Motorcycle Air & Oil Change - Do it Yourself - Save Money - Video Guide: Tip of the Week

Uploaded by CruiserCustomizing on 19.02.2010

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 - like some paper towels, a drain pan,
17 mm wrench and a funnel, you can do your own oil changes at home, in your very own
I'm gonna show you exactly how to do that on this VTX 1300 here. Same thing goes with
the air filter. The air filter in your motorcycle should be changed every 12000 miles or so.
The average air filter's about $50. The K&N Air filter is a one time replacement, you'll
only gonna replace it one time and then service it whenever the air filter needs to be changed.
So just for a couple bucks more you can put a serviceable filter in. Once you have that
filter in, you don't have to pay $50,$60,$70 everytime you need to change the air filter.
Now before I dig in to the parts that re 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 remove the dipstick
or the filler plugs.
So here in the VTX we've 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 is 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 ,now 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 here 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've gone the distance, and they're welded
with 17 mm nut on the top. So all you got to do is slip your wrench up 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 let's talk about the oil itself. Oil ranges anywhere
from $4/quart to $12/quart. the standard motor oil is shown here. You've got semi-synthetic
and you've got full synthetic. But what really is the difference?
The difference is the grade 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 that 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 until after your motorcycle has gone through the proper braking procedure.
#2, make sure you check any oil you purchase for the specifications to 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 any motorcycle oil manufacturer due to the red clutch that are found in most
Japanese cruisers.
Looks like the VTX's been done draining. Continue to use drip dry. Take this K&N 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 inyour stock factory
air box. It will allow your motorcycle breathe just 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. Now, dry means non-oiled. As you notice on
the front of this box, filter's red. And as for any external K&N filter, 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.
K&N has provided us with this cute little tube. We're just gonna cut the top off ofand
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.
If I was 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, across each plits, which is then soaked over time and make this
entire filter red. Now we got each of this plits covered , the inside's still needs to
be soaked a bit. In 20 minutes or so the entire air filter's gonna be saturated with the K&N
filtering 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, oh my goodness, 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 every stock application,
is gonna flow right around 320 CFM. The equivalent K&N filters is gonna flow almost around 400
CFM. That is a marked difference.
Here is a paper filter 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 would
rise to the top. Now,lets go ahead and open this up and replace this paper 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 if 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 plits,
let's go over and finish up the oil change on the VTX.
Here what I'm gonna do here is I'm gonna clean the surface of the filter until it sits again
so I can make sure it's nice and clean for the application of the new filter.
Actually, there's a film of oil around the top of the seal, We're gonna replace the filter
up and tighten it, and I'm gonna give it a quarter spin to the wrench. Make sure the
area's clean. We've got a newaluminum washer. For the final torque be careful not to have
it too tight or you might strip out the engine case.
Now, we've got the VTX all buttoned back 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 the reading? Absolutely perfect.
Alright,it's been about 20 minutes and as you can see fromthe inside, the oil that we
put in this filter has seeped all the way through. And now, we're gonna take this stock
replacement K&N filter, and install it here on this Vstar 1300.
Oil filter,oil and air 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 at the proper recycling locations.
Thanks for watching this Cruiser customizing Tip of the Week. Until next week, take care
and ride safe.