How to Use S&S Cycle’s Oil Change Kit

Motorcycle maintenance tech

Lets face it: Most of us ride our motorcycles to the point where things wear down, come loose, or, worse, break down. Did you know there is a gauge that measures your final drive belt for stretch? How about checking the rear shift arm that attaches to the transmission shifter shaft? Did you know they could come loose from vibration and wallow out the arm, causing no shift conditions. Did you check to see that the bolts on the front fork are tight? How about the rear swingarm? Wheel bearings, brake pads, rotors, brake fluid level and condition, loose bars, horn, lights (especially brake light), tire pressure, and more. These are just the basics, folks, but sometimes they are often overlooked. There are many safety precautions that need to be checked, rechecked, and triple checked. We thought we would go over some of the basic maintenance items.

Changing the oil is probably one of the most common services done to your motorcycle, so we grabbed one of S&S’s Oil Change Kits and headed to Pops Hot Rod Garage in Oceanside, California, to pour the new lifeblood into a ’12 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. For this oil change we used S&S full synthetic 20w50 oil (# 310-0285) and filter (# 31-4104) Chrome or (# 31-4103) black for ’99–later Harley-Davidson Big Twin models. S&S claims that its Premium Synthetic engine oil reduces engine wear and lowers oil temperatures, providing consistent viscosity, and resisting thermal breakdown and oxidation at elevated temperatures. Available in cases of 12 one-quart bottles and in S&S oil change kits with four quarts of oil and a premium oil filter.

ss cycle oil change kit how to

The full kit all ready to go.

Photo: Wes Drelleshak

ss cycle oil change kit how to

A simple piece of cardboard can be cupped and placed below the oil filter to help reduce oil from getting everywhere.

Photo: Wes Drelleshak

ss cycle oil change kit how to

Over-tightening the drain plug can ruin an aluminum oil pan. A Harley-Davidson replacement oil pan can cost an arm and a leg! Engine oil drain plug torque is around 14 to 21 pound-feet.

Photo: Wes Drelleshak

ss cycle oil change kit how to

The proper way to pour oil is with the oil opening toward the top of the bottle as shown. A simple funnel helps reduce oil hitting the engine. We know it’s not rocket science, but some of you don’t feel like you can handle even the simplest task, so we’re here to show you how easy it is.

Photo: Wes Drelleshak

Source

S&S Cycle

(866) 244-2673

Pops Hot Rod Garage

(760) 231-9274