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post #1 of 19 Old 05-21-2009, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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First oil change at 250 miles or so...

I was thinking of doing the first oil change and wanted recommendations for oil type and also should I change the filter now or wait till 600 miles?
I have 115 miles on the bike right now and am planning on riding saturday approximately 120 miles then chnaging the oil and next week doing about a 280 mile ride. All input is appreciated... Thanks

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-21-2009, 02:43 PM
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No harm in changing it. I did mine soon after I got my bike. Some do it first thing. I would do the filter, too. Should be some metal on there.

Be careful you don't strip the pan when you put the drain plug back in (I did). Faulty torque wrench. And aluminum is soft. You want my .02, don't even use a torque wrench...not a load bearing part and you'll know if it's too loose. Drip, drip, drip. I personally think re-using crush washers is a bad idea. Some people do.

And make sure you don't through away the metal cylinder that goes through the filter.

If this is new to you, go to youtube and search 'klr oil change'. Tells you all you need to know. Takes about five minutes to watch the video and about the same to change oil and filter.

Hope this helps. I'm not even getting into the oil type debate. Personally, I use Castrol 10w40 MC oil, but that's cause I bought a gang of it on sale. Will be switching to Rotella next change. But oil is like religion. You'll see.




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I would say do it now! I changed mine at 500 miles and there was a lot of metal filings! Make sure to take a look at the filter!
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There's bound to be metal. That's normal if you're breaking in a new engine and nothing to worry...or if it is, you'll know it. Just change it and admire the sparkly filter.




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I also recommend using cheaper oil during break-in (first 1000 miles) to facilitate ring seating.
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I just did before the holiday weekend at 210 miles and there was
plenty of silvery pearlesent goo in the oil. Engine break ins have changed
drastically with the advent of CNC's and laser-measured machining. I expected
to see much more than what came out. Some people just drive normally right
off the showroom floor. Some baby it for a thousand miles. There's as many
opinions as there are brands of oil to use. Getting contaminated oil out is never
a bad idea regardless of how you are running the engine in. I babied mine for
about 35 miles and started hitting it harder and harder although never beating the
engine or going over 5k rpm's as of yet (430 miles now.) Good to see new people
on board here as I am too and very much still in the learning phase. Welcome, pull
up a chair, and share questions and opinions.

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Oopsie. A public apology for saying "never beating or going over 5k rpms.".

Did a couple of top-speed runs getting the carb dialed in.

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Count me in the "sooner is just fine" 1st oil change group. My 09' has 129 miles showing as of this morning when I changed the oil & filter. The OEM oil filter was dirty looking and I did see some fine metal particles in there,too. A small amount of panic set in when I dropped the old filter and forgot which way it came out in relation to the metal tube through it's middle. Take the tube out of the old filter and put it in the new filter as instructed in the owner's manual. Then install it with the smaller end pointing in the engine.
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post #9 of 19 Old 05-28-2009, 12:17 PM
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That metal tube will only go in one way. I've had that panic moment.




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Gotta say, the factory says 600 miles for a reason. Whenever oil is changed, there's a bit of time where there is no oil pumped into the engine, and this is definately not good during breakin when the parts are not yet saturated with oil. The filter will have metal in it, that's why it's there. The engine will NOT however have shavings in it.
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