Did the "Complete" Oil change today

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by HarryB737, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    After reading about the "complete" oil change on this site, I changed my oil today using this method. Everything went fine, but I had a hard time getting the return line off and on... the fittings wern't the problem, it was manuvering the line itself. There is only about an inch & a half of flexible braid line in the middle of the line and that didn't help much... it would be a lot easier if more braided line were in place. I thought about adding more to it, but upon closer examination I noticed the line changes size also. It's 1/2" coming from the engine to the braid, then on the other side it reduced to 3/8" to the oil tank. Other than part about sweating like a pig messing with the line, I'm very happy with the over all results...Completely clean oil. :D
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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  3. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    No, I did the one without buying the kit, that Glider explained how to do. It was fine except for fighting with the oil line.... I won :D
     
  4. HOLY DIVER

    HOLY DIVER Junior Member

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    congrats on doing your maintenance your self now u have $50 i your pocket that would have be spent on labor at the local shop!
     
  5. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    Thanks Holy Diver for responding, I do ALL the work on my vehicles myself. This type of Oil change flushes all the oil out of the passages & hidden places that a normal oil change does not... If you get a chance look in the self help section & it will explain what I'm talking about..
     
  6. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Going to have to try that Harry :D
     
  7. HOLY DIVER

    HOLY DIVER Junior Member

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    ok i gotchca i've never owned a softail but i am familiar with what your talking about
     
  8. Fossil

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    Glad you can do your own oil changes but why all the hassle. The small amount of the old oil isn't going to do a thing to your engine or any thing else. You never see pro mechinics going to all that trouble. Just changing you oil on a regular basis is the cheapest preventive maintanence you can do.
     
  9. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    Fossil, Thanks for responding, I do change my oil on a regular basis, I also choose to get that last quart of dirty oil out of my engine, and really it was not that much more of a problem... one quart of dirty oil mixed with 3 is more than a little. Why from the start of a fresh oil change would you want to fill up your new filter with dirt from that last quart of oil. My Bike, My investment.
     
  10. Doug S

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    I'm pretty sure I can fab one of these pucks up out of an old filter.

    Does the oil flow into the filter throught the center, where it screws on?

    thanks
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