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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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For the first time since I've owned my RC I'm going to attempt to change the oil and oil filter. Does anyone have a brief walk through for this? Is it an easy job and is it easy enough to do the air filters too while I'm at it, or is that a whole other job entirely? Gonna leave the hard stuff like the plugs, brake and clutch fluid for my local guy to do.

Any help or advice would be appreciated as most of you who know me know that I'm useless with mechanical stuff!

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The hardest part of changing the oil on a RC is taking the fairings off. I've always took off both side fairings, it could be done with only taking off the right (throttle side) fairing, but when you drain the oil the from the engine, it may get on the other fairing, but for me it is just in the way to get to the drain plug.
Other then that, drain plug on the left side of the oil pan, oil filter on the front near the starter, oil fill and sight glass on the right.

Air filter is a little more, but once you get the tank lifted it's eight screws (if I remember right), two of which hold the filters in place.
When I need to lift my tank I pull the tail fairing too, just so I don't have to worry about it rubbing on the sides of my tank.

In my experience, none of maintenance on a RC is hard; oil change, air filters, checking the valve lash; but some of it can be a pain to get to i.e. pulling out the air box.

Down load the service manual (its free, http://www.rc51.info/index.php?page=service) it walks you through most things step by step.

When are you planning/wanting to have your bike serviced? I need to do all that you have listed to mine. I can put together a "how to" or "walk through" together, but it wont be until late Jan. or early Feb.

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^ thats really helpfull advice man, thanks. plus that how to would be awesome, but its mid/late jan im doing mine.

i think ill get all the fairings off (apart from the head fairing) one day and put it on a drip/treakle charge.

do the oil and filter another day.

then do the air filters another day. just do a bit at a time, nice and easy

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another thing: my rc is currently on its rear paddock stand, so the rear is up. does the bike need to be level when putting the oil in, so the sighting glass is accurate?

to lift the fuel tank up, do i need to do anything with the fuel inside?

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Best to have the ol'gurl on the ground on the side stand, oil level is checked with bike OFF the stand and sitting upright and LEVEL ground is a must. After changing oil and filter, run bike for a min or so....stop the engine.....let it sit for a min, then check sight glass should register half way between the low/high marks. Remember to have bike sitting upright when checking oil level, I do not know how many leave it on the stand and end up overfull.

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Thanks duck hunter. Any advice when lifting the fuel tank lads?

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Thanks duck hunter. Any advice when lifting the fuel tank lads?

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