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post #1 of 29 Old 09-21-2009, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Adventures in oil changing

When I bought this bike I decided that I was going to to all the servicing. I was going to learn it or I was going to become a cager again.

So...my first oil change on the bike (1000km). I got my filter ($15), I had some leftover AMSOIL from my VFR, a drain pan and lots of rags.

Taking the oil plug out went smoothy...the oil took about 5 minutes to stop poring out.
Took the filter off with the special filter wrench ($14)...no prob...more oil leaked out.

Once everything stopped leaking I gave it a quick wipe...took the new filter out and put some new oil around the O-ring and popped it on. (the two turns method once the filter touched the bike)

Then carefully measured 2.7 litres of oil.

All done...no issues...so then I turn on the bike and

BAM - PSSSSS - TURN OFF! TURN OFF! sh!t

The O-ring blew off the filter/bike. Oil sprayed out all over the driveway and up the side of the house. WHY!!!

Because I didn't check on the old filter if the old O-ring came off too!

What a complete nOObian thing to do.

So...hop over to the dealer, new filter and 3 litres of Suzuki's oil (total $35) and I do it all over again (minus the explosion).

Everything is fine

Except for a minor detail. If I run the bike for a couple of minutes the oil is above the Full line...is that okay?
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First off...I can't imagine how one can miss the Filter Gasket when installing a new filter...I mean, your face is RIGHT THERE...but anyway...

Do you mean the oil is above the Full Line while the bike is running?? If so, don't worry about that, as the oil is checked with the engine stopped...and give it a good 5 minutes to settle before checking for most accurate reading. Level ground makes a big difference too.

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First off...I can't imagine how one can miss the Filter Gasket when installing a new filter...I mean, your face is RIGHT THERE...but anyway...

Do you mean the oil is above the Full Line while the bike is running?? If so, don't worry about that, as the oil is checked with the engine stopped...and give it a good 5 minutes to settle before checking for most accurate reading. Level ground makes a big difference too.

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Well the Gasket is black, the filter is black the oil was black and I was doing this in the shade so you have to give a guy a break

The oil level is above full after the ride and then depending where I put the bike on the center stand I get either the full line or above.

I did do this with a level across the rack to make sure that I wasn't seeing things. But it is taking more than 5 minutes for the oil level to go down...is that normal?
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On the drz suzuki recommends 3 minutes running and 3 turned off. My vee seems to like the same process. Yes it takes a few minutes after you turn off the bike for the oil to settle and so you can get an accurate level.

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The oil level is to be established with both wheels on the ground snd the bike held vertically. If the bike is on the center stand, the oil level should appear high since the sight glass is in the front of the engine. I like to use the center stand as it is convenient and found that a tiny air space above the oil is perfect.

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Ah yes, the famous double rubber gasket trick. Mine ended similarly, except I saw a rapidly expanding pool of oil under the bike (accompanied with that sinking feeling) rather than spraying all over the place.

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When I bought this bike I decided that I was going to to all the servicing. I was going to learn it or I was going to become a cager again.

So...my first oil change on the bike (1000km). I got my filter ($15), I had some leftover AMSOIL from my VFR, a drain pan and lots of rags.

Taking the oil plug out went smoothy...the oil took about 5 minutes to stop poring out.
Took the filter off with the special filter wrench ($14)...no prob...more oil leaked out.

Once everything stopped leaking I gave it a quick wipe...took the new filter out and put some new oil around the O-ring and popped it on. (the two turns method once the filter touched the bike)

Then carefully measured 2.7 litres of oil.

All done...no issues...so then I turn on the bike and

BAM - PSSSSS - TURN OFF! TURN OFF! sh!t

The O-ring blew off the filter/bike. Oil sprayed out all over the driveway and up the side of the house. WHY!!!

Because I didn't check on the old filter if the old O-ring came off too!

What a complete nOObian thing to do.

So...hop over to the dealer, new filter and 3 litres of Suzuki's oil (total $35) and I do it all over again (minus the explosion).

Everything is fine

Except for a minor detail. If I run the bike for a couple of minutes the oil is above the Full line...is that okay?
So you're a service tech at which dealership? :lol:

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When I bought this bike I decided that I was going to to all the servicing. I was going to learn it or I was going to become a cager again.

So...my first oil change on the bike (1000km). I got my filter ($15), I had some leftover AMSOIL from my VFR, a drain pan and lots of rags.

Taking the oil plug out went smoothy...the oil took about 5 minutes to stop poring out.
Took the filter off with the special filter wrench ($14)...no prob...more oil leaked out.

Once everything stopped leaking I gave it a quick wipe...took the new filter out and put some new oil around the O-ring and popped it on. (the two turns method once the filter touched the bike)

Then carefully measured 2.7 litres of oil.

All done...no issues...so then I turn on the bike and

BAM - PSSSSS - TURN OFF! TURN OFF! sh!t

The O-ring blew off the filter/bike. Oil sprayed out all over the driveway and up the side of the house. WHY!!!

Because I didn't check on the old filter if the old O-ring came off too!

What a complete nOObian thing to do.

So...hop over to the dealer, new filter and 3 litres of Suzuki's oil (total $35) and I do it all over again (minus the explosion).

Everything is fine

Except for a minor detail. If I run the bike for a couple of minutes the oil is above the Full line...is that okay?
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