Hi I'm going to do my own oil and filter change on my 2001 ZX12R, what would you advise as to the best oil and filter to buy. This will be my first time doing the oil and filter on my bike as I usually get it done by the garage so any tips would be very welcome
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Most old oil comes out when warm, you may need an oil filter wrench or spanner if the old filter has a hexagon nut on it.
Follow instructions for fitting the new oil filter. (smear rubber ring with new oil)
It recommends a new copper washer for the oil plug but I just clean it up and use sealant so that it does not have to be tightened more than needed.
DEFINITELY invest in a funnel, took me ages to get one and was doing the bottle cut trick until I had. Saves time (and mess).
Run your bike until it gets warm to hot (be careful if it's on the hot side).
Use an old washing up bowl to catch the old oil (not a round one) give the oil sufficient time to drain and torque up the sump plug, if you are not torquing it up do not over tighten it as a stripped sump plug is not good.
Unscrew the old filter (the other posters have give advice on various methods) place bowl underneath to catch the oil which will run out when the seal is loosened.
Lightly grease or oil the 'O' ring seal of the new filter before hand tightening it. (hand tight is spin filter on until it just touches the clean seat then turn quarter to half turn).
Use only motorcycle specific engine oil either full or semi synthetic 10/40, for most road bike aplications I would suggest semi synthetic.
Other swear that using full synthetic is best, only you can decide which way you go.
Once you have refilled the engine with the correct amount of new oil (using your new funnel).
Start your engine, do not rev the engine just let it idle until the oil light goes out, if no oil light about 30 to 60 seconds, stop the engine and check that the level is correct, top up which you will need to do, also check for leaks, if any found cure / rectify and job done.
when decanting the old oil into a container fro disposal you can check for any debris in the bottom of the bowl and also cut open the oil filter to check for metal or other debris.
Hope this helps you out a little.
assumption is the mother of all f*** ups.
Thanks guys for all the advice " />
good tip is to pour some oil about 200ml in the filter then roll it and the oil absorbs into the filter ..... DO NOT pour too much in otherwise it will not absorb and a little will leak back out when you screw it back on
this is called priming the oil filter and it means the filter will already have fresh oil in it to pump out sooner
jeez you will be a pro before long " />