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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-02-2013, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Oil change on VN 900?

Has anyone posted about the voltage regulator being in the way of the oil filter?
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The regulator is easy enough to un-bolt to get it out of the way during the change. Didn't cause me any problems. I believe some brands of filter may be a bit too long to use because they hit the back of the regulator.

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Since the voltage regulator crowded the new Drifter fender I put on the wife's 900, I went ahead and re-located it to the left side of the bike with the purchase of 1 longer bolt and a spacer. Problem solved forever. I don't understand why Kaw put it where they did, makes absolutely no sense. Pics to follow.
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Moving the regulator off the filter is pretty easy. Getting the filter out for the first time can be a bear without a good metal cap wrench. Not sure why the regulator is put there but it may be because that spot sees a lot of air movement and the regulator likes to be cooled. It also blocks debris that’s thrown off of the tire from impacting the filter.

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by installing the Drifter fender, blocking debris is a moot point. I might just come back and make a more recessed cover for the oil filter which will clear the fender, maybe not
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Since the voltage regulator crowded the new Drifter fender I put on the wife's 900, I went ahead and re-located it to the left side of the bike with the purchase of 1 longer bolt and a spacer. Problem solved forever. I don't understand why Kaw put it where they did, makes absolutely no sense. Pics to follow.
I believe it's placement is based on cooling. They will run hot.

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if you hate moving everytime, you can do like i did. i put (2) 1/4" thick collar spacers on each bolt behind the bracket and longer bolts w/nuts. now i never have to remove it when i change the filter. it gives it just enough room to get the filter in and out. i'll post a pic if needed.

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here is a pic of what i am talking about.
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Since the Drifter fender needs that space, I did basically the same thing, but I moved it to the left. Let me go down and take a pic, be right back.
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voltage regulator out of the way now !

moved the voltage regulator between the shifter and the frame.
End of problem. Forever.
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