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Old 08-16-2010, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default first time oil change ninja 500r

I will be changing the oil on my ninja this week (it's my first time ever changing oil on anything). I have a friend helping me, but I'm interested in any tips, potential hang ups, or recommendations you could offer. I'm very aware of the banging in the ass that some shops try to do to chicks & I would like to minimize the jerking around the shop guys might try to pull.

what stuff do i need to get? I will be changing to synthetic oil. Does that change the type of filter I get?

FYI--I've wrenched my own bicycles for years so I'm not a complete moron when it comes to tools & how to use them (just because bikes are a simpler machine than a motorcycle doesn't mean that they aren't any less of a pain in the ass when in the garage).
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:20 PM   #2
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Filter is not oil specific.

Drain oil. Remove filter (ensure that the O-Ring comes off with the filter). Replace filter. Fill oil.

I would suggest throwing a hose clamp on the Oil Filter...you'll need it.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:27 PM   #3
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An oil change is pretty simple on this. First step is to get an oil pan or some sort of container to drain the oil into. Then warm up the bike a little bit (just a little bit so the oil becomes slightly more viscous, as you don't want the engine to be too hot when you are working on it.) Then remove the drain plug from the oil pan on the bottom of the bike. Pull out the filler plug while it is draining so that it will drain faster. Do not remove the cap before you do this though, as you do not want a whole bunch of oil coming out right when you remove the plug (This helps to keep it slightly less messy.) Then remove the oil filter. The filter on that bike is an external screw on type, so just unscrew it. If the previous owner did not lube the filter before installing it you might need to resort to the screwdriver through the oil filter trick, or use a pair of channel locks. After the oil has finished draining, take the new filter, and stick your finger int he new bottle of oil and run it around the gasket where the filter will mate with the engine case. This will make future removal much easier. The install the filter, put the drain plug back in, and then add 3.6 quarts of oil approx. Here is a link to the full breakdown of how to do this.

http://www.ex-500.com/wiki/index.php..._an_Oil_Change

And like Tony said, you can run any filter with synthetic. Just make sure the synthetic oil that you get is either motorcycle specific or will work with a wet clutch.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:31 PM   #4
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Open, drain, replace, (filter, no double gaskets!) close , fill, start, stop, wait, check, ride!
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:44 PM   #5
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Make sure you don't cross thread the filter or the drain plug and make sure you don't over tighten the filter or the drain plug! Also, don't overfill the oil, you're better off a little low than high, if anything
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Make sure you don't cross thread the filter or the drain plug and make sure you don't over tighten the filter or the drain plug!
While it is important to not overtighten... keep in mind that these two things hold oil... and that is very slippery.

If you don't have a torque wrench (and even if you do), I still suggest drilling the drain bolt and putting the hose clamp on the filter.

This allows you to snug up the plug and filter and not have to worry about it loosening.
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Or to make oil changes easier (ie not have to put a clamp on the filter) just buy a K&N oil filter with a pre-drilled bolt on the end. It makes it much easier to wire it.
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While it is important to not overtighten... keep in mind that these two things hold oil... and that is very slippery.

If you don't have a torque wrench (and even if you do), I still suggest drilling the drain bolt and putting the hose clamp on the filter.

This allows you to snug up the plug and filter and not have to worry about it loosening.
Oil inside the filter is good, outside the filter BAD! You can't go wrong giving yourself a little extra piece of mind with safety wire and a hose clamp
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Oil inside the filter is good, outside the filter BAD! You can't go wrong giving yourself a little extra piece of mind with safety wire and a hose clamp
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Others have already given good advice, but I'd like to add that it's worth filling the new oil filter with oil before screwing it on. If you don't, you might get some air in the system and your oil pressure light will go on after filling the bike with new oil and restarting. This freaked me out the first time I changed the oil on my ninja.

It's a pretty common "issue" with the 500R, but it's easy enough to burp the system if it ends up happening. Plenty of helpful folks here and at ex-500.com can provide advice for that as well.

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