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Old 03-18-2009, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I change my oil myself on my rinny. I use a 2.5 ton hydraulic floor jack witha small block of wood and put it under the front diff.It's not the safest way of raising the front end to get the 4 full quarts out.

Got any ideas as tomake this easier , safer, and get it a litte higher. It's fully extended when I do this so its prob not as high as it should be to get more oil out. It also has the tendency to teeter back and forth if I am not carerful.

I wanted to change it today, just dont want to do it this way again.

Would just regular auto ramps be high enough?

Helpful suggestions and insults on my stupidity for not being safe are welcome.

Thanks in advance, Terry

I think someone mentioned just riding it up on the back of their trailer, the trailer is at gramps house, dont have time to go get it.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you have a winch on it just hook it to a good STRONG beam in the garage or even a tree limb will work, just be sure you find something strong enough and stay out of the fall zone if something should break. If you can get it up this high you will get most of the oil out.
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I have never lifted my bike up and no problems YET. 03 had 14000 miles and my 07 10500 miles
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Thanks MUD but I dont have a wench, so I would say raising the front end about 9 to 10 inches is the best I can do. However, this does let most of the oil out. If I remember last time I think I put about 32/3 qts. in it maybe a tadmore. That brought it to between half and 3/4 on the dipstick full mark zone, Not screwed in.

I let it drain for probably an hour and a half.

I don't konw about you guys, and I only have the plastic skid plate that came on the bike, but I remove it every time as well. I dont like letting the old oil out and getting some on top of the skid plate. It's hard to wipe off all of the excess oil . For one reason, just makes me doubt if the drain plug was put in correctly if I see a couple of drips off the skid plate. With the skid plate off I know immediately.

Would love to have a shop like yours, but that is way out of my reach. Maybe someday,,,, dreaming!!
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When you fill it back up with oil, put about 3 3/4 quarts in it and start it up and let it idle for about 5 minutes. Then turn it off and wait about 2 minutes and check the dip stick without it being screwed in. Top it off so it is just above the full mark on the dip stick.

Also before I drain my oil I let it run for a few minutes to get the oil warm. It will drain better that way. Lifting the front end up about 8 to 10 inches will work just fine. I let mine sit over night and drain before I put the plug back in and refill it. Also don't forget to change the oil filter when you are draining the oil.
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Harley Dog, that's pretty much how I do it except letting drain over night. I will take your advice and get it a little over the full mark though. This is the second batch of Mobile 1 I have put in it. It prob only has about 100 hrs on this oil, I am anxious to see what it looks like.

Will be reading up on the Castrol synth though, Amsoil pretty much cannot be purchased in my area, quickly that is, and even the Mobile 1 4T is getting hard to find. Had to got to 4 different places over a weeks time just to acquire 4 qts.
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Swampeast I have been doing that way, works fine. put it in 4wd and st the brake. let it drain for about a hour.
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I don't know what everybody else does, I warm it up realgood before I drain it the oil flows a lot better.
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I also use Mobile 1 4T. I change it every 100 hours or twice a year, which ever comes first.
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I use and ATV/Motorcycle jack, works great....
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