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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Red face 600 Mile Oil Change

Ok. I've done many oil changes: on my 05 Triumph Sprint ST, different cars over the years. The Nomad was a little different in that it had two drain plugs. No biggie.

I pull the plugs, the oil drains, and um...where are the washers? Every vehicle I've done used press washers with the plugs. I think, "Oh well, Kawasaki must have some advanced stuff going on."

I replace the drain plugs, changed the filter using a Bosch 3300, and poured in 4 quarts of Mobil 1 4T 10W-40. I start the bike, let it run a few minutes, check for leaks, then shut it down and wait 15 minutes or so. No leaks.

Checked the dipstick and nothing shows yet (I'm not surprised since the owner's manual says to use 4.5 quarts with a filter change). I add another half a quart and the level shows about where it should.

I start to clean up...tools, rags. I pour the old oil into a gallon container.

Duh. The washers are sitting on the bottom of the drain pan all nice and oily and shiny.

Nothing like doing the first oil change twice on your new bike to get to know her.

This is what is known as a Classic Delbert.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 06:44 PM
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Not really! The first time is a learning experience. The second time is a classic. I think we all have our share of learning experiences.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-16-2010, 10:59 PM
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Wooo, that is funny, but thanks for sharing. It's another "DRTBF" stunt, or "Didn't Read The Book First".

I replied here, because I have a Triumph Sprint too. Mines a 1999. Love that bike also. Lotsa "fun factor".

Very different in oil changes though. LOL

PS...love the dog in your Avatar. I love big smushy faced dogs. We had a Pug for almost 9 years.

Current bikes: 1999 Honda VFR800, 1999 Vulcan Drifter 800, 2000 Honda Magna VF750C
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-17-2010, 01:15 PM
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I too have done many moto oil changes and tell myself before every one of them that this time I'll catch the washer . Rarely happens , so I have to go fishing . Allows you to feel and look like a mechanic ... with filthy hands . Worth every minute considering most dealers want $100+ for an oil change (and scratches on your bike are free !) I do all maintenance myself so if I mess up I know whom to blame .
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