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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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03 VTX 1800 S ok I keep hearing that there are 2 drain plugs, to fully drain the oil ? Is this so ? Also do yall recommend full synthetic or regular oil, I'm a do it yourself guy, change my own oil in cars, but hadn't before on my bike, all you experienced people please help out a fellow biker. Thanks in advance.
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03 VTX 1800 S ok I keep hearing that there are 2 drain plugs, to fully drain the oil ? Is this so ? Also do yall recommend full synthetic or regular oil, I'm a do it yourself guy, change my own oil in cars, but hadn't before on my bike, all you experienced people please help out a fellow biker. Thanks in advance.
YES. GET DOWN there and LOOK! Or at the very least FEEL. When I switched to Mobil 1 4T Racing synth 10W40, my shifting became noticeably smoother.
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Both drain holes are for engine oil. You do have 2 drain plugs, but only one filler, and that gets 10W40 motor oil. The gear case and crank case are shared. Others can elaborate on why 2 oil drain plugs, but do drain both for optimal results.


Not all bikes are the same so it's good you asked.



You can download a service manual here;
https://www.dropbox.com/s/k4lqm7s1xs...20ENG.pdf?dl=1
or here;
https://www.dropbox.com/s/v8prpalbv0...1800r.pdf?dl=1


And owners manual for a '02C;
https://www.dropbox.com/s/w7tz8duj4t...anual.pdf?dl=1


Some have a different requirement for engine and transmission, and some have engine, transmission, and primary, like my Harley.


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yep

2 drain plugs

download a HONDA service manual... its around here... FREE...

for ME.. full synthetic motor oil.. in everything since 1974....

remember NON Energy Conserving ... to save your clutch...
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It’s been recommended that u straddle the bike and rock side to side to make sure empty.....good luck
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Front drain for the dry sump, about a cup of oil will drain out.

Rear drain is the reservoir which is below the transmission gears. About 3.5 to 3.75 quarts will drain out.

When the major oil has drained out, sit on the seat and hold the X upright to get more oil out.

Aluminum crush washers are recommended to be changed. I rarely change mine. Do not use Gorilla strength...Gut an tight...

I prefill my oil filters, less oil light time and oil is where it is needed quicker.
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Gut an tight...
I think you meant the German precision torque spec "guten tight".

FWIW, punch a hole in the bottom of the filter and let it drain out at the same time so that there is no mess when you unscrew it.

Here are the illustrations with location of the drain plugs and the filter itself:
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Yes you have 2 drain bolts. I use T6 Rotella.
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