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I'm getting real close to an Oil change (mileage), & it is real close to the end of riding for the year. Would it make much, if anydifference if I changed the oil now, orthefirst thing in the Spring?
 

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Change the oil now ,why let the gunk in the dirty oil settle out in your engine. Worm it up , do the old hot oil change .and get the fresh stuff in there for the winter
 

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Used oil, IMO, is full of acids and contaminants. I would spend the few dollars needed for a fresh oil and filter change. Not alot of money to get all that out before the long winter rest. Even a cheap oil would be better than old oil, or so it would seem to me. Happy winter to ya! jimsjinx
 

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Used oil, IMO, is full of acids and contaminants. I would spend the few dollars needed for a fresh oil and filter change. Not alot of money to get all that out before the long winter rest. Even a cheap oil would be better than old oil, or so it would seem to me. Happy winter to ya! jimsjinx
+1 on the new oil. I'd equate it to clean underwear. Wouldn't you rather go to bed with fresh clean ones on than the ones you almost didn't make it to the bathroom on? (Just messing with ya)



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Used oil, IMO, is full of acids and contaminants. I would spend the few dollars needed for a fresh oil and filter change. Not alot of money to get all that out before the long winter rest. Even a cheap oil would be better than old oil, or so it would seem to me. Happy winter to ya! jimsjinx
+1 on the new oil.  I'd equate it to clean underwear. Wouldn't you rather go to bed with fresh clean ones on than the ones you almost didn't make it to the bathroom on? (Just messing with ya)


That's just wrong in so many ways. But I gotta agree with the analogy.

 

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if you're going to park the bike the whole winter, when you winterize the bike, change the oil and do not turn her back on again. the oil will remain fresh to be used in the spring for the season.
 

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and just for fun put some of that old oil in a tall closed glass jar and set it on the shelf for the winter... you'd be surprised what the filter misses and what will settle out in a few months... I did that intending to send it for analysis, but forgot.. amazing the crud on the bottom of the jar in the spring.. like others said.. change it now (while the crud is in suspension)

edit: crud not crude
 

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Yep, change it now.
 

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I would change the oil too, but i WOULD start her up after changing the oil, if nothing else to circulate the clean oil, and put a coating of fresh oil through the motor. If you just pour in new oil, you'll still have some old oil puddling in certain areas.
 

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+1 on the new oil. I'd equate it to clean underwear. Wouldn't you rather go to bed with fresh clean ones on than the ones you almost didn't make it to the bathroom on? (Just messing with ya)



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I gotta' remember that comparison...:ROFL::ROFL: :gunhead:
 

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it really dosent matter now or later just start it up and get the oil moving a bit before you drain it

its whatever you want to do, i put my bike away for the winter yeah the oil needs changed but it will not hurt it one bit to sit for the winter months
 

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jimsjinx wrote:
Used oil, IMO, is full of acids and contaminants.
I'm with JJ, without question. Continue your maintenance schedule and change it out. IMO and ideally, you'd want to change it out anyway for a Winter lay-up. You never know what could happen in the mean-time. That lay-up could turn into years for some unforeseen reason. I've bought man-a-bike that way... Keep yourself or the next guy a step ahead of the "revival" come Spring or thereabouts.
 

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Brew wrote:
jimsjinx wrote:
Used oil, IMO, is full of acids and contaminants. I would spend the few dollars needed for a fresh oil and filter change. Not alot of money to get all that out before the long winter rest. Even a cheap oil would be better than old oil, or so it would seem to me. Happy winter to ya! jimsjinx
+1 on the new oil. I'd equate it to clean underwear. Wouldn't you rather go to bed with fresh clean ones on than the ones you almost didn't make it to the bathroom on? (Just messing with ya)



Later,
:ROFL: What If I ware my birthday suit to bed?:ssshh::ROFL::action:



Thanks for everybody's opinion, I will change it this week, then go for a short ride so the fresh oil can circulate though out the engine.
 

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If you go for a short ride you are back to square one as far as oil turning changing its PH (acidity). Same as warming it up several times during the winter. What I WOULD do is crank it a good 4 to 5 times 5 seconds each with a 10 seconds cooling in between cranks, with the kill switch on the OFF position, That should get the oil pumps turtning just enough, without having exhaust fumes.

I said WOULD because I ride year round, except snow, ice or salt. So I'm not a "weinterizing" expert, just my humble opinion.

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Bufallowing wrote:
What I WOULD do is crank it a good 4 to 5 times 5 seconds each with a 10 seconds cooling in between cranks, with the kill switch on the OFF position,
I'm not sure about the 1500 but on the 1800 the starter will not even crank over with the kill switch set to "OFF"

Warm up the engine, change the oil, be happy.....
 

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on my 1500 the engine won't turn over with kill switch turned to kill postion either

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Just ride it with the oil that's in there now.
Come time to store it, start it up to warm up the oil, then change it and the filter out with fresh oil and filter. Start/run bike to make sure your oil level is correct and shut it down and leave it. Put battery tender on it and leave it alone until spring.

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You live further south than me. Don't you ride at all in the winter. Mine never sits more than 2-3 weeks. Oh, now somethin' bad will happen. :ssshh:
 
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