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has anyone used one of those quick oil drain valves on their strom? ... With how annoying it is to drop that skid plate I was interested if anyone ever used one of those. Or better yet used a pump to pull the oil out of the filler hole.

Fire away as I am open to see this idea shot down / flamed / etc :biggrinjester:
 

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I've used a Fumoto valve on my truck and loved the convenience. In that application, the valve was at 45 degrees and not in danger of getting knocked off if ground clearance was lost. A great design and well worth it on my truck. On the Strom, I would definitely not risk it; the body of the valve is maybe 1.25"...would stick down way too far into harm's way.

I also had a Fram quick-drain, in which you screw in a fitting that opens the poppet of the drain valve. This set up was much more compact and the risk of knocking the valve off was minimized, but the drain valve had such a small diameter port that it took forever to drain the 7 qts from the crankcase. While this valve may work on a Strom, you'd still have to drop the skid plate to screw the drain fitting on, so you'd gain nothing IMO. And I 'd still be concerned about anything that extends beyond the current plug...there's not that much ground clearance to begin with.

As far as using a pump to suck out oil, that's against my nature. I figure the manufacturer put the drain plug in the best location to completely drain the engine, so I'll always use that. Trying to suck it out is a lazy approach and could result in contaminants remaining in the sump. Besides, you won't be able to get anything into the oil fill; there's a big clutch thing in the way. That's my approach, YMMV.

Good luck with whatever you decide!
 

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I have used the fumoto valve on other bikes,not yet on the Strom. Should work. They are made in Redmond and make several sizes. They do need to be protected and caution needs to be had when seating the plug and not over tightening it
 

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Oh definately is something to consider...on the other hand the oil filter needs to be removed that does not help with the drain plug as you have to once again drop the skid plate to get the filter off... I comin gup on my first Oil change since I bought this bike. I suppose it is one of those things you get better at as you do the job.
 

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Or not

The pump is probably not going to get as much of the old oil out, unless you can somehow hard-install a pump pickup at the lowest point of the sump. Seems like a valve would be a good idea, but that just adds complexity and the possibility of malfunction. Cummon, the belly tray is 4 bolts, and you need to get it off for the filter anyway. Just remember to hand-tighten the drain plug before putting a (torque)wrench on it, and the chances of stripping out the threads are nearly eliminated.
 
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