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Old 03-30-2015, 11:13 PM   #1
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Changing oil a hassle?

Looking at buying a 990 Adventure and may or may not have heard that changing oil is a hassle? Can someone explain? I have a KTM SMT 990 and a Superduke R 1290--and they ARE relatively a hassle with all the filters. I assume the plastics are to be removed which adds another factor?
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:23 PM   #2
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just tricky to get to the drain bolt with the left side tank and tank brace in the way, here's a helpful link to give you an idea of how you'd go about it...

..... or you could follow the link in my signature line
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:47 AM   #3
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Hmm.....look what i found: KTM 990 oil change threads on Advrider
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:09 AM   #4
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If you do (Or its been done already) the drain hose Mod its an easy deal. I can do an oil change faster on my 950 and with less mess than on my Hayabusa.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:51 AM   #5
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+1! The drain hose makes oil changes easy. Now getting to the air filter on the other hand...
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:14 AM   #6
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That's easy too with the right mods (AKA Rottweiler filter and a snapout glovebox) I also put in a Doghouse on my 950. I have more storage on my bike than a Goldwing.
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:46 AM   #7
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Wow! I have seen the rottweiler air filters but this is the first time I've seen the snap out glovebox, that looks nice! Why couldn't the factory come up with something like that? I always thought the whole glovebox, windscreen, fairing area must have been designed during Oktoberfest!!
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:02 PM   #8
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Works very well when you get it adjusted right. I had to remove a couple of brackets and persuade the Doghouse to clear the rear Carb (Not made for the 950, Specific to the 990) I can access my airfilter in about a minute. And it only takes that long due to a couple switches I have mounted in the glovebox.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:28 PM   #9
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I change the timing belts on the Ducati the first time, in less time than changing the oil in the 950ADV the first time. I'm faster with the oil change on the KTM now, with a few mods.
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:48 PM   #10
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Changing the oil isn't a hassle even in stock trim. My 640 Adventure is more of a hassle (mostly because of the oil in frame deal that needs to be burped). The oil drain hose for the tank makes life easier, but I still haven't set mine up yet (have all the stuff to build one from scratch) because I feel like removing the tanks for oil changes gives me an opportunity to better look the bike over for any leaks or other things.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:25 PM   #11
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You gain a huge advantage from all the time saving gadgets designed over the years...

The Rottweiler snap out bracket makes glovebox removal so easy. Even without going open air filter it's a must have ala carte item from CPR Racing.

I have the Fumoto drain plug and capped drain extension hose. There are variations of this as a cheap and easy DIY'er. It makes draining the case clean and easy.

I still have to remove the starboard fuel tank to get to the small oil sump screen. Maybe my fuel tank's flexed out and in the way of my reach. So I just remove the bolts and rest the tank on a small hydraulic stool while I disconnect the fuel lines... without worrying if the tank is full or not

I like having the Scotts reuseable stainless oil filter so all three oil screen/ elements are reuseable while on the road.

I like to disassemble, drain and clean at night to a cold beer or two... And reassemble and refill the next morning. No rush, no mess and no fuss.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:39 AM   #12
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If you don't want to fully remove the left tank just remove the lower tank bolt. This allows a bit more room to get to the drain plug. Unscrew the oil tank drain plug and let the oil drain into a transmission funnel. No mess, no hassle,,,, easy peasy.

I've even done it without removing the lower tank bolt.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:55 AM   #13
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If you don't want to fully remove the left tank just remove the lower tank bolt. This allows a bit more room to get to the drain plug. Unscrew the oil tank drain plug and let the oil drain into a transmission funnel. No mess, no hassle,,,, easy peasy.

I've even done it without removing the lower tank bolt.
+1 except I use a 1L coke bottle with the arse cut out and duct tape it into position. That way I can leave it there to drain without hanging on to it.


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Old 04-02-2015, 10:02 AM   #14
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And if you're bored go over and visit the Blue and White crowd and read about the hard life of changing oil without removing anything.
As soon as anone asks for oil change advice the catfight starts and a new oil thread starts, yet again.
That's probably why I have three KTMs and one BMW.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:24 AM   #15
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It took me a whole day to change oil and filters on my 990. Next time I reckon it will only take 1hr tops. Quite simple once you have done it for the first time.

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