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post #1 of 89 (permalink) Old 01-30-2019, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Oil plug washers

I plan on changing the oil on my V2K. Iíve read the old threads but there is one thing I couldnít find, what type of washers/O rings does she use? Do I get 14mm and 17mm aluminum crush washers? Thanks in advance.
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Hmm.... I don't think I've ever changed out the washers.

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i am wondering if those stock washers were aluminum? I don't think they were crush washers

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You don't need to replace washer every oil change.
Yep even though they are "only a buck or less" IF you dont have one, use the old one.


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I will start off by stating that I have owned 1500, 1600, and 1700 Vulcans and other bikes, but never owned a 2000. If a Vulcan 2000 uses aluminium crush washers like other Vulcans, it is best to use a new crush washer when changing oil. When you can't get ahold of a new one (out of stock for instance), reusing the old one (once) is okay, as long as it isn't flattened-out. You can use sand paper (or just rub it on the concrete floor) to clean off a mild "Drain plug depression", left by the previous torque. A time or two, probably won't hurt if you watch for that wear pattern. If it won't clean up easily, it is too flattened-out. Not only could it leak, but more importantly, you could strip out the drain plug threads (this has happened!). Common-sense cheap, to just replace it with new. At the price paid for good motorcycle oil & a good filter, an extra dollar won't break you!
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lol...i've owned many bikes and never replaced the washer, i didn't even know i was supposed to. i guess i got lucky.
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Never changed any O rings or washers on mine in at least 6 or 7 oil changes in my 21k miles since I got my beast, I remember at least one of the three drain plugs does have an O ring.
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Not all bikes use a crush washer. Some use o-rings, some use copper washers. It really depends on the bike and the condition of the old washer. Harley uses an o-ring, which they suggest you change every oil change. On others, they just say to inspect the condition of the washer. As I said, my experience with crush washers is with the 1500/1600 vulcans. At the end of the day, we're still only talking a buck or so. At that low price, why not follow the manufacturer's instructions?
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Oh yeah, my '15 Voyager 1700 has them, too.
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be careful that you don't over-tighten the nut, just snug it up but not too much

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