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  • Gear oil change?

    How often do you change your gear oil? I have an '06 1700, about 3500 miles. If I had to bet, i'd bet that the gear oil hasn't been changed since initial break-in.

    I​ think I read that the next recommended change is 8k miles? But what do *you guys* recommend?

  • #2
    Gear oil is every 15k

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    • #3

      here a link to a service manual


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      htes.google.com/site/tykesplace/yamaha-roadstar/service-manuals

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      • #4
        So it isn't something I need to worry about now, GREAT! First bike I've owned with a separate gearbox, and just wanted to be sure. Thanks!

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        • #5
          The gearbox is inside the engine and is lubed with the engine oil. The transfer case which you're probably thinking is the gearbox uses 80W gear oil to lube the chain and bearings.
          Scott B.

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          • jamez1965
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            Oh dang it, thanks! (I really need to work on my terminology!)

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          Wouldn’t hurt to check the level.

          There’s a drain plug (not shown), a fill-to-this-level plug (2) and the larger, fill plug (1) above the other two.

          This is accomplished with the bike standing level.

          You can find the information in the Owner’s Manual.

          https://dd5394a0b8ca8e97ba29-abf76f3..._Star_1266.pdf

          Clicking on an item in the Table of Contents will take you to that page.

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          • jamez1965
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            Awesome, thanks!

          • jamez1965
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            Oh I see, the hole the #2 bolt plugs is like a weep hole, right? Easy peasy.

          • Bikerron
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            Peasy.

            Why, yes. Yes, it is.

        • #7
          When I got mine (an '02), with 6XXX miles on it earlier this year, I figured I'd change it anyways while I'm in there doing the rest of the fluids. It was cheap, easy and is just one less thing to worry about. Will get changed again at the 15k mark as per the manual even though it'll technically have another 6k+ miles left on it. Fresh fluids are the best fluids.

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          • #8
            Originally posted by WYRE View Post
            When I got mine (an '02), with 6XXX miles on it earlier this year, I figured I'd change it anyways while I'm in there doing the rest of the fluids. It was cheap, easy and is just one less thing to worry about. Will get changed again at the 15k mark as per the manual even though it'll technically have another 6k+ miles left on it. Fresh fluids are the best fluids.
            You're a wise man beyond your years. I am the same, ahh, kind of sort of, not sure about the wise part though. No matter which bike I buy "new to me", and no matter how many miles on her and no matter what the seller told me, The very first thing I do is change any and all fluids on the bike. My simple minded thinking is that by doing this, I now have a base line to start keeping track of proper maintenance from that point going forward. It's also cheap insurance in my book.

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            • #9
              After reading about original owners and their snake oil remedies and misinterpretations of what goes where and how much to put in, that’s sound advice.

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              • #10
                Awesome, thanks you guys. Change it is!

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                • #11
                  I ALWAYS, with any used vehicle I come into the possession of... Baseline it. That simply means change out all fluids and note the date and miles. It's the NEW baseline upon which all other subsequent changes will be made... And, I know what's in there from day 1. The transfer case gets a fresh refill with some 13.45 oz of Mobil 1 75w-90 gear oil (i think those are the numbers). Drain it from the drain plug, pull the weep hole plug, fill at the big hole plug 'til it starts to weep... There's enough in the 1 qt bottle to do it again next time. It's a twofer!

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