I did the 570.1 mile initial service today (close enough to 600). I did everything except the balancer chain tension adjustment. It probably does no need it at 570 miles, but I figure it can’t hurt to be sure it is correct. The engine is quite quiet so I suspect all is well. My question is, what do you all use to remove the center and top covers, the ones with the long slots in them. I read somewhere that an old doohickey works well, but since I have yet to do the doo, I don’t have a spare doohickey to use. I don’t want to bugger the cover slots up with a screwdriver so looking for some clever ideas.
I was very pleased with the condition of the oil. It was dark, but far from black and I so no detectable metallic content as sometimes is seen on an initial oil change. The filter cover came off pretty easily with just my fingers, not need to pry on it as I have seem some folks do in videos. I just rocked it back and forth with my fingers and it came off fairly quickly.
I was surprised when I went to install the filter cover. I thought I would be able to simply push it in place with some oil on the o-ring and inside the housing, but I could not push it in with hand pressure. I tried rapping it with the heel of my and and that didn’t work either. I was afraid something wasn’t seated right, but the Wix filter looked nearly the same length as the OEM and the center tube sent into place well. So, I decided to put in the bolts and turn them with just a socket and my fingers until there was some pressure on the cover and see what happened. It slipped into place quite easily so I guess it was just a tight with with the -o-ring.
As an aside, as I was inspecting the brakes, I noticed that the front brake pads only sweep about 80% of the rotor. There is a good 0.1” or so on the inner diameter that isn’t touched by the brake pads judging by the wear marks on the disk. Seems a shame to waste that much of the disk area. I didn’t look closely at the back to see if it is the same there.
All in all, everything looks to be in great shape after the first few hundred miles. Now to start adding a few accessories. Need to order the doohickey from EM and probably will get an oil drain plug also. I was surprised at how far below the frame tube the stock one protrudes. I see where one hit on a rock could cause very expensive damage. Need to get a real skid plate also. I like the looks of the Motortek unit, but not sure if it is worth the premium price. Decisions, decisions.