changing oil ?

9 replies to this topic
  • keestan31

Posted March 24, 2005 - 02:02 PM


Well i just bought a 99' yz 400 and before riding it went through all the normal maintnence...when i was changing my oil i took out the bolt on the frame and the oil shot all ove my front tire...i know this is normal but i was just wondering you all take off the front tire when changing the oil or just dont worry about it?

  • MotoGoalie

Posted March 24, 2005 - 02:07 PM


No man, you don't need to pull your front wheel off. :) Just hold a catch basin right in front of the drain until the thing starts tailing off. It's a pain, but XR600 owners have been doing this for years now. :p

That must have made a helluva mess :)

  • XriderR00

Posted March 24, 2005 - 02:45 PM


turn your tire silly

  • keestan31

Posted March 24, 2005 - 03:48 PM


i tried turning the wheel then it gets all over the rim silly

  • keestan31

Posted March 24, 2005 - 03:49 PM


yes it did make a hell of a mess......wasnt ready for it to shoot that far

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  • sirthumpalot

Posted March 24, 2005 - 04:13 PM


Put a pan under it, the bigger the better. When you loosen the bolt, DO NOT remove it all the way. I mean unscrew it all the way, but hold it about 1/4" away from the frame. The oil stream will hit the bolt and go strait down into the pan. After about 10 seconds the flow eases up a bit and you can remove your hand and just let it flow. Latex gloves are spectacular for oil changes BTW, the local grocery or drug store probably carries them for < $10 for 100. After a few tries you'll be able to do it without spilling a drop. :)

  • DoctorRzed

Posted March 24, 2005 - 04:34 PM


Or you can just hold up the basin w/one hand on an angle untill the oil lows down???duh

  • Goosedog

Posted March 24, 2005 - 04:51 PM


Since my first oil change, and after I cleaned off the front tire, I started to pull the case plug first and then the frame plug after the pressure was down a bit. I don't know why that should be a problem even though it's against manuel procedure. :)

  • grayracer513

Posted March 24, 2005 - 05:46 PM


Or you can just hold up the basin w/one hand on an angle untill the oil lows down???duh

Too complicated.

  • WheelsUp

Posted March 24, 2005 - 05:55 PM


The Billy Who Manfunnel works just fine.

Next week, we'll see if it still works with a Utah skidplate installed :)

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