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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-31-2006, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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is it bad to change oil too often?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-31-2006, 12:21 PM
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on your pocket, should get your money's worth out of it.
2.5 - 3K miles depending on type of oil, conditions, ride style, etc.
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i cant imagine anything bad happening to an engine because of to often of oil changes. the only thing that is getting used up in engine oil is the protective package (additives to counter corrosion, additives that keep viscosity stable enough across the temp range, additives filling micro cavities in moving parts) and if you change your oil soon enough you basically dropping additive package that is still good.

i'd say very slight (almost only academic) benefit for the engine vs considerable expence for you.

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The only problem I see is the wear on the bolt(s) and other parts you remove to drain the oil.

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Its just fine the more the better I change mine every 1500 to 2000 mi. The reason is because of the shear factor . Which is when oil goes through the crank shaft and the rod bearings an cam shaft lifters etc.etc. It is being sliced and squashed constantly this breaks down the oils viscosity.Leaving the oil thinner to the point where it does not lubricate as well as new oil would. So change it as often as possible.
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Besides adding to the used oil supply it will not hurt the bike. Often is a matter of opinion, if you change every 2000 but only go 2000 miles per year that is one thing. Do a internet search on oils used in motorcylces and look up used oil analysis and see what you come up with. Some oils break down in a couple a thousand miles while other ones can go 5-6 thousand or longer, besides breakdown filtration is the most important thing. The best oil in the world does you no good if you use a crappy filter, reaearch those on the internet also.
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