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Old 08-15-2012, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This dummy in particular. I've never ridden a motorcycle until i bought my Stryker (used) last sunday and its due for it 6k oil change. I'm not incompetent, I change all the fluids on the cars and have a garage full of the right tools but i was never given the owners manual or anything else with the bike and i want to be sure i'm not putting oil in the trans fluid or some other dumbass move. so if anyone could tell me where to look, pictures help too, that'd be much appreciated. Also, i've heard i need a "crush washer" any details on that?

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This dummy in particular. I've never ridden a motorcycle until i bought my Stryker (used) last sunday and its due for it 6k oil change. I'm not incompetent, I change all the fluids on the cars and have a garage full of the right tools but i was never given the owners manual or anything else with the bike and i want to be sure i'm not putting oil in the trans fluid or some other dumbass move. so if anyone could tell me where to look, pictures help too, that'd be much appreciated. Also, i've heard i need a "crush washer" any details on that?

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click on the following link and download the Stryker service manual PDF. Everything you need to know about oil changes are on page 149

http://www.mediafire.com/?1n2h5yjk1nlygwq
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One thing I have finally learned over time. Go almost all the way back to the back tire to lift the bike. This goes for a jack or a motorcycle jack. That way the jack isn't in the way when you put the oil drain pan under it. It took me four oil changes to learn this easy step. lol.
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One thing I have finally learned over time. Go almost all the way back to the back tire to lift the bike. This goes for a jack or a motorcycle jack. That way the jack isn't in the way when you put the oil drain pan under it. It took me four oil changes to learn this easy step. lol.
I have a lift but for oil changes I just put a piece of wood under the kick stand so the bike doesn't lean so much...this allows me to slide a shallow plastic drain pan I got from Autozone under the bike to drain the oil. I think the pan was like $2. It works even with my bike lowered 2.25"
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Iíve circled the oil drain plug in red in the image below. As mentioned in an earlier post I also prefer not to use a lift for an oil change, just slide some wood (about 3 ĹĒ thick) under the kickstand to straighten the bike up. And to answer your question, YES replace the crush washer on the drain plug, they only cost about $1.25 Toby (the cheap *******! ) will tell you otherwise but IMO itís worth it. After youíve put the oil in be sure to remember to put your oil screw cap back in place before you start the engine or youíll have oil spraying everywhere. Shut the engine down and top off. You should use just sort of 4qrts.

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Thanks a lot guys, extremely helpful stuff!
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Thanks a lot guys, extremely helpful stuff!
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Alright, I finally got the job done. Only 2 things I'm concerned about... the engine pissed out MAYBE half a qt of oil including during removal of the filter. Sadly I didn't think to check the window before hand but now after filling it with the manual recommended 3.59 qts the window is completely full. Did I do something wrong? Please help.
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Alright, I finally got the job done. Only 2 things I'm concerned about... the engine pissed out MAYBE half a qt of oil including during removal of the filter. Sadly I didn't think to check the window before hand but now after filling it with the manual recommended 3.59 qts the window is completely full. Did I do something wrong? Please help.
Sounds like you pulled the wrong plug. Read this...
https://www.yamahastarstryker.com/ind...ic,2687.0.html
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you're a freakin genius man thank you so much ha ha. i feel like an idiot but i'm so glad the jobs done right i dont even care. Thanks again! and for anyone else that reads this, the pic above is the bolt i pulled, the correct one is near it but not pictured and if you're still using the stock plug (i changed mine out for a magnetic) its the only 15mm one in the area and has a small guard around it. SUPER EASY to find if you're even just a beer less into the night as me haha.
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