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Motocross & Enduro Oil change - how to do it properly!

The regular engine oil change is an absolute must for every motocross and enduro bike. So that your engine can work as hardwearing as possible, you should regularly change your oil filter as well. With our step-by-step tutorial you can carry out the service yourself and save on expensive workshop visits.

Some useful advice in advance

  1. Be sure to use the correct engine oil. The type-specific specifications (viscosity, optimum brake temperature, etc.) can be found in your manual. If you don't have it at hand, feel free to contact our customer support. There you will be well advised on suitable oils and lubricants!
  2. You shouldn't save money on engine oil. There are many different manufacturers, but oil isn't oil just because it has the same SAE rating. We therefore recommend to rely on well-known manufacturers. They often have development experience from racing and can guarantee a performance that meets the requirements of modern off-road engines.
  3. How often should you change your oil? Rather too often than too rare. Again, don't save money on the wrong side. An engine damage will definitely cost you more than an oil change too much.

Note: In this tutorial we show you how to change the oil on a 4-stroke bike. In general, you can also follow these steps for 2-strokes. However, it is important to note that 2-stroke engines are lubricated "separately" and that you must use special 2-stroke gear oil for oil changes. The combustion chamber is lubricated separately in the 2-stroke engine via the addition of 2-stroke oil to the gasoline.

You have read that? Then we can now start with the oil change!

1. Preparation

Working steps:

  1. Warm up your bike. The engine should have reached at least its approximate operating temperature so that the oil can flow out of the "rear corners" of the engine.
  2. Remove the skid plate and place your bike in a vertical position.
  3. Place an oil receptacle below your bike.

2. Altöl ablassen

Working steps:

  1. Remove the oil drain bolt so that the waste oil can drain off.
    Tip: Quickly pull the bolt away from the engine. This way you can avoid that the oil spills.
  2. Remove the oil filter cover and the oil filter.
  3. Thoroughly clean the oil filter barrel.
    Tip: Lean your bike left and right, so that the rest of the waste oil runs off.
  4. Insert the new oil filter in the oil filter barrel an close it with the correct torque.
  5. Insert the oil drain bolt in the motor barrel (Attention: note torque!).
  6. Thoroughly clean the motor barrel and remove oil residue.

3. Pour in new engine oil

Working steps:

  1. Be sure to use the manual to find the right amount of oil for your bike. Both too much and too little oil can cause damage on your engine!
  2. Fill the engine with the right amount of oil.
    Tip: A measuring cup and a funnel help you to work precisely.
  3. Tighten the oil filler plug.
  4. Start the engine. This way, the oil filter can soak up with oil and you can check if oil leaks at any point. Done!
Another note in conclusion: Even a regular oil change loses its value if the bike isn't warmed up. For the new oil to perfom its function optimally, it must have reached operating temperature. Be sure to take care of it, if your bike is important to you!

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