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    I am thinking I should change my gear oil. I used Royal Purple in the past (no complaints) SAE 75W-90 Synthetic. I still have quite a bit left (1/2 quart) I think I changed it last about 5 years ago (may be longer, eeks). Can I use what I have left or should I buy a new bottle? I see no expiration date.

    Also, where are the instructions for changing it? I don't remember.

    WDYT?

  • #2
    Shouldn't be a problem. Just drain the xfer case from underneath. [be sure not to drain the engine oil by mistake} Then remove large slotted plug on the side of the case, being careful not to damage it; it's chromed aluminum and gouges *really* easily. Then remove the small allen screw next to it and fill until the gear oil starts seeping out of the little allen screw hole.
    Last edited by Doc_V; 03-11-2019, 03:10 PM.

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    • #3
      Download the owners manual. It explains how it’s done. All year models are done the same way.

      https://www.manualslib.com/manual/66...tar-Xv16a.html

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      • #4
        On the fill cap. I took a large washer and grinded down one side, flat for about an inch. Then wrapped it with electrical tape. Use a adjustable wrench with it. Work well for the large fill cap! No damage!

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        • roadiemort
          roadiemort commented
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          Do you know how thick the washer you used was? Thanks.

      • #5
        I wouldn't worry too much about the 5 year interval. I've had my bike 6 years and have never changed or even checked the gear oil.




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        • #6
          Mort, It was a 1 1/4" washer maybe 1/16 thick. I used the electracal tape to protect the cap and to thicken the washer. 1 1/2" washer would be better.

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          • roadiemort
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            Thanks.

        • #7
          Google " changing gear oil in a road star". It is a YouTube by James Adam. BTW, I would not use the gear oil you have left if it's 5 years old. Just saying.

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          • highvoltage
            highvoltage commented
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            Thanks for clearing that out for me. I was always under the impression when the container was opened deterioration of the oil began. Learn something new everyday.

          • Bikerron
            Bikerron commented
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            You have that confused with a beer.

          • highvoltage
            highvoltage commented
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            LOL. That must be why I drink all the beer and leave nothing in the container.

        • #8
          Maybe I missed it, did he cover if the bike is level or on the kickstand..?

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          • Cheapa$$jimmy
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            Bike is level. I put the kickstand on a 4x4.

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          • #10
            My pipes cover the oil level hole, I just drain the old fluid and put back in a little less than a 1/2 qt. Anymore than that and it will find a way out!

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