First oil change

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  1. tanker253

    tanker253 Adventurer

    Apr 12, 2013
    Hello, Just put the first 1000km on my new 990 adventure and managed my first oil change. (Took 6 hours lol). But when I added the fresh oil after following the Manuals guidelines 3 liters barely wets the dip stick. Is it common for anybody to add more then 3 liters. I just don't want to over fill it.


    Oops.. Sorry. Posted in wrong category
  2. buzybraza

    buzybraza Been here awhile

    Feb 28, 2010
    Escondido, CA
    My 2008 Super Enduro takes 3.6 liter after an oil and filter change...
  3. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

    Jun 15, 2009
    Northern Cali
    My 990 takes 3 liters.
    Did you put in 2.5 liters, warm the bike up, add another 0.5l and check the dipstick? Mine is usually right on.
  4. Night Shadow

    Night Shadow Adventurer

    Jun 1, 2010
    Mine did the same thing. 3L barely got dip stick wet. Measured the oil that came out and it appeared to be 3.2L so I added 0.2L and that put me slightly above the full mark. Going to try a little less next time.
  5. luckygrownup

    luckygrownup Been here awhile

    Apr 22, 2011
    the suburban wasteland of Maryland.
    Why does it take so long to change the oil on a 990 KTM ? I am just curious. I am not the most mechanically inclined and I did my 3000 mile oil change on my GSA and it only took me an hour. Only 4 screws on the skid plate and then you have access to the filter and the oil drain plug.
  6. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

    Nov 26, 2008
    3.0 L is perfect. Do not add more or you will over fill. It'll read a bit low until the bike gets fully warmed up. And I don't mean letting it just sit and idle. I mean after you've put 3.0 L in and go for a decent ride, preferably at highway speeds. Come back and check the dip stick and it'll be right on the full mark.

    Re: oil change taking so long. It doesn't. I just did my first oil change on my 990 a week ago or so. It took 45 minutes. You don't need to remove the gas tank. Heck, I even checked and swapped out the oil reservoir screen without the tank removed.

    Firstly, remove dip stick from oil reservoir, drop the skid plate, pull the engine drain plug to drain off engine oil, swap oil filter, swap or clean oil screen.

    While the engine is draining off I move to the oil reservoir. You can get at the oil reservoir drain plug without removing the tank. In order to drain off the reservoir's oil without getting it all over the place, just use a small funnel, and tuck it in there under the drain hole. I prefer the Flo Tool 'Tight Spot' rubber funnel:

    If you put a length of clear hose on the end of the funnel it makes it even easier. I let that drain off.

    Now I remove the bottom fuel tank bolt from the side where the reservoir drain plug is. Don't remove the top two. This allows the tank to swing out on the bottom a bit, giving you easier access to the oil reservoir screen. Using a long extension ratchet you can get at the two bolts for the reservoir oil screen. Clean or swap. Reinstall.

    Now button everything up. Reinstall both oil drain plugs with new washers. Make sure to reinstall oil filter lid and oil screen lid. Be sure to use a torque wrench and follow torque guidelines. The 'good n' tight' method will get you into trouble quick, as humans typically overshoot proper torque by ~5 Nm when we do it by 'feel'.

    Now pour 2.5 L of fresh oil in the reservoir. Put the dipstick in. Run the engine until 6 bars on the temp gauge show up. Then shut the bike off and pour the remaining .5 L in the reservoir.

    You're good to go.

    I suspect the next time I do it it'll take 30 min. :D
  7. LoneRhino

    LoneRhino Been here awhile

    Jul 31, 2012
    Often up-side-down & The GB
    First oil change, what oil are y'll using? The stuff in the owners manual? Motorex? I'm running Amsoil in my Hayabusa... Just wondering.