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Does my '06 900 have the screen that has to be checked and cleaned at oil change? Does my wife's '08 500? Thank you.

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the manual recommends cleaning the oil screen with high-flush solvent when the oil is changed (it is mentioned that gasoline and low-flash solvents are not to be used) and also replace the O-ring.
most of us don't clean the oil screen every oil change (most of the time it's clean) and also the O-ring is reusable...

when you take out and reinsert the oil screen, you will need to bend it a little in order to clear the frame... make sure the components go in in proper order (use finger to fish out and reinsert the oil screen).
don't over tighten it, torque it to 20Nm, 15ft lb

here's a diagram:
https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/kawasaki/motorcycle/2006/vulcan-900-classic-lt-vn900d6f/oil-filter

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Thank you! Is the screen in the same place as the drain plug? Is there a screen on the '08 Vulcan 500 as well as '06 Vulcan 900?

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the oil screen is not close to the drain plug. it's lower mid engine, left side.
for locating the oil screen, consult the above link and look for the part 11012.

This forum has different sections. for questions related to the Vulcan 500 you'd have better chances for replies by posting your questions in that section: https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/50-vulcan-500/
 

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Unless I have totally missed it my '07 Kawi manual does not mention the oil screen in the section regarding oil changes, so apparently the manual was changed for later years. I found out about the screen from being on Kawi forums. In any event I have had mine out only twice - once after the first two oil changes and once after I replaced my stator. Both times the screen was clean, and I haven't bothered otherwise since as durox mentions it has to be bent slightly to remove and insert it and I feel that I am much more likely to damage it by repeated bending than cleaning a clean screen would accomplish.
 

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I forgot to mention that I was referring to the service manual, I'm pretty sure the owner's manual does not instruct in cleaning the oil screen filter...

I've found some small pieces of silicon from the liquid gaskets they use -when the engine was young... it does seem that one could damage that oil screen with frequent bending. it's about $10 and not everybody has it..
 

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Would the liquid gaskets be for the o-rings? I saw someone on YouTube was spraying the screen with brake cleaner to clean it.

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Also, I may go with 15w-30 4-stroke oil. Have been told that is better for summer.

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brake cleaner would work. in essence you want to clean the screen of the large particles it collects. there is no need to degrease it. you'll see what I'm talking about when you take it out... a firm shake or a shop rag does the job in most cases.

there is no need for liquid gaskets. only the factory uses it when assembling the engine. some excess material gets loose after the first miles and the oil screen captures all that...

regarding the motor oil, the vulcan900 requires a heavier than 30 oil for the summer (depending on the temperatures)... from 10F - 110F temperature, use 10W-40 oil.
a 10w-30 oil is to be used from 10F to 85F.

*search on google for both the owner's manual and service manual. you'll find them both in pdf form for free and you'll find everything you need to know and more about the vulcan 900.
 

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the manual recommends cleaning the oil screen with high-flash solvent when the oil is changed (it is mentioned that gasoline and low-flash solvents are not to be used)
This is more of a fire safety thing than anything. That kind of warning appears a lot in the books.
 

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Plenty of replies here already, but to share a quick experience. Like others, I only found out about the screen on this forum. I bought my 2008 900LT new and the dealer did the first oil change at about 500 miles. I did all the rest. I checked my oil screen on the first change that I did and found about 50% of it covered by what appeared to be a thin plastic sheet. I'm guessing it was a protective coating from an internal engine part that was left on during manufacturing, and the filter screen caught it. I then checked it virtually every oil change since and never found anything on it again. Fortunately I never had any engine problems, other than the stator, but wonder if I hadn't found that restriction what might have happened.
 
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