Let’s talk about oil changes!
I’d be curious to know what you guys are running in your scoots? Here’s what I run:
For filter, I run the K&N KN-171C Harley Davidson/Buell High Performance Oil Filter
In particular, I like the fact that I don’t have to ever mess with any kind of filter wrench or crap like that. Easy on, easy off!
For oil in the engine, in anticipation of Summer I put in Rotella T 10W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil but we all know this Summer of riding never came for me.
That being said,the Rotella I used to use in my bikes is a full synthetic. I was a little apprehensive about using it in the Harley during the Summer, but I’m going to go ahead and give it a whirl in the next change and look forward to change in shifting that I’m guessing it will bring. I know the first time I used it, the change in shifting on my Vulcan was incredible. I’m talking about Shell Rotella T6 5W-40 full synthetic which you can usually get at Walmart for just about $20 or so.
– Engine oil drain plug should be tightened to 14-21 ft.-lbs
– Engine oil filter should be turned 1/2-3/4 of a turn after the filter seats against the engine
– Engine oil capacity is 4 quarts with a filter change but will probably only take about 3.5 quarts or so
In the Primary went some Red Line 42904 V-Twin Primary Case Oil that I picked up from Amazon.
– Torx Screws for Clutch Inspection Cover should be tightened to 84-108 in.-lbs
– Drain Plug should be tightened to 14-21 ft.-lbs
– Harley Davidson Gasket Service Kit Part #17369-06
And for the Transmission, I went with Red Line 42804 V-Twin Transmission Oil with ShockProof Fluid.
– Transmission Oil Drain Plug should be tightened to 14-21 ft.-lbs
– Oil Fill/Dipstick Fill Cap should be tightened to 25-75 in.-lbs
– Transmission Oil capacity is 32 ounces
Another handy item to have on hand for your oil changes, is a 50 PACK (#11105) Harley / Buell Drain Plug O-Ring Replacements which is a Harley Replacement.
If you don’t have a Clutch Fill Funnel Tool, do spend the $20 and pick one up, you won’t be sorry and there will be less of a mess for sure.
It’s the V-Twin 16-1059 – Clutch Fill Funnel Tool to be exact.
If you’ve never done your own oil before and want a good video to watch, check this one out, the guy does a pretty good job and is very descriptive in what he does. I’ve pretty much modeled my oil changes after this video.
Hopefully you’ve found this post helpful,