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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Oil change

Hows it going the new season has begun and obvious I need to change the oil on the vn750. My question is what oil does the bike use and how much? I don't have an owner manual and I bought the bike last september so I didnt have to change the oil b/c the previous owner just did. Anyway besides that what does everyone else change in the beginning of a new season besides oil? thanks in advance this is greatly appreciated.

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From Walmart I got a gallon jug of Shell 15w-40 Rotella T one oil
and a Supertech st7317 oil filter

My local walmart had plenty of both in-stock this past Sunday, guess they are gearing up for the spring rush.

Your bike will use most of that jug, a little will be left, fill up the filter and put some oil around the rubber before putting it back on.

I drained the oil on the center stand using the center drain, then I took the bike off the center stand and used the left side drain and fully drained the bike while on the side stand, check the screen that is in that drain for any pieces of metal or shavings and put it back in exactly as it came out.

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post #3 of 40 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 11:49 AM
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Welcome to the Forum, Ian!!!...

Since you're new to the scene here, where are you located (city, state)?

What year model is your bike? What is the bike's mileage? Is this your first bike? Second? Or what?

How long have you been riding?

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welcome to the madness!

the vulcan 750 uses about 3-4 qts of 10w-40 oil. but a lot of people on here use Shell 15w-40 Rotella T one oil and like it.
as for what else should be changed? I would say it's more like what should be checked! read the The Vulcan Verses! this will help you out BIG TIME on what you should first check out on a "new to you" vulcan 750.
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Welcome to the group. Make sure that the old oil filter gasket comes off with the filter.
I use 20/50 castrol.

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Welcome to the group. Make sure that the old oil filter gasket comes off with the filter.
I use 20/50 castrol.
does the 20/50 work better in the hot texas sun? than 15-40?

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I really don't see any real difference. I am just used to using heavier oil in hot weather. As a matter of fact I use it all yr round.

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Here's a thread about changing the oil. It's pretty easy, even for non-wrenches (like me).

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6050

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check the age on your tires, its in the verses how. also clean oil is crucial for stator longevity and is an easy change. battery water level is vital and recommended buying a maintenence free agm battery as our bikes are juice whores!
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I live in AZ (hotter than TX), and only use 20w50 in everything. It doesn't matter what brand you use, just use 20w50 (or 10w40 if it is REALLY cold) and change it often. You'll be just fine. I also use Emgo filters, $6 each from denniskirk.com, and if you order enough of them, or something else, you get free shipping and no tax. I only change my filter every other oil change, but I do remove it and pour out the dirty oil. Jerry.

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