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03-09-2015, 02:59 AM,
#1
Changing oil
Hello all, I have a Road star 1700 that I just bought and would like to be able to change my oil myself. Without having a center stand or a garage to work in what do you all use to keep your bike upright to change and check the oil? Does it not need to be upright to drain the oil? Do you just put in the recommended amount after draining? Thanks for any help you can offer.


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03-09-2015, 10:25 AM,
#2
Changing oil
What year is your Roadie?

I do not have a stand but with Gracie's oil filter being out front it's easy to get to. Even the drain bolts are reachable without a stand. I remove both bolts and filter let them drain then put a 2x4 under kickstand to level bike out to drain any remaining oil.

I put just shy of recommended amount then run her for a few minutes and check the oil and add as needed. It is important to keep her upright when checking oil which is interesting since the dipstick is under the seat but I have figured out how to do it on my own. But I also change my oil ever 4-6 weeks so I have a lot of practice. [SMILING FACE WITH OPEN MOUTH]




Kimberly aka Plasti-Dip Freak
Gracie 2007 RoadStar 1700
2015 STAR Chapter 224 President, El Cajon CA
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03-09-2015, 02:49 PM,
#3
RE: Changing oil
Here's a link on how to make a center stand for your bike. It should cost less than $20. I haven't personally built it, but I have a couple buddys that have and they say it works great.

http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm
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03-09-2015, 03:01 PM,
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RE: Changing oil
(03-09-2015, 02:49 PM)indie_rocker Wrote: Here's a link on how to make a center stand for your bike. It should cost less than $20. I haven't personally built it, but I have a couple buddys that have and they say it works great.

http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm
@indie_rocker No link
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03-09-2015, 03:54 PM,
#5
RE: Changing oil
(03-09-2015, 03:01 PM)Elk Wrote:
(03-09-2015, 02:49 PM)indie_rocker Wrote: Here's a link on how to make a center stand for your bike. It should cost less than $20. I haven't personally built it, but I have a couple buddys that have and they say it works great.

http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm
@indie_rocker No link
Is it still not there? I can see it and click it...
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03-09-2015, 04:08 PM,
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RE: Changing oil
(03-09-2015, 03:54 PM)indie_rocker Wrote:
(03-09-2015, 03:01 PM)Elk Wrote:
(03-09-2015, 02:49 PM)indie_rocker Wrote: Here's a link on how to make a center stand for your bike. It should cost less than $20. I haven't personally built it, but I have a couple buddys that have and they say it works great.

http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm
@indie_rocker No link
Is it still not there? I can see it and click it...

Hmmm, I see it now. Thanks!
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03-10-2015, 05:29 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-10-2015, 05:29 AM by TwitchnRoadstar.)
#7
Changing oil
Kimsnot it is a 2012 leftover that I just bought in December. I haven't tried checking the oil yet but it sounds like a pain in the butt. Indie thanks for the link, I might have to try that. But it sounds like I can get it changed without it being upright.
Thank you all for your help.

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03-10-2015, 09:34 AM,
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RE: Changing oil
a chunk of 2x4 under the kickstand to kick it up to level is usually all that is needed, i have that plus two sections of 2x10 to ride up on for clearance as my bike is lowered, so both tires are up with a empty center section for the drain pan. when i do that then i have a chunk of 4x4 for the kickstand to sit on.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
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03-11-2015, 08:48 PM,
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RE: Changing oil
(03-10-2015, 05:29 AM)TwitchnRoadstar Wrote: Kimsnot it is a 2012 leftover that I just bought in December. I haven't tried checking the oil yet but it sounds like a pain in the butt. Indie thanks for the link, I might have to try that. But it sounds like I can get it changed without it being upright.
Thank you all for your help.

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@TwitchnRoadstar At least you have a dip stick, that stupid window in the 1300's is mostly useless for me...
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03-12-2015, 12:03 AM,
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RE: Changing oil
(03-09-2015, 02:59 AM)TwitchnRoadstar Wrote: Hello all, I have a Road star 1700 that I just bought and would like to be able to change my oil myself. Without having a center stand or a garage to work in what do you all use to keep your bike upright to change and check the oil? Does it not need to be upright to drain the oil? Do you just put in the recommended amount after draining? Thanks for any help you can offer.


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Well, you get some volunteer to straddle the bike through all your wrenching, cussing, and threats of abandonment. That's what I did to my 18-year-old daughter. She wasn't happy with me after that.

Well, maybe I wouldn't advise that route, but it worked for me.....the first time.

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03-12-2015, 10:42 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-12-2015, 10:43 AM by Kimsnot.)
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Changing oil
@SnaykByte lol I made Snot do the same thing. Her jr year of highschool I made her ride 2 up with me everyday to school because gas for the truck would have been over 200 per week where the bike was only 20. But her reward for her 17th bday was I sold the F350 and bought her a nissian maxima. Now she is more then happy to help as long as she doesn't have to ride 2 up any more.


Kimberly aka Plasti-Dip Freak
Gracie 2007 RoadStar 1700
2015 STAR Chapter 224 President, El Cajon CA
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03-12-2015, 03:38 PM,
#12
Changing oil
I like your story Kimsnot, it's funny how their attitude changes when they get stuff. I'll try the 2x4 Keith, that sounds like it should work good.


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