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post #1 of 9 Old 06-07-2012, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm an idiot - point out where the drain plug is for me?!

At about the 3,000 mile mark I decided to change the oil on my bike, despite having had the 600 mile service done just at the end of February, because I ride so much in the city that it's really well over 300 hours of riding with a lot of low gear constant shifting. Since the manual indicates I only need to change the filter with every other oil change I figure I'm good for just draining and refilling the oil.

I've changed the oil on my other bikes but I can't find the drain plug on the 2012 DL650. The manual points at a bolt that I can't map easily. I found a bolt on the underside of the engine that I thought was the drain plug, it has a "4" on it, but I removed it practically all the way out without any oil coming out, so I don't think that's what it is.

I have the OEM under cowling attached so it might be obscuring where the drain plug is, but when I looked under the cowling all the bolts I can see seem to be attaching the exhaust to the engine.

Er... A little help?
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It's number 1. It's an older pic but it's at the same position and the cast fin in front ot it is a dead giveaway.


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This is it on the old one, it looks pretty similar

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it has a "4" on it, but I removed it practically all the way out without any oil coming out, so I don't think that's what it is.

Er... A little help?
Just curious, why did you not removed it completly?
That was the good one...
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Oil pretty much stays in place until the plug is totally withdrawn.

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Oil pretty much stays in place until the plug is totally withdrawn.
I see... On my Kawasaki VN750 it starts spurting oil about halfway from fully removing the plug, which has much less thread on it too. I had the feeling I was removing an engine mounting bolt :P

So I probably had it right then!


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The fin is the clue. There are oil gallery plugs at the bottom too but no mounting bolts.

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I'm glad Grey Wolf beat me to the reply - I thought you were talking about this drain plug:

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And just to make sure you have the correct bolt, it is on the left side of the bike. Behind the little fin, as mentioned above.

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