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Exclamation FAQ: Basic Maintenance

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) thread is dedicated to showing general guidelines to performing basic maintenance task required to keep your bike in running order. For full procedures and information for your specific bike, please consult the service manual section (Service Manuals - ZX6R Forum) for the service manual.

** If you would like to contribute a relavent or better instructional or correct information, please PM me. **

Oil Change
Coolant Change
Cleaning & Lubricating your chain
Chain adjustment
Brake bleeding
Clutch & throttle cable lubrication
Lifting & Supporting your bike


* These are simply aids to help you complete a task. You are completely responsible for your bike and anything you decide to do to it

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Oil Change

Basic Motorcycle Maintenence Oil and Oil Filter Change Part 5/5 - YouTube

Notes:

  • A cup filter wrench will make the job a lot easier on certain models. You can obtain the tool for several bucks from an auto store and it is a 14 flute, 65mm cup.
  • If you elect to do the DIY "screwdriver method" of removing the oil filter, be careful as you could damage some expensive parts if you drive the screwdriver in the wrong spot.


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Chain Cleaning & Lubricating

How To Clean & Lube Your Motorcycle Chain - YouTube

Note: DO NOT do this with the bike on and in gear. Why? Ask him: How NOT to clean your chain. **GRAPHIC PICS*** : Suzuki GSX-R Motorcycle Forums: Gixxer.com

Chain Adjustment

How To Adjust Your Motorcycle Chain - YouTube
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Motorcycle Brake Bleeding Procedure from Sportbiketrackgear.com - YouTube
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Clutch & Throttle cable lubrication

How to - Lube your motorcycle clutch cable. - YouTube

Lubing motorcycle throttle cable ('08 Kawasaki ZX6R by example) - YouTube
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Clutch & Throttle Cable Adjustment

Throttle Cable Adjustment - YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW6NVS6_9yo

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Lifting & Supporting Your Bike

To perform many maintenance items on your bike such as lubricating and adjusting your chain or changing tires you will need to get the bike off the ground. That side kickstand just will not cut it. Also, most modern sportbikes do not come equipped with a center stand such as bikes from yestertime. There are several ways to get the bike supported.


Rear stand




Every motorcycle owner should own this type of stand. This will make many frequent task such as cleaning and lubricating your chain a snap. When selecting a motorcycle stand, you must decide if you want to use a spooled type or non-spooled type of stand. Pictured above is a spooled type of stand. The stand lifts the bike from swingarm attachments that bolt right into manufacture provided holes. The spools in question are below:



Another option is to use a non-spooled stand. This type of stand will lift from the swingarm itself instead of spools attached to the swingarm. This type of stand is pictured below:




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Nice Job! I'll have to go get the wrench cup and hope that opens the filter up. I didn't have a crush washer with the 17mm bolt that lets the oil out. Is it necessary?
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Nice Job! I'll have to go get the wrench cup and hope that opens the filter up. I didn't have a crush washer with the 17mm bolt that lets the oil out. Is it necessary?
Yes, go grab a washer for the oil pan bolt before you put it back on. Bike shops stock them and possibly auto stores.

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Nice Job! I'll have to go get the wrench cup and hope that opens the filter up. I didn't have a crush washer with the 17mm bolt that lets the oil out. Is it necessary?
I reuse mine, probably not the best advice, but its never failed me yet.
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Okay.. U should add, how to adjust clutch and throttle cable.
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Okay.. U should add, how to adjust clutch and throttle cable.
Find a video or make a how to and we can expedite adding that . Just PM it to me and i'll put it in

I'll find one tonight if not tho, no worries.

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Find a video or make a how to and we can expedite adding that . Just PM it to me and i'll put it in

I'll find one tonight if not tho, no worries.
I figured it would of been a good addition to your thread...
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