engine, but it will probably be somewhere near four quarts or so. Oil is the lifeblood of your motorcycle, so it is important not to skimp on quality. If you follow this search (hyperlinked) of the "How Do I" section of this forum you'll find a thread that will provide a step-by-step procedure on how to do an oil change complete with color pictures. Hope that helps!

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