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post #1 of 27 Old 04-23-2019, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Maintenance Time!

Thought I was all done, but apparently there's this thing called an Owner's Manual that has a list of regular maintenance items to be followed. I am a bit delinquent on the following:

- Brake fluid change
- Air filter replacement
- Spark plug replacement

Any links, tips and part numbers would be appreciated. I would prefer to take a project management approach, measure twice, cut once so to speak.

I don't see any stickies for these items, so I thought I would check with y'all.

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Is it safe to assume that all DL650's 2012+ have the blue super long life coolant that only need changing every 4 years or 48,000km?

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Spark Plugs:
NGK CR8EIA-9
Denso IU24D

Any preference on which plug?


Brake fluid:
Any DOT4. Any preferences, or any DOT4 will do?


Air filter I'll buy directly from the dealer.

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Never assume anything.
Get the owner's manual and if you are intent on performing your own maintenance and repair, purchase the service manual as well.
To me, the factory service manual is the world's best owner's manual.
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Coolant, Mine is 15 years old, is that a problem? the bike runs fine and never gets over 3 bars and doesn't see freezing temps very often. If you don't ride in really dusty conditions, the air filter probably only needs a blast of compressed air.
Brake fluid, if the window in the reservoir is dark, it's probably a good idea. http://kirbysbrakebleeders.ecrater.com/ these make the job simple.

This is the think of the non AR less is more maint. I'm probably wrong though.
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Spark Plugs:
NGK CR8EIA-9
Denso IU24D

Any preference on which plug?
Brake fluid:
Any DOT4. Any preferences, or any DOT4 will do?
Air filter I'll buy directly from the dealer.
For spark plugs I use what the manufacturer calls for. In all the bikes I work on I use BelRay Super DOT4 unless something else is specified.
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Never assume anything.
Get the owner's manual and if you are intent on performing your own maintenance and repair, purchase the service manual as well.
To me, the factory service manual is the world's best owner's manual.
Bought it two years ago... time to crack the binding on it eh?
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The spark plug interval is higher than expected.

If I'm going to lift the tank for the brake fluid I might as well pop in a new air filter. I see the Hiflo air filters for $25, which is reasonable. I also like the high pleat count compared to the OEM.

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Read it, learn your bike, be the master of your own domain.
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The spark plug interval is higher than expected.

If I'm going to lift the tank for the brake fluid I might as well pop in a new air filter. I see the Hiflo air filters for $25, which is reasonable. I also like the high pleat count compared to the OEM.
I do not believe the tank needs messing with to do brake fluid.

As for spark plugs, do yourself a favor and buy the iridium replacements. A better plug and you are good for 50,000 miles easy.
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