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  • How To: Engine Oil Change on Honda CBR600RR

    One of the biggest concerns for any superbike owner is getting it serviced properly. I have a hard time leaving my bike at a service centre because several bad thoughts come to my mind like what if he overfills the oil?, what if he overtightens the drain plug? etc etc. Therefore, I prefer to do simple things like oil change myself and It probably takes 40-50 mins max. So, this is how I do it-

    Things Required- 2.75-litre engine oil, Oil filter, 15mm socket or spanner, Oil catch pan, Allen key, and some rags

    Step-1) Remove the right side lower fairing by unscrewing 5 Allen screw.
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    Step-2) I didn't have the oil catch pan so I had to think of something creative. I took an old 5-litre jerry can, laid it sideways and cut out the top part using a knife. The old oil can be easily poured into a container by undoing the cap of this makeshift oil pan.
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    Step-3) Identify the drain plug and oil filter
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    Step-4) Place the oil catch pan below the drain plug and open the drain plug using a 15mm socket or a spanner as in my case. When the plug is loose then unscrew using hands to prevent it to dropping in the oil catch pan because finding it later will be a messy affair
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    Step-5) When you think that the oil has drained out from the engine, tilt the motorcycle to the right to ensure that oil pan is completely empty. Also, open the oil filler plug as it will help the old oil drain better by preventing the vacuum buildup. PS. Don't forget to place some rags or old newspaper on the floor if you don't want a scolding from your mom.
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    Step-6) After the oil is completely drained, next step is to remove the oil filter. Most of the aftermarket oil filters can be easily opened with a 16mm socket but, my bike had the Honda OEM filter that needs a special tool. Now, we Indians don't just buy a special tool. We use the power of jugaad; Pipe wrench in my case.
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    Step-7) Find your supply of fresh oil and oil filter. I used fully synthetic Shell Advance Ultra oil time just for experimenting since this oil is recommended for all modern Ducatis.
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    Step-8) Fit the new oil filter after pouring some fresh oil into it. Apply some oil on the outer gasket of the filter and just hand tighten it.
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    Step-9) Re-install the drain plug and fill up 2.75-litre of fresh engine oil.
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    Step-10) Finally, check the oil level from the inspection window. The level will drop slightly after starting the engine as it will take up space in the new oil filter. Start the engine for 10 minutes and check for any leakage from the drain plug and the oil filter. Now, shut off the engine and recheck oil level after 5 mins. If everything is good then reinstall the fairing.

    I know It's better to have proper tools for working on any machine but, like in my case, most of the people won't be having them. However, the job needs to be done by hook or crook.
    Last edited by Hyperwheelz; 28-06-16, 06:42 PM.

  • #2
    Hyperwheelz This is a very informative post! There's nothing like some good old homegrown lovin' when it comes to maintenance. You know Dr. Arun Thareja, right? He knows a mechanic who deals with superbikes. Apparently the guy is really good, it seems. I always wondered how people maintain imported machines. By the way, what grade of fuel do you use?
    Keep the rubber side down!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Hyperwheelz View Post
      Step-7) Find your supply of fresh oil and oil filter. I used fully synthetic Shell Advance Ultra oil time just for experimenting since this oil is recommended for all modern Ducatis.
      Question: Where do you source parts from for the Honda CBR600RR? Where can one pick up things like filters and brake pads from, especially for bikes that are not part of the mainstream in India?
      Drink coffee and drive!

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      • #4
        Brilliant thread Hyperwheelz, it's nice to see people work on their own machines - better still if it is on a superbike as nice as your CBR600RR. I like the jugaad you used - pipe wrench FTW! Also, how much does the specialised oil-filter removing tool cost?
        Be nice

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Praveen View Post
          Hyperwheelz
          This is a very informative post! There's nothing like some good old homegrown lovin' when it comes to maintenance. You know Dr. Arun Thareja, right? He knows a mechanic who deals with superbikes. Apparently the guy is really good, it seems. I always wondered how people maintain imported machines. By the way, what grade of fuel do you use?
          There are many local garages in Delhi/NCR region for Superbikes. However, I only take my motorcycle there for some complex work or something that would require lot of man hour. Frankly, It's not that difficult to maintain these bikes. In fact, maintain a Classic 500 is more difficult than maintaining any Japanese superbike. As for the fuel, I just fill her up with 91 octane. The manual says that it can take normal fuel also and the knock sensor will self-adjust the firing order.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Roshun View Post
            Question: Where do you source parts from for the Honda CBR600RR? Where can one pick up things like filters and brake pads from, especially for bikes that are not part of the mainstream in India?
            The consumable items like brake pads and oil filter are readily available at several shops in Delhi like Redline Racing Store in Mansarover Garden and KRP in Naraina. However, I now prefer to import these items from UK at they get delivered right at my doorstep and there are multiple brands to choose from.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MotuSid View Post
              Brilliant thread Hyperwheelz, it's nice to see people work on their own machines - better still if it is on a superbike as nice as your CBR600RR. I like the jugaad you used - pipe wrench FTW! Also, how much does the specialised oil-filter removing tool cost?
              Thank you. Last time I checked, the oil-filter tool was available for around Rs. 2000. Easier solution is to just buy any oil-filter that has 17mm nut attached.

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