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First oil change question

I usually plan to make my first touring trip in April and I like to get my basic maintenance done in March. Since I just picked up my 2009 C50 last summer, this will be the first time for this bike. I like to pick up my parts and supplies in advance so they're on hand when a nice day pops up...I have to do all my maintenance on the street.

Oil change first. I have a few questions...

Oil: I'm planning on using Rotella T6 Full Synth 5W50 since I already have it on hand and it worked nicely on my previous bikes. Am I good to go?

Filter: Here's the real problem. Any recommendations (not Fram ) on a specific manufacturer and filter number? Something I can find at my local Autozone, Advance Auto, or O'Reillys...Even Amazon? I did due diligence in my searching, but some of the info I found is out of date and the filters are unavailable. I liked using Purolator Pure1 on my last bike, but I'm finding conflicting info on sizing. It looks like PUROLATOR ML6818 will do the job, but I can't find them anywhere.

I'm assuming there is a crush washer on the drain plug. If so, what's the size?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

PS: I have to remove the gas tank to change the plugs? Gah!
I'll look that one up later.


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Type of oil is just personal preference. Why not just order OEM filters of Amazon. I don't think the manufacturer would put on something that would be bad for it. Also if you buy in bulk, i.e., 10-12 you could find a better price and you'll always have them on hand when you need.

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No, you do not have to remove the tank in order to change the plugs. I just take the bolt out at the back of the tank and pull the tank back a bit. Then put something under the back of the tank high enough so that you can get at the chrome covers below the tank. (One on each side of the tank) Just take one bolt out (front one) and back off the other one enough so that you can swing the cover back out of the way. That will give you enough room to get at the plugs . That is what i do and it works. Just make sure that the back of the tank rest solid enough at the bottom and keep a eye on it. . If you have someone near by to keep a eye on it helps, just in case but i never found it a problem.


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I used to get my Purolator filter from Pep Boys in Robinson.

As far as the oil goes, do not use the shell Rotella. I know a lot of people put it in their bikes and swear it works, but it doesn't. It is dangerously thin oil and these engines have a hard enough time with lubrication as it is. If you insist on running synthetic, then go to WalMart and get the red cap 15w50 full synthetic (It is about $26 for a gallon).
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No, you do not have to remove the tank in order to change the plugs... henry
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I used to get my Purolator filter from Pep Boys in Robinson.

As far as the oil goes, do not use the shell Rotella. I know a lot of people put it in their bikes and swear it works, but it doesn't. It is dangerously thin oil and these engines have a hard enough time with lubrication as it is. If you insist on running synthetic, then go to WalMart and get the red cap 15w50 full synthetic (It is about $26 for a gallon).
There's a Pep Boys not too far from me, and I've been a big fan of Purolator filters. Thanks.

As far as the oil goes, No, I don't insist on anything...I just want to do what's best for the bike. I had used, by recommendation, the Rotella on my previous rides, but if my C50 works better with something else, I'm up for it.

I know it was lost at the end of my original post, but does anyone know about the crush washer size (if there is one)? I still have some left over from my last motorcycle, but I'm not sure they will fit.


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change my oil every 2k...so far have riden over 200k in the 14 years I have been riding...never used a crush washer yet and never had a problem. And hand tighten filter only.

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walmart brand 20 w 50 change every 2500 miles no problem

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The recommended oil for the C50 is 10w40 MC (meaning no friction modifiers in the blend). The optional oil for the C50 is 20w50. The only caveat being 20w50 is not recommended for use below 14*f. I don't know that many people willing to ride in those temps, but you never know. For the C50, I ran 15w50 Mobil1. For the CTX, I run whatever is on sale 10w40.

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and when you change the oil filter, make sure the gasket comes off with it

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What Rob 61 said. The filter gasket does not always come off when removing the old filter. So make sure when taking the old filter off that the gasket comes with it. If not, it will be stuck on the engine side. I had it happen to me with the first oil change. What a mess, as i had oil all over the driveway after starting the engine up after the oil change. Good thing i did not hit the road or my engine would have been ruined on my brand new Boulevard. Now i always make sure the old gasket is off and after the oil change i let the engine run and then make sure there is no leak. A ounce of prevention, well you know the rest. lol.


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