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post #1 of 19 Old 05-26-2007, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey Strommers,

Need to change the oil in my Strom soon. This is more of a question for the BC crowd, but any input is welcome.

So as an aprtment dweller in Downtown Van, is it cheaper to change the oil myself, or when all is said and done is it better to have a shop do it?

I'm thinking in terms of finding a place to dumo the used oil, and how long it takes to change oil in the Wee. I've worked on autos a lot, but this would be my first time with a bike.

I do like the idea of self reliance, but then there is the point that when you add up all the time, effort, etc, its better to go too shop and just get it over with.

Thanx for the input!
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-26-2007, 06:14 PM
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Do it yourself.

I am also an apartment dweller

I have a parking spot in the underground garage and leave an oil drain pan and my current gallon of used oil in the garage. Pop the drain pan under, drain the oil, spin off the old filter, spin on the new one, dump in new oil and clean up. 15-20 minutes and finished. If you get a shop to do it, you'll either have to leave the bike with them for a day, or stand around and wait till they can get to the bike for you.

I just leave the oil drain pan and gallon of used oil in the garage. If anyone wants to steal it, they can go ahead.

Disposal is easy since Canadian tire usually has a large metal tank for oil. I asked at the local store near my place and they said, just drop off the used oil in a sealed container next to the tank, and they'll drain it into the tank when they next dump their own used oil. No charge for that either.

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Ditto. I have a small filter wrench and a centre-stand so the whole thing takes 15 - 20 mins. I buy a Suzuki filter and 3 litres of Mobil1 synth oil. There are several places around town who will take your used oil. If your bike is new, remember to keep the receipts and mark the change in your warranty book.

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post #4 of 19 Old 05-26-2007, 09:59 PM
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Thumbs up DIY oil change

As an ex m/c service tech with 25 yrs exp I say go for it. Anyone who owns a bike needs to know how to perform basic maintenance on their machine. You will get to know your mount intimately and enjoy a real sense of competence in your mechanical abilities. That way if you breakdown in the middle of no where instead of pissing your pants you just get down to fixing the problem and get yourself the hell out of there. Been there, done that, felt good about it. You will too.

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DIY, I get my filters at NAPA, the NAPA gold filter is around 9 clams canuck. Maybe you can drop your oil at a local garage, or Cdn Tire?

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vfxdept, make arrangements to drop off the bike in Squamish where you work. It will be done and waiting for you at the end of the day. Diamond Head Yamaha is just a stones throw from Tim Hortons and easy to find. They service most brands but give them a little lead time to get the right filter if it is needed.

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Try doing it yourself....I have always done all my cars and bikes.

On many occasions I have found small problems that could have turned out to be big ones, if I didn't spot it during the oil change. I have found small leaks, loose bolts missing parts over the years, stuff I never would have noticed had I not poked around while doing oil change.

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Do it yourself, most bike shops charge way too much for an oil change.
There is a filter install tool you can get from Suzuki for about $10 which makes it easy to remove and install the filter.
Rub a little oil on the new filter gasket before you put it on.
After you have spun the new filter on by hand it take 2 full turns with the ratchet to tighten it.
The old oil will drain better if the engine is warm.
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Thanks for all the advice!

Appreciate all the input. Sounds like the changing itself is not a big deal.

I'll just have to check on where to dump the oil.

Thanx all, and ride safe!
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Most garages will have a facility to send the oil to a recycling place. Ask them nicely and they likely will take you oil.

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Appreciate all the input. Sounds like the changing itself is not a big deal.

I'll just have to check on where to dump the oil.

Thanx all, and ride safe!

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