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Excellent.....that correct warm up and the 30 second idle is ESSENTIAL for correct oil level. I finally learned that after 8 years of ownership and several oil puddles:}:}
 

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Great write up

Great Write Up.. LMAO!

Which Bolt,,,, Yep,,,, been There,,,
Over filled,,,,,Yep,,,, Been There,,,
Turkey Baster,,,,Yep,,, Been There,,,,
Forgot to put the filler cap back on,,,,, Yep,,,, Been There Too!

Rounded Off Engine Drain Bolt,,,,,,,,,, Almost was there.

I got this idea from somebody on the 4m on how to mod a drain bolt wrench. Makes it alot easier to loosen.

http://www.rswarrior.com/forums/13-technical-discussion/176098-oil-drain-bolt-wrench-mod.html

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So..... I overfilled...... What's the proper way to check the oil? So I don't overfill it again
and I get the correct amount of errrl in her before my big ride tomorrow night.....
 

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Today I did my first oil change on my Warrior and I followed this tutorial to a "T". I'm happy to report that it could not have gone smoother and it turned out to be a pleasant experience. The manual says 4.1 litres if putting in a new oil filter but it actually took about 4.5 litres probably because I used the bosch filter which is physically a little longer than the yam oem filter. Thanks again for the tutorial, it saved me all kinds of time. Oh and I switched to mobil synthetic v-twin oil and maybe it's my imagination but I noticed less metallic noise coming from the engine now, seems to run smoother.
 

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I know this is dorky, but a few years ago I changed the oil and forgot to put ONLY 3.5 qts in then start it, rev it a few times, shut it off, then continue filling it up. Instead, I just started pouring and pouring right down the funnel until I had oil coming out the top of the oil tank and running all over the bike and all over the floor:mad::mad::mad:.

So, dorky or not I didn't want to do that again and I was always having to look up to see how much oil it takes when i was due for an oil change so this is what I came up with.

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I used an old laundry detergent container and cut it down so it would fit under the bike and wrote directions for my short term memory.:rolleyes:

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On the other side I made note of how much oil the tank and engine hold.

Pretty pathetic, huh?:eek: Oh well, it works!!!
I am so stealing this idea.
 

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Thanks for the GREAT post, your timing was excellent..! About to do my first oil change since I bought the bike last month.
 

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Forgive my newbie-ness, but do you have to ride it prior to changing, or can you just let it get to operating temp and change then? Got a REAL low front tire so that's why I'm asking. Just gonna pull the front wheel off and go to local gas station to put air in it.
I know this was a few months ago.

Your going to pull your front wheel off to fill it with air? A $10 hand pump goes a long way. I keep one in each car along with a plug kit. I've never been stranded with a flat tire. I plugged it every time and filled it with the hand pump. Only twice I had to use the spare because the tire was beyond a plug.
 

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Thank you

This was so helpful! Avalon and I changed our oil for the first time yesterday (over to synthetic). Her and I kept the pics and directions up on the phone and we were so glad to have had this thread to refer to. We also used a bike lift for the first time and that was the tricky part. We made a huge mess (embarrassing pics below) but are better for the experience and feel accomplished that we did it ourselves :eek:
 

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This was so helpful! Avalon and I changed our oil for the first time yesterday (over to synthetic). Her and I kept the pics and directions up on the phone and we were so glad to have had this thread to refer to. We also used a bike lift for the first time and that was the tricky part. We made a huge mess (embarrassing pics below) but are better for the experience and feel accomplished that we did it ourselves :eek:

yeah, thats about how it looked when i tried to change the oil using a lift. no place to put a catch pan. I usually roll the bike up on blocks (kickstand too) not saying thats the safest way but it allows me to work under the bike and fit a catch can
 

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yeah, thats about how it looked when i tried to change the oil using a lift. no place to put a catch pan. I usually roll the bike up on blocks (kickstand too) not saying thats the safest way but it allows me to work under the bike and fit a catch can
Hmmm..... (noob here) like blocks of wood?
 

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Hmmm..... (noob here) like blocks of wood?

yeah, im not saying its the best way to do it but im more of a "lets see what i have laying around the shop" type guy than a "what can I go buy" type guy. I just took a 1x6 or 2x6and cut (or found laying around) sections progressively shorter than the last. not sure of the lengths, like 20" 16" 12" and 8" and stack them on top of each other, even with each other at one end and like steps up on the other end then I just ran a 3 or 3.5 in screw through them to keep them from sliding apart. made one for each tire. push the bike up the "ramp" and throw a block of whatever you want thats 4-6" thick under the kickstand and you have nough clearance to work under the bike.
kind of like below.

