Motorcycle Oil & Air Filter Change Tip of the Week ...

Uploaded by CruiserCustomizing on 26.02.2010

Save money with this Do it yourself tip of the week.
Welcome to this week's Cruiser customizing Tip of the Week. We're gonna be talking about
general maintenance that will save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
For as little as $25 and some common household items - some paper towels, some drain pan,
17 mm wrench and a funnel, you can do your own oil changes at home, in your own garage.
I'm gonna show you exactly how to do that in this VTX 1300. Same thing goes with the
air filter. The air filter in your motorcycle should be changedevery 12000 miles or so.
The average air filter's about $50. The K&NAir filter is a one time replacement, you'll gonna
replace it only one time and then service it whenever the air filter needs to be changed.
So just for a couple bucks more you can get a serviceable filter. Once you have that filter
in, you don't have to pay $50-60 everytime you need to change the air filter.
Now before I dig in to the parts here in the table, I'd like to talk about the differences
in oils, the differences in filters. Let me start by getting the oil out of this VTX.
Now, before you begin your oil change it's always a good idea to move the dipstick or
the filler plugs.
So here in the VTX you got the drain plug and we've got the oil filter. Careful not
to drop the bolt into the oil because that's never a fun experience. We'll begin the oil
drain process. Now this where I'd like to remind you that it is always a good idea to
replace this washer at every oil change. So i can position the drain pan so I can reach
the oil filter. And then, as you can see , I got two streams of oil coming from the
motorcycle and, there you go.
So let's talk about air filters for a minute. Here I got 3 different filters at 3 different
price points. This one is just over $5 and it's low end. This one's here $15 and on the
higher end. But what are their differences? The standard filter's gonna require you to
use a filter wrench, whereas this K&N filter, they can go the distance, and they're well
17 on the top. So all you got to do is slip your wrench into your motorcycle, and twist
off the filter. Now, what makes this the high-end filter? You got black versus chrome. Now,
look at the covered filter lt's talk about the oil the oil ranges anywhere from $4/quart
to $12/quart. the standard motor oil is shown here. You got semi-synthetic and you've got
ful synthetic. But what really is the difference?
The is the rate of refining the oil has gone through. Standard oil gone through the refining
process. You got the fully-synthetic oil, what does that mean? It means the oil is refined
enough it's gonna get coat and smooth on your cylinder walls, giving your motor the best
protection that it can possibly have.
Keep in mind that most motorcycle manufacturers recommend 2 things when it comes to oil. #1-
don't use synthetic after your motorcycle has gone through the proper braking procedure.
#2, make sure you check any oil you purchase for the make sure this oil's compatible with
your manufacturer. Now this brings us to one misconception. Any regular autmotive oil to
be used for your motorcycle, that is not recommended by any motorcycle manufacturer nor by any
motor oil manufacturer due to the clutch found in most Japanese cruisers.
Looks like the VTX's been don draining. Continue to use drip dry. Take the Canine filter and
install it into this Vstar 1300. Now this is a stock replacement filter. You don't need
an aftermarket air kit or air box for this filter. This gets installed to your stock
factory air box. It will allow your motorcycle breathe a little bit better, and not require
you to replace your filter every time your bike is tuned up.
In this box, you're gonna get a dry K&N filter. Dry means non-oil. As you notice on the front
of this box, filter's read. And for any extra, they usually have a red filter material as
well. What we're gonna do here is to provide the initial oiling so that you know that your
motorcycle is protected.
Canine has provided us with this cute little tube. We're just gonna cut the top off and
oil goes to its plits. But I'm currently here in the shop, I have the K&N air recharge kit
which I'm gonna use at the oil bottle from because it's much easier and less messy.
I'm taking the filter out of this motorcycle after several thousand miles. I would clean
the filter, let it dry, and then re-oil it using the K&N oil. Oiling the filter is extremely
simple. Unrun the bottle, use the red, which is then soaked over time and make this entire
filter red. Now we got each of this plits , the inside still needs to be soaked a bit.
In 20 minutes or so the air filter's gonna be saturated with K&N's filter oil.
Now, let's have this Vstar ready to accept the K&N filter. now that we've got the screws
out, we're gonna remove the cover, in here sits, the nasty stock air filter. You may
ask yourself "why does the K&N filter a worthy investment ?" Not only you're gonna save money
because you're not gonna have to keep replacing this paper filters . The standard air filter
, you're gonna find it in just about any application, is gonna flow right around 20
CFM. The K&N filters will flow around 400 CFM. That is a marked difference.
Here is a paper installed into this airbox. I'm gonna turn it on the fans in the back
are gonna suck. If enough air is sucked through this filter, this ping pong ball will rise
to the top. Now,lets go ahead and open this up and replace this filter with a K&N filter.
As you can see, we still have enough air flow through the K&N. In order to give this ball
enough suction, then it functions as though there's no filter to solve it all.Thats how
restrictive is your paper filter on your motorcycle.
Now as we all wait for the K&N air filter to continue to soak up those cotton pleats,
let's go ahead and finish up the oil change on the VTX.
Here, I'm gonna clean the filter until it sits again so I can make sure it's nice and
clean for the application of the filter.
Actually, there's a film of oil around the seal, We're gonna replace the filter up and
tighten it, and I'm gonna hold a spin to the wrench. Make sure the area's clean. We've
got an aluminum washer. For the torque be careful not to have it too tight or you might
strip the engine case.
Now, we've got the VTX all buttoned up, I can go ahead and fill it up with oil.
Now, we're finished putting the recommended amount of oil into the VTX. I'll drop my dipstick
down, pull it up, and reading? Absolutely perfect.
Alright,it's been about 20 minutes and as you can see the inside, the oil that we put
into this filter's tipped all the way through. And now, we're gonna take this stock replacement
K&N filter, and install it on this Vstar 1300.
Oil filter and oil and filter, all done in less than an hour, in your own garage at home,
for less than $100. Remember, recycle all of your used oil in proper recycling locations.
Thanks for watching this Cruiser customizing Tip of the Week. Until next week, take care
and ride safe.