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November 7th, 2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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How to get more out of an oil change

I've been changing my oil like this for a while now and thought I'd share my methods for getting almost all the oil out of your bike.

My bike holds 1 liter, this change is at 8 hours. I rarely go past 10 hours.

The last change I put a new filter in, so will change it next time or on the 4th change. Sometimes I change it every other time or every third time. It just depends on what kind of riding I'm doing and if I have a filter in stock.


My method-

First, I check the oil cold on my marks I've made on the floor. (bumpy garage floor so I found two spots for the tires that are level.) Said marks are two pennys superglued to the floor.

Go for a decent ride to warm it all up good and hot.
Turn off the fuel a block or two away from home.
Lean bike against a post or wall whatever.
Pull oil plug and wait until it slows down.
Pull oil screen and let it drain for 5 minutes.

Here's how much came out.



Then I've shut the fuel off right? So it's not pulling fuel when I turn it over.
I hold the left kill button down, with the other button in the run position.
I press the starter button and turn it over about 8-10 revolutions three or four times.
Note you could kick it over instead.

After two times I tilt the bike way over to the left and do it with it leaned over.
The fourth time it's back against the wall where I started.

I've added the oil that was trapped to the Gatorade bottle. It amounts to about 150ml which is 15% of the 1 liter capacity.







I then add exactly the same amount that I drained. If i'm changing the filter also, I allow a little more for the oil that wont drain out of the dirty filter.

Instead of laying the bike on it's side and filling the filter housing like the manual says, I just pour oil in the filter and install it (with bike on the side stand).

Then I need to get oil to the filter and all the passages that were drained.

Same drill as above. Hold kill button down and turn it over with the starter or kick it over.
I tilt the bike left and right while cranking it.

Must turn fuel off and run it out as stated above. If you don't, it will leak from the overflow but the problem is when turning it over if the fuel is on or the bowl is full, it will backfire hard when you eventually start it.

After a few times it's ready to fire. I turn the fuel on and start it while looking at the glass for flow.

It adds a little time to an oil change, but it's worth it IMO.

Thanks to bushmechanic for the idea of kicking it over to get the trapped oil out.
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November 7th, 2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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Re: How to get more out of an oil change

I'm not a fan of this procedure personally. I don't like the idea of draining the pump and the oilways. Certain bearings in the engine are still under load (compression) even when spinning it on the starter. Just seems totally unnecessary IMO, especially when changing the oil as often as stated.
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Re: How to get more out of an oil change

While it sounds nice to get as much oil out as possible I don't particularly like the turning the engine over to empty out that last bit of oil, as already said when changing the oil so often ( 10 hrs max ) I don't think your method is needed & maybe introduces more harm than good
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