My first 950 oil change...

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Vance, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    OK...so I know that for a lot of you guys this is a no brainer, but some have mentioned that they would like a quick pictorial on the 9fiddy oil change...so here is mine.

    First of all, one of my neighbors (PowerT) just bought a 950 so we thought it would be good to do the oil change together the first time to help each other out and learn the bikes that are new to us. btretired was our photographer...he's on the left. :-)
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    I must say that everything went as Antware said it would. The bike is put together very logically and things bolted up and off as described in the manual. Still, a lot of stuff to do for an oil change...but, it's the price you pay to ride the hotness.

    First, off come these plastic jobbies on both sides of the bash plate:
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    Then...don't be a dumbass like me and take out the drain plug under the motor before you take the bash plate off or else it will look like mine here...take it off first: :lol3
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    (the drain plug is situated nicely and it looks as if the oil will run right through the hole in the plate, but it gets everywhere. Just take it off.)

    No pic...but take the seat off with your key and the "glove box" on the top of the bike off with the four little screws that you see when you open the hatch...continue...

    Next, you take the top/left "quarter panel" off of the bike but it takes some doing:
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    You have to unhook the left turn signal, the crossover, and 2 other fuel breather thingys. It is all hard to reach and a headache to get back together, so I would definitely consider the fuel tank breather mods mentioned in other threads. We pointed to the connections with the white rod as best we could with my cheap camera:

    Looking toward the left side fuel tank from the front of the bike:
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    Same view, another connection. The cross over was taken off of the white, blurry nipple in the upper right of the pic:
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    Then, you take the left side tank off and there are 2, obvious fuel line connections at the bottom and this one toward the top, as well as one electrical connector. Simple:
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    Note that all fuel "petcocks" must be turned to the off position prior to removing the left side tank. 2 are at the inside, bottom of the tanks and are screw type and one is toward the outside/bottom of the left tank and is a conventional petcock.
    OK...now that half the friggen bike is apart... you are ready to change the oil. Did you remember to warm up the bike? I hope so, because it will almost be cold again at this point. :D
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    Dumping the oil from the bottom drain plug was just like any other bike...but you are not done yet...oh...no....as this bike is a dry sump unit, you have to drain the other/upper oil tank as well. It's just to the rear of the front fender in the picture above...here:
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    After that, you need to undo the 2 bolts in the lower part of the oil tank that hold the large oil line in. Then, clean the oil screen up in the hole:
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    I just used carb cleaner to clean them all. I'm sure you have a better way...It's just all that I had handy.

    Good lord...all of this and I haven't even seen the oil filter yet! That's right...run around to the other side of the bike and take out the other oil screen from here:
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    and it only goes in one way so make sure that you have the "fins" (like skegs on a surfboard) aligned down so that it will fit back in. If you let gravity pull the screen down, it will stop against some motor parts inside..so you have to sort of lift it a bit as you slip it back in. It will go:
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    OOOh...look. A new, scotts...everlasting oilfilter! Pop it in and tighten the cover (make sure you get the tricky, little O-Ring to seat properly:)
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    After that, make sure everything is tight and that you are not drinking too much beer because the hotdogs on the back of your neck are in recession. This is a good thing.
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    When you fill the beast back up with 10/50 motorex at $11.00 a bottle, you will be happy that you saved yourself the other 200 bucks for the shop to do the oil change. Fill it with 2.5 quarts...run the motor for 4 minutes and put in the other .5 quart. Yur done...and you can start drinking with this guy who showed up at the tail end because he heard there was beer in my little fridge.
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    That's it...

    Next up...valve adjustments by whackos, shortly followed by carb sinks by screwballs...

    Happy wrenching...

    Vance

    PS...thank you btretired and PowerT who graciously and at great personal expense came to my place for the oil change and brought the oil! Next one's on me!
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  2. Shuffler

    Shuffler Hommes Grande

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    not so bad, huh? welcome to the club!
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  3. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Your help looks like it is more qualified than mine was...

