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2013 Voyager - 1st oil change

Going to change oil for 1st time. Picked up a Napa oil filter. Is there a special type of filter wrench I need? Since it's still in the breakin period, I'm planning on using regular oil. Any recommendations on brand? Will probably use Mobil synthetic for motorcycles after breakin.
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Why wouldn't use go ahead and make the change to synthetic now? Just wondering....

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Why wouldn't use go ahead and make the change to synthetic now? Just wondering....
I've always thought you were supposed to use regular dino oil thru break-in before switching to synthetic. No?
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I've always thought you were supposed to use regular dino oil thru break-in before switching to synthetic. No?
I'm not offering opinions, I'm asking. I'm almost ready to do a first service on a new 2013 Voyager, but I was planning to use synthetic in the service.

Anyone else have an opinion? Do you make the change to synthetic at the first oil change (500-600 miles) or later in the break-in period?

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I recall seeing some of your posts. I think we have the same model & color. I need to find out from someone about the filter wrench before I head to the cabin Wednesday. I can always call the dealer but a lot of good info from the guys on this site.
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I use a K&N filter that has a nut welded on the end for install and removal. You will find that there's not much room to use a filter wrench. If you're going to use filters without the nut on the end, I would get a small strap wrench.

There are several opinions as to when to use synthetic oil. If you want mine, you can use it after 600 miles.
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Thanks David. I must not have searched good the 1st attempt but 2nd attempt I saw a few suggestions on the strap wrench, especially if using the longer filter. I will get one on the way home tomorrow.
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I've always thought you were supposed to use regular dino oil thru break-in before switching to synthetic. No?
When I did the first oil change on my 2013 Voyager I went right to synthetic. I'm using Amsoil 10W40 with a K&N 303 filter. I like the nut.. Went 6k miles to the second change. I'll keep doing it every 6k. Makes the figuring out when I did the last change a lot easier. I subscribe to the KISS principal. In a couple weeks I'll be installing Commander II's front and rear. I'll be doing Rolling Thunder again this year and another trip (3d) to Canada.
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I use a 16" pair of channel locks on my filters.

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I kept dyno oil in mine for 5000 miles. Then switched to mobil 1.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Oil-Filter...ndles/41094105
I use Oil Filter Pliers to remove and my hand to put on a new one.

I do like the K&N filters, but got a bunch of Kawasaki filters at cost when my local dealer was going out of business.

I have heard that these engines aren't really broken in until 5000 miles and didn't want to risk using any oil during break in. Even when I switched to synthetic at 5000 miles, I did have to add a little oil before the next oil change and from there on I was good. Now have about 50,000 on the bike.

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