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Old 05-20-2009, 08:30 AM
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oil change suckage

oil & filter from beemer = $56 and that is not even synthetic but the bike only has 175 miles on it so no synthetic. I don't mind to help support the local dealer but OUCH. I need to get a long torx stud socket for the foot peg removal to make that job easy. The drain hose for the oil tank just cracks me up and it takes 4ever for that tank to drain with warm oil.
Coming from ricer world this beemer oil change sucks.

Changed oil in my ZX14 last night too ----- 15 minutes and that included clean up.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:38 AM
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Re: oil change suckage

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.... this beemer oil change sucks.....
It's just tools and technique. If you have a suction pump just start the oil flow out of the tank as you drain the engine. 15 minutes is entirely possible start to finish on an S. I doubt the GT takes more.

And yes, that flimsy but expensive BMW drain / sight hose is best left alone.

Piece of cake....
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:04 PM
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Re: oil change suckage

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oil & filter from beemer = $56 and that is not even synthetic but the bike only has 175 miles on it so no synthetic. I don't mind to help support the local dealer but OUCH. I need to get a long torx stud socket for the foot peg removal to make that job easy. The drain hose for the oil tank just cracks me up and it takes 4ever for that tank to drain with warm oil.
Coming from ricer world this beemer oil change sucks.

Changed oil in my ZX14 last night too ----- 15 minutes and that included clean up.
Try changing the airfilter on a k1200rs, that will also give you a run for your money
Add a oil chnage to it and you have a 3 hour project.
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:31 PM
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Re: oil change suckage

On my 2004 GT it took longer to get the bottom cowl off/on than it took to do the oil change.
The 1300GT I can cut the time down since the 1st change was a learning session BUT it still sucks no matter what. At least the fun of riding this thing makes up for the oil change suckage.
The oil that came out was thin if not thinner than water and the magnetic drain plug caught some crap so it was doing its job. Went with 10w40 BMW oil and it looks clear coming out of the bottle. My Mobil1 and Amsoil gots color to it - wonder why?
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Re: oil change suckage

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It's just tools and technique. If you have a suction pump just start the oil flow out of the tank as you drain the engine. 15 minutes is entirely possible start to finish on an S. I doubt the GT takes more.

No difference on the 12GT. Somebody said the filter is longer on the 13GT and it will fun into the shift linkage.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:44 PM
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Re: oil change suckage

Just finished my first oil change. With my kind of mileage, this will be a spring and fall ordeal. MIND NUMBING that a bike this well thought out is 3 yards short of stupid for maintenance. Oil, Air filter, Light filament ect. Jeeeeeeez.
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Re: oil change suckage

Oil Filters are 11-42-7-721-779 Cost 12.21 + Tax
(Some dealers charge $20)
The filter is 1/3 SHORTER than the K1200GT

Filter came off OK but the install was tricky - tight but possible without cursing.
The bottom panel screws need to be removed but the panel does not.
The kick stand DOES NOT, DOES NOT have to be removed!!!!!

Place the bike on the center stand
Place catch pan
Remove Dip Stick
(I also remove the cone - what ever that's for)
Remove drain plug

Remove the Oil Level Sight Hose from the top of the Reservoir.
Plug the tube with a disposable ear plug.
Fish the tube down the frame to the catch pan.
The bottom connection rotates - do not unplug it
Remove the ear plug and drain
Drain for 20 minutes - yes it is sloooooow
Reroute the tube and snap it back in place
Fill the reservoir with 3.5 qts.
Reinstall the cone and dip stick
Start the bike
Stop the bike
Check the level - should be zero to 1/4 qt low
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Re: oil change suckage

The filter given to me by the dealer is longer than what was on the bike. That is ok with me but even with the short filter I could not get a filter wrench on so I pulled the side stand assembly off. Was not to bad after that.
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