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Oil Change Question #655822
12/08/20 08:35 PM
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Greensboro, NC, USA
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I picked up my M3W 6 weeks ago with 186 miles on it. However, the dealer had it in stock for 2 years. Prior to delivery, the dealer performed an oil change.

I've now hit the 500 mile mile threshold and I see that the S&S manual recommends changing the oil at 500 miles. Is it worth it to change it again? I'm leaning towards running it the rest of the season and changing it over the winter. On a similar thought, if the oil is drained at the end of the season, would it be wise to not refill until ready to drive in the spring to prevent sumping oil drips? I would tape an obvious "ADD OIL" sign on the dash covering the starter switch to prevent running without oil.


Scott

2018 M3W
1995 Porsche 993
Re: Oil Change Question [Re: sbarracl] #655827
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I wouldn't worry about it. Ideally it would have some very ordinary low tech oil in till about 1000 miles then change to some decent quality oil before thrashing it. I'd suggest just running it till it hits the 1000 miles and if that includes sitting unused for a while, just drain the sump into a clean tub and tip it into the tank before firing it up.

Re: Oil Change Question [Re: sbarracl] #655828
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Hi Scott - as you know I was in the same boat as you, buying the other unit that had been on their lot for 2 years. Dealer performed an oil change prior to delivery and then I performed an oil change at 1500 miles. Even at 1500 miles, I thought the oil that I drained looked pretty clean but I just changed for peace of mind.


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Re: Oil Change Question [Re: sbarracl] #655832
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I bought my 2016 brand new in November 2019, with 47 miles on it. I changed the oil and filter at 1000 miles as per the S&S recommendation and the oil I removed still looked good. I plan on changing it every three thousand miles from here on out with full synthetic V Twin 20w50 oil. If it looks dirty before that I will change it sooner.

John

Re: Oil Change Question [Re: RedThree] #655856
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Originally Posted by RedThree
I wouldn't worry about it. Ideally it would have some very ordinary low tech oil in till about 1000 miles then change to some decent quality oil before thrashing it. I'd suggest just running it till it hits the 1000 miles and if that includes sitting unused for a while, just drain the sump into a clean tub and tip it into the tank before firing it up.

+1. Remember, oil is cheaper than an engine.


Stephen
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Re: Oil Change Question [Re: LightSpeed] #655872
13/08/20 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by LightSpeed
Originally Posted by RedThree
I wouldn't worry about it. Ideally it would have some very ordinary low tech oil in till about 1000 miles then change to some decent quality oil before thrashing it. I'd suggest just running it till it hits the 1000 miles and if that includes sitting unused for a while, just drain the sump into a clean tub and tip it into the tank before firing it up.

+1. Remember, oil is cheaper than an engine.

Totally agree. An annual oil and filter change is a small price to pay for pease of mind.


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Re: Oil Change Question [Re: sbarracl] #655878
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Just do it
It s the best thing to do

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Re: Oil Change Question [Re: sbarracl] #655885
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I'm changing my 3-Wheeler oil next Tuesday, as we've done more than 1000 miles now. The dealer says it's not mandatory anymore. But as you say, peace of mind... at low cost.


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Re: Oil Change Question [Re: sbarracl] #655943
13/08/20 01:11 PM
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All in all, it depends a lot on how much you drive. My HD can easily have a couple of oil changes in a season, my wife's HD is not riden as much. On any motorcycle engine I have that is not used a lot I normally do an end of season change so that it is really clean oil over the "not used as much" season. Thankfully winters are relatively mild here, so I get in an occasional drive.


Rodger
2018 M3W "Dreamers on the Rise"
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Re: Oil Change Question [Re: sbarracl] #655961
13/08/20 02:14 PM
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Port Orchard, WA.
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Here is a thought, oil tanks in motorcycles are small and heat the oil more rapidly and therefore evaporate the condensate in the oil much more quickly. The Three Wheeler has a large oil tank and heats the oil much more slowly giving more time for condensate to develop.

Ther have been a few folks on TM asking where water in the oil came from, showing photos of their oil tank caps with foamy oil on it. Thats the condensate.

So, changing your oil is also dumping water out of the system too.


Stephen
2019 M3W piling on the Covid miles

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