Should I Change Oil?

Discussion in 'Oil' started by hd4evr, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. hd4evr

    hd4evr Banned

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    I'm gonna have less than 1500 miles on my oil change when I have to put my bike away for about 5 months. I run Mobil 1 V-Twin 20w-50. Do I need to change the oil before I put my bike in storage? It's only 1500 miles, and it's a $50 oil change!
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Not a bad Idea so the old oil with spent gas and deposits does not eat away at any vital parts :s
     
  3. Hoople

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    Is that what it costs on the street for a 3 quart oil change? I would have to collect aluminum cans to have my oil changed. These toys are expensive.
     
  4. hd4evr

    hd4evr Banned

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    4 qts. of Mobil One at $10 a qt., plus $11 for a filter.
     
  5. Hoople

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    Your doing it wrong. I buy one quart at a time so it doesn't seem so bad.:D
     
  6. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    The oil should be changes at least once a year or 5,000 or more often if you like. Over maintenance will just extend the life on the engine and drive line. While at it using Hoople's method change out oil in primary and trans. Make sure to lube steering. This is the cheapest cost to owning a Harley.
     
  7. oldhippie

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    Or you could do what I do, use Mobil 1 15W50 for the storage oil change. It's cheaper and then in the spring I'll run it for a month or so then change back to M1 V-twin for the hotter summer months.

    I hope you're not using the chrome filter, Use the cheaper black filter for the storage.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  8. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes. Leave clean new unused oil in your engine if you are going to mothball the bike for the winter.

    Winter Storage - Harley Davidson Community

    TQ
     
  9. lowrider1963

    lowrider1963 Active Member

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    Question, if you run synthetic in your bike and want to change the oil for storage, can you use standard grade to save $$?
     
  10. lowrider1963

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    smitty. If I change in winter and don't get to ride for 3-4 months (Cleveland's winters can be a harsh), will the oil break down?