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oil change is easy....

Greetings, Did the 600 miles 1st oil change. Overall, easier than changing it in my vtx1300c. The FJR has good clearance to place the oil pan. Only trouble I had was opening the drain bolt for it sure was a tad bit too tight.

Paid too much for oil: I paid about $78 for oil, filter and crush washer at the dealership. Next time, I am picking up oil at a local auto store...

OBSERVATION: After filling the gallon, the oil level in the viewer was correct. However, after running the engine for a couple of mins, the oil level dropped and that is when I added a bit more to level it out.
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It is a pleasure to change the oil and filter on this bike.

I think the Yamalube 10w40 I get at my shop is around $21 a gal (and you can get it for $19.94 from Revzilla) and an oe filter 5GH-13440-61 is about $12 ($10.07 at Revzilla).... Less than $35 for the whole kit and caboodle

Revzilla will even ship it to your door for free if you spend like $40, so you don't even have to leave the house
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I picked up the kit for my oil change this morning. Total was $53 for oil filter, oil, washer and final drive fluid. I, of course, had to wonder why Mama Yama would package oil in quarts rather than liters, other than to sell an extra quart. I forget what oil I put in my BMW, but it came in a 4-liter jug...
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One gallon exactly is what both my FJRs have taken. I put the quart of FD fluid on a pointy neck gear oil bottle to make it easy to fill the FD. I normally buy yamalube 10w40 from Amazon. Backup is mobile 1 4T racing from Autozone. May have to cross check with Revzilla next time.
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Skidwai: I have always found that getting the oil level correct on my FJR and Super Tenere is a task best taken gradually. It seems like the oil level changes for the first several heat/cool cycles so it's easy to overfill the bike. For the record, my 2006 FJR, 2013 Super Tenere and my 2020 FJR were all delivered from the dealership with overfilled crankcases.

Not to start an oil debate, but I hope you can get motorcycle specific oil at your auto parts store. Also, are you aware of Yamaha's free 160,000km (100,000 mile) warranty on oil wetted parts IF you use Yamaha oil filters and Yamalube oil? If the dealer is gouging you do like Bill says and buy your Yamalube from Amazon.

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"Judgedelta: If every country used the metric system of measurement the world would be a better place.😁"

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Skidwai: I have always found that getting the oil level correct on my FJR and Super Tenere is a task best taken gradually. It seems like the oil level changes for the first several heat/cool cycles so it's easy to overfill the bike. For the record, my 2006 FJR, 2013 Super Tenere and my 2020 FJR were all delivered from the dealership with overfilled crankcases.

Not to start an oil debate, but I hope you can get motorcycle specific oil at your auto parts store. Also, are you aware of Yamaha's free 160,000km (100,000 mile) warranty on oil wetted parts IF you use Yamaha oil filters and Yamalube oil? If the dealer is gouging you do like Bill says and buy your Yamalube from Amazon.

Judgedelta: If every country used the metric system of measurement the world would be a better place.😁

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In USA there is a law called magnuson moss warranty act which in essence states that if a warranty claims you MUST use (for instance ) an manufacturers oil .. they have to PROVE that their oil has some magic formula in it that you cant get any place else .. or if they insist they must provide the super secret magic oil for free ...
in other other words if you are using almost any present day oils of proper weight you can do it yourself and still have your warranty
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Actually I think it means they cant deny you the factory warranty as long as you use items that meets the manufacturer's specifications installed by someone by factory standards.
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yes I agree .. and almost ALL oils meet said standards.. if not yamaha would need to provide WHAT test was done that only Yamalube could pass but lets say T-6 rotella could not
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Greetings, Did the 600 miles 1st oil change. OBSERVATION: After filling the gallon, the oil level in the viewer was correct. However, after running the engine for a couple of mins, the oil level dropped and that is when I added a bit more to level it out.
Skidwai,

It is a normal practice for an oil-change-with-new-oil-filter to run the engine for a while, to fill up the new (empty) oil filter with oil. Then the oil level will be somewhat low, and you will need to add a dash more oil. No mystery there.

Caution: A short engine run on the FJR when cold, with a cold-engine shut-down, may cause very hard starting next time. You may need to crank the starter like forever at the next start-up, if you did that. The fuel injection system gets "confused" by a cold shut-down and will flood the engine at the next start-up. The remedy, of course, is to never shut down the engine when cold. Always let the engine warm up fully (I let the fans kick in once, to be sure) before you shut off the engine. This simple practice will avoid the "hard-starting" problem, for the next engine start-up.

We have seen people here getting out the wrenches after they do a cold-engine shutdown (and then it won't start), as if anybody could fix this problem by replacing any parts. Just warm-it-up first, before shutting down the engine. Word to the wise . . .
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