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trav72

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PostSubject: Longest oil change in history   Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:09 pm

About a week ago I went to do an oil change but ran into some difficulty. Problem: the bolt was really stuck and I could not get it to budge. After trying with sockets and breaker bars, heat, etc. nothing was working. Add insult to injusy, the bolt head stripped on me. Nothing to do at the point until I got a new oil drain bolt. So I went and ordered one before I attempted it again. In the mean time, I went riding.

Fast forward to last night.....I received the new bolts (ordered a couple) and a few crush washers and attempted to remove it again. After hours and hours of trying everything I could think of, I gave up and felt completely defeated. By a bolt no less. I was planning on doing a SM track day on Friday and because I couldn't get the oil changed I decided to cancel it.

Then this morning I tried again. This time I decided to grind the shit out of the bolt until there was hardly anything left against the engine case. This presented a few problems. I didn't want to grind it and mess up the case and I needed to work at an angle that would allow me to do so.

First step...lay the bike down and use my Dremel.


That didn't work plus the lower frame was in my way. Next step, flip it over and swing the lower frame away.


With that angle I was able to grind away and finally got the damn thing! wings The grinder tapped a couple of small spots on the case but no real damage. Everything is smooth and there are no leaks whatsoever.


I was able to get the everything buttoned back up and completed my track day prep. Now I'm good to go! thumb

What my bike normally looks like


Track mode.


All in all, it took me a week to change the oil. Rolling Eyes
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motokid
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:48 pm

What track? Summit? NJMP?

Nice job by the way. thumb

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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:52 pm

I was very relieved when I finally got the f'ing thing out.

Yeah I'm going to Summit tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:27 pm

trav72 wrote:






I nominate this picture for the next header shot!!!!!!!!!!


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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:37 pm

motokid wrote:

I nominate this picture for the next header shot!!!!!!!!!!

I second this motion.
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:21 pm

The representative from Texas votes "Yea" to header picture.
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:01 pm

a single vote from Az votes 'Yea'.

Cool to see the bike on the seat & bars like a bicycle! Makes it look small & light.
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:53 pm

Only problem is the wrong owner... It's Trav's bike! Shog
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:30 am

rydnseek wrote:
Only problem is the wrong owner... It's Trav's bike! Shog

PM sent.... dunno

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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:46 am

And I posted up in header shot thread too. thumb Very happy
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:03 pm

Damn , I don't even get credit for my pic.
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SheWolf
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:29 pm

Sorry Trav...brain is kinda wonky. Had a death here so I'm not firing on all 8.

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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:05 pm

trav72 wrote:
That didn't work plus the lower frame was in my way. Next step, flip it over and swing the lower frame away.

She wolf is bound to jump in on this one, but this is where I usually start. ...and that is just to check the oil.
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:31 am

SheWolf wrote:
Sorry Trav...brain is kinda wonky. Had a death here so I'm not firing on all 8.

No worries. Thanks for fixing it. I'm sorry about your loss.
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:11 am

TRAV72
That always happens to me when I'm rushing to do something and Murphy's Law shows it's ugly head......EVERY TIME. Glad to hear you were successful.
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:07 am

josh wrote:

That always happens to me when I'm rushing to do something and Murphy's Law shows it's ugly head......EVERY TIME.

I'm glad I'm not the only one.
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:00 pm

Did you have any problems getting the oil level correct on the sight glass that way round !!! wink
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trav72

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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:49 pm

I just made sure it was between to the 2 lines. Very happy
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PostSubject: Re: Longest oil change in history   Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:47 pm

Lots of slippery stuff then lol!
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