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post #1 of 29 Old 01-30-2018, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Oil and fluid changes

Have a Vstrom 650 ABS Adventure 650 and getting ready to start my own oil and fluid changes. I know how to change the oil. Is there any other oil type of changing to do, like gear box or anything like that? What about the coolant, how often? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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post #2 of 29 Old 01-30-2018, 10:23 AM
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Coolant every 2 years.
Brake Fluid Flush every two years.

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The gearbox and the engine are lubricated by the same oil. Check the coolant type your bike comes with. Some are long life types that last better than 2 years.
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Coolant every 2 years.
Brake Fluid Flush every two years.

The Google custom search box located in this page will link you to all the information you will ever need to know about fluids for your bike.
The “SUZUKI SUPER LONG LIFE COOLANT” (Blue) is every 4 years and the “SUZUKI LONG LIFE COOLANT” (Green) or non-genuine super long life coolant says every 2 years.

I wonder what comes from the factory.
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I'm pretty sure the rad fluid I drained out of my bike was blue and because I got my 2008 650 used (2nd owner) from a dealership I really didn't know for sure it's history with respect to coolant changes. I flushed the cooling system three times with distilled water and ended up using Toyota pink long life coolant. I told myself I'll change it in two years but if I get lazy or forgetful it gives me at least another two year grace period.
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I'm pretty sure the rad fluid I drained out of my bike was blue and because I got my 2008 650 used (2nd owner) from a dealership I really didn't know for sure it's history with respect to coolant changes. I flushed the cooling system three times with distilled water and ended up using Toyota pink long life coolant. I told myself I'll change it in two years but if I get lazy or forgetful it gives me at least another two year grace period.
This is a good detail to take into consideration when changing coolants. If you're going to use a different coolant than what's currently in the system it's essential to flush the existing coolant out of the system well. Some coolants when mixed can result in undesirable chemical reactions. Most automotive systems I've flushed have taken about three fill/drain cycles (running up to operating temp each time) with straight distilled water to come out clean and ready for refill with new coolant. ALWAYS use distilled water to flush and to mix with concentrated coolants.
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Coolants come in two base glycols, ethylene (alcohol based and poisonous) or Propylene (vegetable oil based and environmentally safer. actually you eat propylene glycol on the regular basis as its a food additive).

Color, texture or smell is no way to tell what base glycol/coolant you have only chemical analysis can do this. If you mix propylene and ethylene basesd glycol they can gel so that is why it is important not to mix unknown glycols/coolant together.

But you don't need to get expensive "motorcycle" coolant well because there really is no such thing as "motorcycle" coolant. Coolant is either a propylene or ethylene glycol base with water and an inhibitor to adjust the PH to a level that will not attack metals in the system. Typically aluminum is the most PH sensitive metal in the system. Since most radiators have lots of aluminum in them PH is adjusted to satisfy it. That is why you see "aluminum safe" on the label of 99% of coolants available at the store. Aluminum safe is nothing more a PH range. The second thing you need to look for is glycol that is silicate free. Silicate doesn't get along with the plastic impeller and seals on the water pump of motorcycle, automobile, tractors, lawnmowers, generators or any engine.

The good news is cheap old premix Prestone 50/50 is "aluminum safe" and "silicate free" and is all your motorcycle needs. At a whopping $8.88 a gallon it is cost effective.
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Ok stupid question time......
I have a late 2017 650XT, and it’s time for first oil change.
PROBLEM
I’m on an island province in Philippines.... nearest dealer a 1 hour plane ride or overnight ferry ride away, so I can’t just pop over and buy the parts I need.
I can oil locally no problem, but I’ll have to buy the filter on-line so I MYST be 100% certain!!!
But when I try to locate the filter type, all the suppliers catalogues seem to stop at 2016 models!!!!!

So, simple question.... is the K&N KN-138 Oil Filter correct to my 2017XT 650?
I can get these online easily!


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As long as youre ordering..you COULD just order from a Suzuki dealership parts department several of the oem Suzuki oil filters and drain plug gaskets.
Oil filter......16510-07J00
Drain plug crush washer...09168-12002
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