oil change

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by 09 deluxe, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. 09 deluxe

    09 deluxe Member

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    Hi everyone,
    Just bought an 09 deluxe, and was looking for some advice.
    I have read your info on a Complete Oil Change (Softail) and this sounds great. I have always liked keeping the oil and fluids clean in anything I have owned.
    The bike was slightly used with 1900 miles on it. I assume it is not to late in the game to change to synthetic oil.
    I'm not sure what's in there now.
    I have seen on some video, that you should add some oil to the new filter before you put it on. One video said 4 ounces. do you do this when you do the Complete Oil Change? Do you do this with synthetic oil?

    Thanks for your help
     
  2. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on the new bike! IMO, change all fluids ASAP & look in the Self-Help Tips for oil recommendations. Be prepared - there are quite a few postings, but lots of good info/tips. I use Mobile-1 20W50 Synth in the engine, Mobile-1 Synthetic gear oil in the tranny & HD Formula+ in the primary. Definitely get the Synthetic in engine & tranny! Only oil I put in/on the filter is surface coating the rubber gasket. Not a bad idea to add some oil to the filter & I might try it next change (if it won't run out everywhere). Also, if you plan on self-maint. & keeping the bike for awhile, might want to invest is a good/quality cycle jack. Makes it easier to access everything & work/wrench around the bike. Cheers & Safe Riding!
     
  3. Hoople

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    I tried it. It does run out everywhere. Don't waste your time.:p
     
  4. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Hoople - that's what I thought b/c my bike/filter are level when on the lift. Didn't think I could spin fast enough to prevent spillage.
     
  5. 09 deluxe

    09 deluxe Member

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    Is there a better or best synthetic oil?
    I keep hearing people talk about amsoil.
    As well, what weight of tranny fluid? 75w90 or 75w140 or something else?
     
  6. geezer

    geezer Senior Member Contributor

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    I would highly recommend Spectro 6 Speed 75-140 oil in the tranny. I put it in my Heritage and the wife's Deluxe. Queiter and smoother shifting in 10 to 15 miles of riding. Also found out there's neutral between 1st and 2nd.