Changing Oil

Changing oil

KTM Enduros normally need oil change every 3000 km or every year. Living in Hong Kong it is hard to get 3000 km in so time to change oil anyway despite only doing 1700 km. What we need are a few basic things:

  • 2 litres of oil, well 1.7 to be exact. Either 10W/60 or /50. I usually go for the /60 since I live in a hot climate and it means it is not getting to thin.
  • 2 filters, one long and one short
  • 8 o-rings, 2 big, 2 middle size and 4 small
  • 1 big cloth i.e. old t-shirt
  • 13 mm and 8 mm sockets

To get cracking first remove the skid plate:

Then get to the tools we need: One 13 mm and one 8mm socket

Now when we have the tools we need we can start the engine. The reason for this is to get the oil moving freely and I let it idle to 3-4 bars are shown on the dash which take 5 mins or so. The bolts to start with are on the left hand side under the gear shift lever.

Start with the magnetic drain plug on the back. This will spit out most of the oil.

Second go for the oil screen. Same 13 mm socket and pretty simple to get out.

Remove the oil filter on the left side and pull it out. Also put some cloth in the holes not to spill to much oil.

Repeat the same steps on the right hand side: that is remove the oil screen at bottom and the oil filter.

Pull out the filter on the right side.

Collect all the screens, plugs and filter on one side. Then drain some fuel to use to clean the oil screens.

Dry up plugs and screens and install the cleaned up ones.

Use a small screwdriver to remove the o-rings on the screens.

Save the o-rings in case you need some spare ones later on.

Watch out for spies sitting in the corner:

Get your new oil. Lubricate all rubber parts as you put the filters and screens back. Pour in 1.7 litres of oil to finish up.

Fire up the bike and let it idle for a bit. Within about 5 seconds the oil warning light should go out.

Raise the bike up to stand balanced and check the oil level. Should have sufficient amount and there should be no leaks.

Put the skid plate back and the bike is ready to rock and roll for another session.

As a memory this is the meter settings:


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