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change oil in the fall before storage? or in the spring?

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just wondering what your opinions are?

thank you

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for me, I want to do it in the fall to get all moisture out of the crankcase.

hopefully none of us make real short rides and don't let the engine get hot enough to boil off all water vapor.

I use 4 oz of Sea Foam, ride for 100 miles or so and drain it.


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Hello all,

just wondering what your opinions are?

thank you

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First welcome to the Best Gold Wing sight . I would change it before Storage , but then again for me there is only a 2 to 3 Mo time that I don't ride ( first snow fall , roads freeze over , sand/salt on the road to prevent black ice ). For the most part I do change the oil after the last ride of the season . I know others will chime in .
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do a drain and fill of the engine oil with something cheap like delo 15-40, $12 a gallon at wallys
Then in the spring drain that out before engine start- and refill with same oil or your choice of brands.
No moisture that's gotten absorbed into the system during storage will be able to wreck havoc that way!!

For fuel - add 2 oz seafoam per gal of gas = ~1/2 can in full tank for winter storage is good-
Store with FULL gas tank!
Go for a 15-30 minute ride after adding fuel conditioner- so its circulated thru and sitting in the carbs.
All will be well next spring when the bike will start up easily, and parts have been protected from moisture during sitting!

Stabil fuel stabilizer is another good product for use in the gas tank for winter storage- keeps fuel fresher

Dont forget to FLUSH the brake and clutch lever hydraulic systems in the spring = before 1st ride!!
That type of fluid sucks moisture from the air- ruining it and leading to expensive brake repairs...
wiki hygroscopic for why

5 dollars of DOT4 fluid will do the bikes hydraulic (brake/clutch lever) systems a few times over!
Invite your riding buddy to come help and do both bikes!!
Once Every YEAR is schedule for brake fluid flush!
Makes a big difference and should be done religiously

caution! parking on center-stand all winter can put weight on front tire- leading to flat spot
I would lower the tire pressures for storage so they dont flat spot- ruining them!

Battery- remove and place on workbench on piece of wood (no batt to floor or metal shelf contact)
Keep it on battery tender/maintainer- spend 20 bucks at walmart for the schaumer or a little more for the Deltran Battery Tender Jr. Both will keep the battery at full charge and ready to go next spring.
In riding season - plug it in after ride to keep the batt full!

If you leave batt in bike for the winter, disconnect the NEG cable at battery and put batt on maintainer
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DO NOT USE the harbor freight $5 maintainer unit -it doesnt have the brains to shut off when not needed-
cooked my battery~ 20 dollars now will save you 120 in the spring!!

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John Are you saying you store the bike with the engine oil drained??? after a short seafoam in the oil ride?
Or you store the bike with the treatment in the oil... for prevention?

The various oils used on the bike and in cars- pull moisture from the air.
During a normal ride/drive over 30 minutes that moisture is dried out.
Notice the cars in front of you at stoplights with water dripping out the exhaust?
guess how that got in there! And how bad it is for metal parts!!!!

It takes time to generate enough heat from the engine to dry its own oils. Thats one reason you see
30+ minute rides suggested as a minimum = to recharge the battery and dry the oils!

Note brake fluid doesnt circulate like the other fluids, so its really important to do its own flush- fluid has gotten wet and hot with no relief! Fresh fluid is the only answer.
At the race track we flushed the brake fluid every day, sometimes between sessions it got just a quick bleed, other times a full flush. That was 20 weekends a year!!
New fluid new fluid new fluid

If you haven't changed your brake fluid recently- do it and feel the improved stopping power!

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Could someone explain this saying to a California boy??????????

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You see when one stores there bike it is time for some deep cleaning.
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Battery- remove and place on workbench on piece of wood (no batt to floor or metal shelf contact) Can I Store My Battery on a Concrete Floor?

This one is an often heard ‘old wives tale’. It used to be that battery cases were made of inferior material such as hard rubber, or even tar. This material would develop micro cracks over time and become porous, and left on wet ground or damp concrete would begin to self discharge. Nowadays, battery cases are made of plastic that do not leak and can be stored on nearly any surface, even left in standing water with no ill effects.

- See more at: http://www.batterystuff.com/kb/frequ...concrete-floor.
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and my wife and me also Oklahoma weather we have nice days allot in the winter.

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I change oil and filter after last ride in the fall, usually first or second week of November.

The bike sits there until the first ride in the spring usually beginning of March.

I DO NOT start the bike through the winter. As mentioned it takes a while to evaporate water vapour after the engine heats up.

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