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    I have owned the bike for 1 hour and it has three miles on it at this point...

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  4. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    That is too funny Steve. Somehow...it doesn't surprise me though. You like gettin into it methinks...
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  5. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    You make me sick with envy Vdog...I want another KTM and just can't do it right now.

    Glad you are enjoying it. :clap

    :cry
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  6. redfishguide

    redfishguide Old Dirt Biker

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    Hey Vance,

    Thanks for the post. I have my first home brew oil change scheduled for this week. Your timing and photo ability are excellant.

    Jack
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  7. woodsrider

    woodsrider .........................

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    Good writeup and report, Vance! I might just have to do mine the next time. I do most all the work on my 450, but I've been pretty hands off on the 950 so far. Your step by step pics will help a lot!
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  8. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Nice writeup.

    PIA job.
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  9. HappyGoLucky

    HappyGoLucky Goeie Grys Giftige Gert!

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    Awesome stuff Vance, thanks. I am going to busy with that shortly, good timing indeed.

    So, lets see yer Carb stuff and what else you got? Great contribution ! :D
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  10. DirtDOG

    DirtDOG Same Dog, New Tricks

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    Proof that even a drunk monkey can reset the needles in a 9fiddy
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  11. Mikas

    Mikas Been here awhile

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    Great writeup, Vance! Thanks! :clap
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  12. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    YOu should see an oil change on a F650GSD...pain in the ASS
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  13. Ostrich

    Ostrich Jaded and Happy

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    :dunno I do mine every 3,000 miles and looks like less to remember than the katoomer.
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  14. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Hey that was a great write up. Hurry up and do the valves for us now.
    Thanks
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  15. DirtDOG

    DirtDOG Same Dog, New Tricks

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    How so, 3 bolts for the chain guard(stock), three bolts for the filter, one drain plug, special pump to suction all oil out of the tank, refill, drink beer. 15 minutes tops. :deal I modified the bash plate for better oil draining.
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  16. Ostrich

    Ostrich Jaded and Happy

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    You don't even need the pump. If you loosen the clips on the tank you can just lean it over a bit, hold the pan ( or set the pan on a crate hopefully in line with the oil drain hole *if common sense is not your thing I add that :lol3) and then you wait until all the oil is out of the tank.

    I think the last time I did the oil in my Dakar from start to finish (turn on radio, get tools, remove tank bag, clean plastic bits with can do, put tools away, change oil, bullshit with neighbor who wanted to know what I was doing to my beauty, and change filter) it took me 45 minutes.
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  17. Pally McGee

    Pally McGee Mellowed with Age

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    Great report, Vance! :thumb

    Dang, I love the 9fiddy!
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  18. Dirkoff

    Dirkoff Canyon Rat

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    Hey Dirtdog, why do you pump the oil tank dry when there is a drain plug? And how do you clean the screen at the bottom of the tank?
    I think if KTM wanted us to "pump" the tank dry they would have included a "pump" with the owners manuel briefcase.
    You might nave warranty issues if you tell you're dealer that you change your oil like that. JMTCW

    Dirkoff
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  19. Stephen

    Stephen Long timer

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    Who gives a shit about an F650 oil change? :norton


    Fellas, I can save you six -- that's SIX -- unscrewments: don't pull the "bash plate" wings. Just undo the four that hold the whole thing on. And always, always be sure to put quote marks around "bash plate". :evil Oh, and KTM sez to think of loctite on the 950 the way Southerners think of gravy on supper. I'm a little shy about this (though I do love gravy), but, well, I'm just sayin', okay?

    I also do what Mack suggested: put a drive adaptor in a cordless drill, whip out all those Allen-head screws on the fairing and tanks real quick like. :thumb
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  20. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Good stuff! :D I just couldn't bring myself to type "undercarriage protection" or whatever KTM calls the "bash plate." :lol3
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