DIY Oil Change
The oil change.
I used the owners manual which gives a brief overview of how to check and change the oil. It says to remove the skid plate but doesn't show how. Its easy to figure out but again, just an overview. Here is a write up, pics are included on my blog (link in sig.)...It's late and I'm too lazy to link all the pics atm.
5mm Allen head socket or wrench
Oil. 4.4qt DCT, 4.3qt Manual (I use Honda GN4 10W-30 Sj)
Oil filter (15410-MFJD01)
(2) Sealing washer for 12mm drain bolts.
2. Skid plate removal.
Using the 5mm Allen remove the two bolts at the front of the plate facing the front wheel. The plate will pivot a little and you can now see that there is one rear bolt near the left foot peg and a peg on the frame facing inward which the right rear of the plate slides on to. Remove the foot peg side bolt and slide the plate off the peg.
3. Drain oil.
Remove two 12mm bolts from the crank case. Order of removal does not matter. You will need a bigger oil pan to catch both streams at once so if using a smaller pan only drain one at a time. If you do not have a center stand I suggest holding the bike in a straight up position to drain the most amount of oil out of the case. Once oil is drained from the case replace the sealing washers on the bolts and tighten the 12mm bolts (22 lbs/ft) and move the oil pan under the filter. Remove the filter and let the oil drain, holding the bike straight up again for a little bit.
4. Replace filter.
Lubricate the oil filter gasket by using some fresh oil on the tip of your finger. Honda suggests torquing to 19 lbs/ft but I'm assuming most won't have the special cap tool for the filter so spin on the filter and tighten until it is very snug.
5. Fill with oil.
Remove the oil fill plug and fit funnel into fill hole. For the DCT you will fill 4.4qt and for the Manual you will fill 4.3qt. The qt size bottle of the Honda oil has delineations of 200mL. 1 qt is 946 mL so you can roughly use the mL numbers to get a closer idea of what .4 and .3 of a qt is. 0.4 qt will be roughly 375mL and 0.3 qt will be roughly 285mL, round those off as you see fit. Once you've added the correct amount of oil replace the fill plug.
6. Check the oil level.
While on the side stand star the bike and let it idle for 3-5m. Switch off the engine and wait 2-3 minutes. Move the bike into an upright position (center stand, or second person needed). Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a lint free rag. Insert the dipstick until it seats but don't screw it in. Check that the oil level is between the upper and lower level marks. Replace dipstick and screw it back in tightly.
Go for a ride!
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