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Old 03-08-2011, 08:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil Change vs Full Service

I have a 2009 Road King and run synthetic oil. Since I only have to change the oil every 5000 miles, I keep having to get a full service everytime and not just an oil change. I was wondering if this is something that had to be done or if I was just over spending everytime I needed an oil change.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Invest 60 bucks in a Harley manual for your bike and do the service yourself. Good way to learn about the bike and get those "little things" accomplished at the same time.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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get a shop manual it has the maint schedule it for 1000,5000,10000,15000,20000 ect ect yes some times it just oil & filter clutch adj cable lube jiffy stand lube dont rebember the intervals off the top of my head thas why i got a manual they are 50-60 bucks and worth evety penny
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I have a 2009 Road King and run synthetic oil. Since I only have to change the oil every 5000 miles, I keep having to get a full service everytime and not just an oil change. I was wondering if this is something that had to be done or if I was just over spending everytime I needed an oil change.
The late model H-D touring bike fluid change interval has been bumped up , the primary oil change is up to 10k and the trans is up to 20k or yearly , which ever happens first . In severe riding conditions the intervals should be modified to match the conditions .
So IMO , you only need to change the engine oil at 5k .
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Totally agree - get a manual and do it yourself. While you have the spanners (wrenches?) out, make sure the cables are lubed and adjusters adjust. H-D don't seem to lube anything at the factory these days. I had to use 2 pipe wrenches to get the throttle adjusters loose on my 2008 Dyna. The cables were bone dry. The bolt that holds the belt guard is siezed solid and will have to be drilled out. I heard of a guy whose wheel spindle was so seized after a year that the bearings collapsed before it came out. Very little of this would be detected by a dealer service. 5 minutes wrenching and a bit of grease can save a heap of problems in the future.
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I thought the full service included some sort computer download to update the computer on the bike. Around here the full service every 5000 miles is around $300. I can change fluids, adjust the primary chain, and all the stuff listed in the owner's manual, but I don't have a computer that can talk to my 06 electra glide. Do they really do something with a computer or would I be paying for something I am not getting my money's worth.

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No computer stuff as far as I know. The manual does NOT call for any computer checks..just changes the juices, filter, o-rings, check tire pressures, check torques of various nuts and bolts, etc.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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At a service the dealer hooks the bike up to DT or the computer, this checks the ECM download is up to date, that there are recalls, and checks for trouble codes as well
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like they said above get a manual read it then take it out to the garage with you . break out the tools take your time and you`ll be suprised how GOOD it feels to service your bike !! Then after awhile you`ll start doing a few little things to it next thing you know you`ll be able to take it apart and put it back together again .
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take your bike into a Harley Dealer. Your front tire has warranty issues.
Just got my 09 Ultra back with a brand new front tire free. It almost pays for the 10k check up.
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