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Like I said, there a probably much better ways to do it, but its scrap lumber, that i can use on other projects as well so it works pretty well for me.
 

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yeah, im not saying its the best way to do it but im more of a "lets see what i have laying around the shop" type guy than a "what can I go buy" type guy. I just took a 1x6 or 2x6and cut (or found laying around) sections progressively shorter than the last. not sure of the lengths, like 20" 16" 12" and 8" and stack them on top of each other, even with each other at one end and like steps up on the other end then I just ran a 3 or 3.5 in screw through them to keep them from sliding apart. made one for each tire. push the bike up the "ramp" and throw a block of whatever you want thats 4-6" thick under the kickstand and you have nough clearance to work under the bike.
kind of like below.

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Like I said, there a probably much better ways to do it, but its scrap lumber, that i can use on other projects as well so it works pretty well for me.
Thank you so much for that...I am going to scrounge around my mothers garage and see what contraption I can create now.... I am inspired...
 

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Hello,
Just did my oil change. Took both plugs off as well as the filter, let it drain over night; next morning I leveled the bike, hit the starter button to turn the engine without starting it, let it drain for a couple more hours. Plugged everything back, replaced with new filter, put 2.5 qts of oil in turned it on a few seconds, put the rest of the container in (3.78 total), no oil on dipstick, went and got another qt, ended up putting the whole thing in; just barely on dipstick (yes it's screwed all the way in). Rode it a couple of miles, added another .25 qts and it's midway on the marks. That's about 5 qts total plus I could add another .25 no problem. Specs call for 4.10 w/filter; what is the total system capacity? I know I drained as much as I could get out, but an entire qt. Thanks for any info you give me.
 

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Hello,
Just did my oil change. Took both plugs off as well as the filter, let it drain over night; next morning I leveled the bike, hit the starter button to turn the engine without starting it, let it drain for a couple more hours. Plugged everything back, replaced with new filter, put 2.5 qts of oil in turned it on a few seconds, put the rest of the container in (3.78 total), no oil on dipstick, went and got another qt, ended up putting the whole thing in; just barely on dipstick (yes it's screwed all the way in). Rode it a couple of miles, added another .25 qts and it's midway on the marks. That's about 5 qts total plus I could add another .25 no problem. Specs call for 4.10 w/filter; what is the total system capacity? I know I drained as much as I could get out, but an entire qt. Thanks for any info you give me.
Yeah you overfilled it. Ride it 15 minutes, come to a stop, don't rev motor. Let it sit idling for 30 seconds. Shut it off. Pull dip stick, check while holding bike level. Don't screw in dipstick to check. Yours is going to be way high. Drain some out accordingly...
 

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This was so helpful! Avalon and I changed our oil for the first time yesterday (over to synthetic). Her and I kept the pics and directions up on the phone and we were so glad to have had this thread to refer to. We also used a bike lift for the first time and that was the tricky part. We made a huge mess (embarrassing pics below) but are better for the experience and feel accomplished that we did it ourselves :eek:
good job and you'll do better next time, but one of you has GOTTA put some polish on those toes.
 

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It's been said many, many times, but I will say it again. Thanks for this post. I JUST now changed my oil in my Warrior for the first time since I bought it back in April. Not sure when it was changed prior to that. So I'm a moron for letting it go that long, but I'm not going to let that happen again. Your tutorial was very helpful, it should hopefully be a much faster process next time since I have one change under my belt. Thanks again.
 

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Got a question, Just switched from amsoil to the Mobil1 exact type you pictured.
Now when i decel from third gear i hear a funny noise for half a second. Its sounds like its coming from my clutch or possibly my pully on the left side. Kind of a nub at this but doesn't the warrior have a wet clutch lubed from engine oil? I'm thinking this must be it since its the last thing i did besides replace my decompression solenoid. I just wanted to ask if anyone hears the same noise from after switching to mobil1.

I only hear it when i cut throttle to 0% but leave the clutch engaged in third gear and its only for about half a second tighten it sounds normal. ill test it out more tomorrow i didn't want to keep the how neighborhood awake.

Amazing tut by the way!
 
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