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Is it advisable to do your own first service? It's just an oil change and a check of fasteners? Perhaps not doing my first service, but changing the oil, and filter as well as checking the fasteners. Leaving the actual first service for the dealership to do, at the start of next years riding season. I want to get at least another rider in this year, but the bike has just over 1000Km's on it and don't want to leave the old oil in there over the winter for next years first service.
 

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I've done several oil changes on bikes, brake pad changes, spark plugs, but I have never adjusted a chain before.
 

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I've done several oil changes on bikes, brake pad changes, spark plugs, but I have never adjusted a chain before.
The chain adjust is pretty simple, just slack off the axle nut on the rear and use the adjusters equally to pull the chain tighter til it has the approved 'sag" in the center...tighten up the bolt..done.
I'm curious about changin the plugs but it seems that theyre hard to get at..do you have to take the TANK off to get at all Four?
That was a major PITA when I had to change the Air filter.
 

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I've done several oil changes on bikes, brake pad changes, spark plugs, but I have never adjusted a chain before.
If you can do brake pads you can adjust the chain. You might as well learn how to do it because you'll have to do it a lot over the life of the bike. You'll find it will need to be down at first service and likely again at 6k

I did my own first service, I don't have a dealer near by. Just keep receipts and you'll be fine. It's more of a liability thing for them.
 

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Look in your owner's manual; it'll tell you what should be checked on the first 600 mile service. If I recall correctly, there isn't anything on it that would present a problem for someone who's had at least a little mechanical experience. Even if you decide to let the dealership do the service, you should know what's on it; there are plenty of stories out there of dealerships trying to convince owners that they have to change the spark plugs on the first service, or that they need to do a valve check. A little knowledge beforehand can keep you from being taken advantage of.

Youtube has been a real asset to me when it comes to undertaking maintenance tasks. There are multiple videos on line of how to adjust a chain; even if they aren't specifically for a V-Strom, the principles are going to be pretty much the same from one bike to another. Delboy's Garage is one site I've used more than once; I learned how to disassemble forks and change fork seals from watching his videos, and another video taught me how to change my tires by hand using spoons and not kill myself with the effort. Good stuff.
 

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I've done several oil changes on bikes, brake pad changes, spark plugs, but I have never adjusted a chain before.
Make sure that you find the tightest point on the chain and adjust the slack at that point, and tightening the axle nut, place your socket or wrench at about the 7 to 8 o'clock position and pull up on it, as this will keep the axle blocks pressed up against the adjuster bolts, were tightening the axle nut by pushing down on the wrench can pull the axle back tightening the chain.

I also suggest using Dupont chain saver chain lube.
 

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Make sure that you find the tightest point on the chain and adjust the slack at that point, and tightening the axle nut, place your socket or wrench at about the 7 to 8 o'clock position and pull up on it, as this will keep the axle blocks pressed up against the adjuster bolts, were tightening the axle nut by pushing down on the wrench can pull the axle back tightening the chain.



I also suggest using Dupont chain saver chain lube.


Thank you for that. This is the kind of “unspoken” advise I was looking for.


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I have a 2015 650 and may trade it in for a new 2018 1000. I don't like the major hassle of getting the tank off with the 85,000 different fasteners that need to be removed. Is a new 2018 1000 cc bike any better in this regard?

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Not to hijack the thread, but is there a oil filter that that you can get locally without go to the dealer or ordering it? If so what's the number?
 

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I have a 2015 650 and may trade it in for a new 2018 1000. I don't like the major hassle of getting the tank off with the 85,000 different fasteners that need to be removed. Is a new 2018 1000 cc bike any better in this regard?

NC
:green_lol:

Yeah, do the new ones have less than 85 thousand?
 

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There's a list, usually posted by GW of oil filters that fit the Strom. I use the "highly recommended" Wix #51359. Paging GreyWolf.
 
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