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 Post subject: Sportsman Oil change
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:34 am 
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I was about to do an oil change on the bike today... There is all this extra info about how to do this in the manual... draining, priming... etc.

Can I not just drain the oil and install a new filter? Seems a bit more complicated than anything I've come across before. I usually get the shop to do this, maybe that's why?

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 Post subject: Re: Sportsman Oil change
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:45 pm 
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Because it is a dry sump engine, a proper oil change requires draining the oil tank as well as the pump sump in the bottom of the engine.
The oil pump has to be primed (or verified that it has not lost its prime) exactly as stated in the manual.
I should not have to mention what will happen to your engine if the oil pump does not pump any oil.

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 Post subject: Re: Sportsman Oil change
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:00 pm 
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the sportsman 500 is defo a complicated bike too do a oil change on the first time and like Darebee said, any faltering from the correct procedure can result in some nasty sounds and the end of your season riding.

just follow the service manual and you will become a service tech in a cpl of oil changes!!

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 Post subject: Re: Sportsman Oil change
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:49 pm 
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What if you drained the main reservoir and replace the oil filter only!!
Would you still need to worry about losing the prime?
Any input would be great....

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 Post subject: Re: Sportsman Oil change
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:07 am 
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On my old 500 I used to just drain the oil and refill. I doubt that the amount in the sump pump is much to worry about. It's your call though.


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 Post subject: Re: Sportsman Oil change
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:22 am 
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The only time you need to do a prime is if you remove the screen from the reservoir. if you just drain the tank and change the filter there is till oil in the bottom of the engine about a cup or two of oil when refilling you will have to make sure you do not overfill. to remove the remaining oil in engine there is a drain plug which is hard to get at an easy solution to this is to drain the tank leave the oil filter on leave drain plug for tank out remove spark plug wire crank over for a few seconds you will see more oil drain from tank do this process a few times and all oil from engine base will be drained. Now if your using the oil change kit from the dealer when you add the oil it will be the correct amount. Hope this helps.

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