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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Maintenance day today - Oil, Filter and Plugs

I bought my '14 Street Glide back in October, had right at 3,500 miles on it. The 1,000 mile service had been done, it appears that 6 quarts of SYN 3 had been put it in according to the service ticket. I've put 1,500 miles on it since so decided to change the fluids myself.

I picked up some more 20W-50 SYN 3 for the motor today with a new filter along with a quart+ of Genuine Formula+ for the primary and Belray 85W-140 Hypoid Gear Oil for the transmission on the dealer recommendation. Also put in two new spark plugs.

Here's some pics. First one is the primary drain plug. Oil was plenty dark and lots of crud on the magnet. Cleaned all that off and put a new O-ring on it. The tranny and crankcase plugs didn't have as much stuff on them. The spark plugs looked fairly decent but since the bike had been sitting a lot since new, went ahead and swapped them out per the service manual. Battery was changed last week, unexpectedly.

Found out first hand how the oil filter is kind of a pain in the ass to get the wrench in the right spot to snug it down.

I'll have the road test down tomorrow. Everything else seems to be in decent shape, will probably let the dealership do the full 10K service when that comes around.





















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Get one of these, slips on end of filter 3/8's drive extension your good to go. $13.95 at HD or $10 at Dennis Kirk. Be alittle careful around the CPS sensor right close

Oh the Belray Hypoid lube great stuff.
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I have one of these funnels to help catch the oil from the oil filter when it is removed.
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Get one of these, slips on end of filter 3/8's drive extension your good to go. $13.95 at HD or $10 at Dennis Kirk. Be alittle careful around the CPS sensor right close

Oh the Belray Hypoid lube great stuff.

good to get a positive opinion on the Belray fluid...

I do have that filter wrench, pain in the ass though to get it to be where I wanted it to be when it was time to remove it

I would like find some more information on the Arlen Ness type filter where you don't have to fool with the rim style wrench, but rather a nut in the center. Plus those filters look wicked cool.

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good to get a positive opinion on the Belray fluid...

I do have that filter wrench, pain in the ass though to get it to be where I wanted it to be when it was time to remove it

I would like find some more information on the Arlen Ness type filter where you don't have to fool with the rim style wrench, but rather a nut in the center. Plus those filters look wicked cool.

K&N oil filters have a Hex lug on the end.
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Nice job on the main, you might want to consider doing all your maint. yourself, its very rewarding, you save $$ and you know its been done the way you want. I use a strap wrench for the filter never had any issues, mine has a belt that tightens with an open end wrench.
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Nice job on the main, you might want to consider doing all your maint. yourself, its very rewarding, you save $$ and you know its been done the way you want. I use a strap wrench for the filter never had any issues, mine has a belt that tightens with an open end wrench.

I'll probably never get real involved with maintenance, for a couple of reasons...tools and training. There's too much money to tie up in tools and testing equipment for one bike, and there's a lot to be said for experience gained in working in a dealer shop and gaining their certifications.

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My username alludes to a Marine Corps MOS, and I do have an A&P certificate, although I know longer work in aviation. So tackling some general maintenance issues is always rewarding and I like to see what is going on with the equipment. If I wasn't past 50, I wouldn't mind going back into that line of work at a Harley shop, but they generally want a younger mind starting out, or at least some credible experience.

But next time, I'm pretty sure I'm swapping out that oil filter for something a little friendlier.

That tranny fluid swap was a good move as far as I can tell. Buttery smooth.

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Nothing wrong with doing your own oil changes it's true you'll know its done right.The first oil change I did on my basketcase someone used gasket sealant on the bottom of the filter had to use a punch and couple of holes later got the filter off then a small piece scotch brite soaked in oil around and around till the base was clean and now two oil changes later and no problems
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good to get a positive opinion on the Belray fluid...

I do have that filter wrench, pain in the ass though to get it to be where I wanted it to be when it was time to remove it

I would like find some more information on the Arlen Ness type filter where you don't have to fool with the rim style wrench, but rather a nut in the center. Plus those filters look wicked cool.
It can be little tricky, I took my dremel tool and enlarged that opening, problem solved.

Tried a couple of the filters with the nut on the end, had trouble getting a socket on them.
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