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As part of the rehab on my 95 VN750 I am considering removing the starter to put in a rebuild kit. The manual tells me I need to drain the oil to do this. I was wondering if anyone knows if I can get away with just leaning the bike over on the side stand to get away without draining the oil similar to the procedure used to replace the clutch. The bike has fresh, expensive motorcycle oil in it and I hate to waste it if I dont have to...
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why dont you drain it into a clean container and reuse it?
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As part of the rehab on my 95 VN750 I am considering removing the starter to put in a rebuild kit. The manual tells me I need to drain the oil to do this. I was wondering if anyone knows if I can get away with just leaning the bike over on the side stand to get away without draining the oil similar to the procedure used to replace the clutch. The bike has fresh, expensive motorcycle oil in it and I hate to waste it if I dont have to...
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why dont you drain it into a clean container and reuse it?
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drain the oil into a clean drain pain, use a coffee filter to filter the oil as you put it back into the bike.
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Unlike everyone else, I just can't deal with the idea of putting oil back in the engine after draining it out. To much chance of contamination. But I do understand about the expensive oil. Could this wait until your next oil change?

Also would like more information about this "rebuild kit". A while back, I removed my starter, took it apart, and used 2 cans of contact cleaner to thoroughly clean everything. It was full of black stuff, but no oil. I did replace the o-ring between the starter and the engine. It worked noticeably better after that, but will need the brushes replaced eventually. Jerry.

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]Unlike everyone else, I just can't deal with the idea of putting oil back in the engine after draining it out. To much chance of contamination. But I do understand about the expensive oil.[/B] Could this wait until your next oil change?
If you wipe off the drain plug and the area close around it before draining the oil into a clean pan, then store it in a clean, sealable jug, what could possibly contaminate it bad enough to preclude pouring back in the crankcase. Even if you thought there might be a little dirt or dry grass clippings, etc. blown into the oil, stick a coffee filter in the funnel while refilling the engine, like slim suggested, and the oil will be just as clean as it was before draining it. JMHO

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The rebuild kit has all the bearings, and brushes...it sels on eBay for around 20-40 bucks depending on the vendor. I have looked into getting the kit, and it is on my list of parts to get b4 i ride this season.
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I rebuilt my starter years ago, don't remember draining the oil.

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I took mine off without draining the oil and it drained itself,,Live and Learn.

on another note be sure to check the commutator on your starter it may be out of round and pitted . Run your finger across the bars and feel for low spots where the brushes contacted it if it has low spots take your armarature to a starter shop and let them turn it back to round or if it is just shiny or pitted use emery cloth to clean it up or it will eat your new brushes in a hurry



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