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Well, I changed my oil today. I used the side drain plug, and I reached in to pull out the screen washer, etc and I had some trouble getting the screen to come out. Turns out, the screen was attached to the rubber base by just a bit of screen material. The end of the screen, a metal "cap" or end was still still in the drain. I fished it out and felt around but I think I got everything. I tore the screen off the rubber base, and put the rubber base back in, the wash, spring, etc. So two questions:

First, what in the world tore the screen up like that, and 2, will it be alright to ride the bike without the screen in for a while? I checked the screen and didn't see any metal flakes or shavings, so other than the messed up screen, it all looks good.
 

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Although I'm not sure what year your bike is, the most likely culprit is age.
Good news is it's not expensive.
Ron Ayers has the fine mesh brass screen listed
Part Number: 16097-1058
Description: FILTER-ASSY-OIL
Source: KAWASAKI
Price: $8.40
Someone has mentioned before that it should be replaced every 20,000 miles or so. It does protect the oil pump and engine from those bits of gasket, metal shavings etc. when they do show up. It's much easier checking the screen then sifting through the used oil. Also it's a very good heads up indicator that there is a problem when you do find them on the screen. Can you run without it? Sure, but I wouldn't suggest doing it past your next oil change.
 

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Thanks. I'll probably be changinge the oil in a month or less, and plan to order the screen this Tuesday, but I just wanted to see about running the bike in the mean time.
 

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Well, I got a new screen on the way. Here's a question about oil

Look for the API symbol on the bottle. You do NOT want one that says "Energy Conserving" in the bottom half circle.
Kaw recommends 10W-40. DO NOT use any oil that says "Energy Conserving" or "Friction Modifiers" - most 10W-30 oils are this type and therefore NOT recommended for our bikes. I'm not sure about the 5W-30, but I would use either 10W-40 or 15W-40.
So I can use the SJ, SM, etc oils that are 10W40 as long as they don't say "engergy conserving" in the donut? I'm trying to find a cheaper oil, as the dealership sells oil at 10 bucks a quart. Its probably some high performance or something, but thats still a lot of money to buy oil.
 

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GULP!!!! $10 a quart...lol, just got done running castrol synthetic in mine 10w40 and ran fine at $5 a bottle. read somewhere that syns dont cool as well as reg dino oil, so i will be using GTX10w40 next go round and see how it runs.... btw you know bout the wet clutch right. that is the reason for picky oil. I think shell rotella is very common place for our bikes... may wanna start new thread for more response, or read some old ones
 

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btw.... i use a purolator filter, best on market from pep boys... wanna say its the same as the one for the kia. i can double check if you wanna know
 

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Went to the Ron Ayers website because I also needed oil screen. Only $8 for the screen but $8 for shipping. Maybe I am to cheap(all my friends say I am) but that seems steep.
 

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Yeah,it does. Some take the opportunity though, to also order the really cheap things you need every now and then, like o-rings, washers or specialty screws or anything else that's not readily available locally.
 

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it was 12 bucks or so at my dealership. But since shipping is free and takes about 2 days to get here, I decided to save some money on shipping and save time and have it here pronto. I suppose though if one needed a large order and didn't need it especially quickly, Ron could get you a pretty good deal
 
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