- 3L of 10W40 Synthetic or 10W40 Motorcycle Oil
- KN-133 Oil Filter or FRAM CH6000 Oil Filter
- socket wrench
- 17mm socket
- 10mm socket
- small pick, screwdriver, or a knife
- oil catch pan
- torque wrench
- gloves (optional)
- funnel (optional)
- anti-seize lubricant (optional)
- carpet scrap to lay on (optional)
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1) Start by getting the bike on the center stand. You could do it on the side-stand, but it’s easier to get an oil level reading on the center stand. The oil also drains out more completely.
2) Loosen the three bolts holding the oil filter cover on with the 10mm socket. Start with the bottom one, so the oil doesn’t drain onto the exhaust pipes
3) Use the 17mm wrench to remove the oil drain bolt
4) Loosen the oil dipstick to allow the oil to drain out more easily
5) Remove the oil cover and filter
6) Inspect and replace the cover o-ring. My oil filter came with a new one (KN-133).
7) Install the new filter
The old and new filter:
8) Put the cover back on the oil filter. I also added some anti-seize on the nuts to make them easy to remove. Apparently, these nuts strip easily, so be careful putting them back on. Use a torque wrench and tighten them to 60 inch/lbs. (note: INCH/lbs not Ft/lbs)
9) Replace oil drain bolt and torque to 16 Ft/lbs
10) Add about 2.8L of 10W40 Motorcycle Oil. I do not run full synthetic in the GS500. Using a full synthetic in this bike could cause the clutch to slip under load. Run the bike for a few minutes and check the dip stick again. Add oil until the F mark is reached. The difference between the L and F is about a full liter.
11) Go for a ride and then enjoy a cold beverage!
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