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Old 12-26-2012, 09:17 PM   #16
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:39 PM   #17
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I'm seeing the pics. That sure looks like the MX track at Hollister, where in Norcal are you?

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Old 12-27-2012, 10:45 PM   #18
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Hey. I'm in the Central Valley. That track is at Carnegie and those little guys are my sons. They love riding!

This is my daughter. She's 5.

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #19
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Really enjoying the bike so far! Replaced the rear brake pads with the cheap ebc pads. They work great. I'm gonna replace the front pads in the spring. Kids are in school tomorrow morning and I don't have work. If I can resist the urge to ride it tomorrow then I will do my first oil change.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #20
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Ok did my first oil and filter change this morning. From start to finish it took me one and a half hours. The next time I do it i think it would take less than an hour. Im not trying to re-invent the wheel, but it appears that a lot of noobs and perspective buyers are scared or timid about doing this themselves.

I looked at the nicely photographed links in the HOW as well as other posts in this great forum. These posts had first led me to believe that it would be a messy job with oil squirting out all over the place and only doable if I removed the gas tanks. I did however see a couple of members posting that they changed their oil without removing the tanks. Due to this I spent a few moments the other day investigating. I determined it would be very easy to change the oil and filter without removing the tanks.

This is what I did. First I removed the skid plate. Then I removed the brace that goes between both gas tanks (4 bolts). This is the piece that people grind a portion away to make way for a permanently attached drain hose. To get the 4 bolts off and the brace removed took all of maybe 3 minutes. This allowed easy access to the oil sump drain plug. Due to this being so simple, I don't see any need to buy a fancy drain hose.

Damn the previous owner had that sump drain plug on tight. Luckily it wasn't stripped. I had already made a funnel out of a 2 liter bottle, which I had seen done in the HOW. Cutting out a portion of the bottle for the gas tank fuel petcock allowed me to easily catch all of the oil. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the drain bolt had a magnet attached. Attached were only a small amount of shavings. After cleaning the plug I put some Teflon tape on the threads prior to reinstalling.

Now, being that I hadn't removed the fuel tanks, I did not remove or clean the oil sump screen. I think it could be done with the fuel tanks on but it might get messy. Maybe I'll check that screen the next oil change.

Next I removed the crank case bolt. Again very straight forward, and it too had a magnet attached. Due to posts I had read I was under the impression these machines would not have magnets on the plugs. Are mine stock? They look like OEM.

Next I did the crankcase screen. It had only two small flakes of metal. Then the oil filter, which I had anxiety about since it would tell me if I had a water pump leak. I didn't have any reason to believe there would be a problem but this being my first oil change, I wanted to get it done and go ride.

The oil filter pleats were straight with no waves. Whew! It looked in great shape, but being a paper element I replaced it anyways.

Filled with fresh oil per the HOW, checked for leaks, remounted the brace and skid plate, and I was done. The cardboard beneath the bike had not a single drop of oil.

Again, Im Not re-inventing the wheel. I just wanted to share this with fellow noobs or perspective buyers. Is it more difficult than changing the oil and filter in any of my previous dirt bikes and street bikes? The answer, No, it's not, it just takes a few more steps. Take a few minutes prior to doing it and logically figure it out.

I did take several photographs, including close ups of the magnetic drain plugs.

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:31 PM   #21
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Here's the brace removed, allowing easy access to the sump drain bolt


Here's the magnetic oil sump drain bolt.


Here's the magnetic crank case bolt. Cleaned well with brake cleaner and q-tips


Oil filter


All buttoned back up. Not a drop of oil on the cardboard.


After returning from a 10 minute ride to check the oil level. It took about 3.2 quarts.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:49 AM   #22
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For a first oil change it sounds like it went really well. What was your total time spent? And how much do you think you can save next time?

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:43 AM   #23
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It took me an hour and a half. I think next time I could do it in an hour, that is is if I don't inspect the sump screen.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:26 PM   #24
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I love this bike. Today after my 7 year olds basketball practice it was just he and I. We went for a quick ride to pick up some adult refreshments, which I strapped down with my $2.99 HF motorcycle net. On the way back home we rode along the railroad tracks in the dirt and rocks. Up the curb off the curb. This is your do it all plated dirt bike. The fun don't stop!
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