How often should I change my fluids??

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by lqdesertrider, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. lqdesertrider

    lqdesertrider Member

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    In September 2008 I changed all the fluids and as of today I have about 2,300 miles on that oil change. I'm getting ready for a 1,200 mile ride do you think I should change all three fluids before I leave? I have full synthetic in the bike and owner's manual says to change every 5K miles?

    Thanks for your input
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Not many in here go the full interval that the manual says. You will get a wide variety of opinions. Synthetics resist breakdown better so you can extend the change interval if needed. Overall, I would say since you're asking the question, it's at the front of your mind and will remain there the entire trip if you don't do the change. Do it!
     
  3. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Use the recommendations in the Owner's Manual as the absolute MAXIMUM intervals. This assumes that the bike is being ridden is a very mild way. Most of us suggest changing the engine oil on a 2,500-3,000 mile interval. Change the other two fluids at that same time, or at MOST every other time you change the engine oil.

    AND use this as your guide for what fluids to use:

    Oil Suggestions For Harleys - Harley Davidson Community

    TQ
     
  4. lqdesertrider

    lqdesertrider Member

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    lqdesertrider Member

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    I think I undertand what to use in the engine Mobile V twin 20/50

    Tranny - SPECTRO PLATINUM HEAVY DUTY GL-1 FULL SYNTHETIC GEAR OIL 75W140

    What I'm not sure about is the primary? Dealer says syn 3 20/50

    What do you thinks is the best option?

    Keep in mind I live and ride in the desert.
     
  6. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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  7. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    Engine i would change then wait on the primary and trans till 5k
     
  8. Flashback

    Flashback Active Member

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    I replace all the fluids every 3000. probly not necessary but i feel better...
     
  9. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    TQ has you covered, most opt for the HD recommended intervals as the maximum. Depending on your riding habits you will change it more often if...

    1) You ride in city a lot on short rides less than 25-30 miles or ride in cold or damp conditions (oil does not get hot enought to evaporate moisture with dilutes and helps to cause corrosion.

    2) You ride in stop and go traffic or high heat conditions 90 deg or higher most of the time where internal oil temperatures can break down oils.

    3) You are on a limited budget and do not service your bike yourself, change at factory recommended intervals based on duty of service you and your dealer/aftermarket servicer recommend. :33:
     
  10. 09blueflhtcu

    09blueflhtcu Banned

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    I use Amsiol in engine and primary and spectro 6 speed in trans. Trans change once a season, engine at 4 to 5000 miles :D