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Old 12-16-2010, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, newbie here from Virginia. Just bought an 06 yesterday and had some questions about a few things. I don't exactly know what principles the oil system works off of or how it does. Is it considered a dry sump or wet sump? What would be the proper way to check the oil level? Is it just a pull ur dipstick in ur external tank, or is there a warmup process and check it with engine running? Any comments are helpful also as to what type / brand of oil you guys are running. Thanks for the input.

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To check the oil level you simply pull the dip stick from the external tank mounted in the front. I cant say i ever check mine as i change my oil every 2 hrs. But when i change in i let it warm up then drain it then add a quart to the tank and a bit to the crank case and start it to let the engine suck the oil in. Then i add more to the tank and check the level. All in all i use almost 2 qts everytime i change it. I never fill the tank to full, just a little less than full on the dip stick.
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To check the oil level you simply pull the dip stick from the external tank mounted in the front. I cant say i ever check mine as i change my oil every 2 hrs. But when i change in i let it warm up then drain it then add a quart to the tank and a bit to the crank case and start it to let the engine suck the oil in. Then i add more to the tank and check the level. All in all i use almost 2 qts everytime i change it. I never fill the tank to full, just a little less than full on the dip stick.
K thanks for the info. What brand do you use, synthetic, non synthetic?
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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u have to run the bike before checking the oil. when the bike sits it runs in to the motor so run it a few min then shut it off and check it.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Kool, dry sump system I guess. Thanks for the input. Do the clutches share the same lubrication, do I need to add friction modifiers, not add friction modifiers? What's everyone doing about ethanol in the fuel? Are there certain additives we need to use or not use?
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yes its a dry sump, the clutch, tranny, everything shares the same oil, so dont add friction modifiers,
dont know what you mean about the fuel, just run premium if its a stock motor and youll be ok!
and for oil, top of the line is amsoil, but its too expensive IMO,
belray thumper is good,
alot of people use Rotella T synthetic deisel oil, its cheap, works great..... you could use that, being so cheap you can change your oil often without going broke!
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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use a motorcycle grade oil or Rotella
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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KLOTZ MX 10/40 (Full Synthetic)... 10oz in crank and 44oz in the oil tank... 54oz total oil needed.

$11.50 a quart and well worth it if you race and want to take care of your engine.
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do not screw your dip stick in when you check it...

start the quad, let it run for 15-30 seconds... shut it down. unscrew the stick, wipe it clean, and set it flush with the top of the oil tank. dont screw it in. then check the level.
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Thanks for all the replies. Didn't know if the ethanol in fuel is causing anyone problems with carbs / etc. I bought yamalube oil this time around for the first change but next time Ill try something different. Any advice on where to buy the foam air filters? I guess they're wash / reuseable?
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