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#870803 - 02/04/14 08:11 AM Hexhead: Video Link to Oil Change Procedure  
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Max BMW has some nice videos on YouTube. Here's a link to a hexhead oil change done by one of their service personnel. It's for a GS, but has applications for the RT as well.


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#870808 - 02/04/14 11:37 AM Re: Hexhead: Video Link to Oil Change Procedure [Re: EffBee]  
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#871526 - 02/10/14 06:40 PM Oil Change and Filter Thoughts [Re: TestPilot]  
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Pretty basic skills here. Surprised that Max BMW did not prime the oil filter before installation. Prime meaning fill it with oil then screw into place.

Seen articles saying this is necessary on cars and then some folks will say it is dependent on oil path. Nevertheless, pretty simple to do.

Another topic on oil changes, pre-warm up or do cold. Thought behind warm is all the dirty particles flow out with out oil. Theory on doing cold is that dirty particles float down to the bottom of the engine and drain out with cold oil. When you start, all the dirty particles recirculate into the engine and may not come out with the hot oil. Had a Suzuki 1200S Bandit. No way you could do the filter when hot as it was just behind the 4 to 1 header. You would burn the hell out of yourself doing hot against pipes.

Another thought oil changes- is it really necessary on a bike to change filters at every change. In a car, filters are cheaper ($3 to $5) and hold up to 20% of the oil capacity many times. Motorcycle, much smaller filter but still 4 quarters of oil maybe representing 7 to 10% of oil and $10 to $15. Why mix dirty oil with new oil? When such a small amount, is that really a big deal?

Been chaning oil on my vehicles (seven of them now) since '68. My observations and no engineering reports to base by thoughts on, just some common sense.

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#883435 - 05/09/14 01:19 PM Re: Oil Change and Filter Thoughts [Re: EffBee]  
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This is how I change the oil on my 2012 RT.

When I get home from work I pull the plug and oil filter. I let it drain overnight to make sure all the oil or as much as possible drains out. Oil will slowly drain down from the oil cooler. So by morning hopefully all the oil will be out of the cooler and oil lines. Then I place the bike on the side stand and let the trapped oil from the right cylinder and valve cover run down. Then I lean it on the right side against my body and hold it there for about a minute and let the oil drain out the left cylinder and valve cover. Then it is back on the center stand. This method of leaning the bike will surprise you how much more oil drains out. Then I use shop air with a air nozzle and place it in the oil filler hole on the valve cover and blast air through and more oil spits out. By now most of the oil is out. Then I install the drain plug, prime the oil filter and add a total of 4 liters and after a good run the oil level is approx. 1/4 of a liter below the top of the red circle on the sight glass. I guess BMW figures 4 liters will bring it up to the top of the circle which means approx 250ml of dirty oil is still trapped in the engine. My method must get that 250ml of dirty oil out of the engine.

#917449 - 01/13/15 08:42 AM Re: Hexhead: Video Link to Oil Change Procedure [Re: EffBee]  
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My oil change, from start to finish on Youtube:

2009 BMW R1200RT Oil Change


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