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    Easy tip to not spill oil when doing a gearbox oil change.

    Hi.
    Being a new owner, I do not have a lot to contribute on the technical side. The internet covers most topics already.

    Having said that, I did a partial service of the bike over the last few days, and I did do one thing that seemed simpler than the Youtube videos of the world. Even so, I am sure this has been done before too, but I thought to post it anyway.

    For draining the gearbox oil without spilling a drop.
    I am in the middle of a house remodel and pulled some 1.5" pvc with a 90 degree end from the pile.
    It was PERFECT for draining the gearbox oil without spilling a drop. I could even tie it there with a zip tie and walk away from it.

    I also keep a cap from a quart oil bottle with a hose barb on it. I can fill anything, anytime, anywhere with that. It takes up very little space in the tool kit.

    What I did.
    Front wheel axle seals (with fresh grease) and flip the spacer around.
    Engine oil and filter.
    Air filter.
    Gearbox oil.
    Final drive drain, flush once and new oil.
    Driveshaft lubrication and molybdenum grease both ends.

    It went back together with no screws left over or anything.


    Over the winter I will do the valve clearances, sync the throttle bodies, brakes and brake fluid, and anything else I find along the way or is in the book.


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    Nice solution, but it's really best to use the proper tool.

    What you really need is a pie.

    Go to the store and buy a pie. I prefer apple, cherry or chocolate cream, but doesn't matter what flavor, so get something you like.
    Eat the entire pie.
    You now have a nice piece of heavy aluminum foil that can shaped into a disposable funnel to direct the gear oil into your drain pan.
    When the job is finished the foil goes in the trash and you don't have a messy pipe sitting around the garage.
    The next time you change the oil, you have another opportunity to eat pie.
    Larry
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    Nice solution, but it's really best to use the proper tool.

    What you really need is a pie.

    Go to the store and buy a pie. I prefer apple, cherry or chocolate cream, but doesn't matter what flavor, so get something you like.
    Eat the entire pie.
    You now have a nice piece of heavy aluminum foil that can shaped into a disposable funnel to direct the gear oil into your drain pan.
    When the job is finished the foil goes in the trash and you don't have a messy pipe sitting around the garage.
    The next time you change the oil, you have another opportunity to eat pie.
    Brilliant….and delicious


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    Won't work for me.
    My best friend's Wife makes me apple pie in a glass dish.

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    mmmm, pie
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    Boxplyer showed me this one. Use a hair die bottle for the rear gear oil. It is graduated in mL and is easy to pour with.

    https://www.amazon.com/Applicator-ap...3360077&sr=8-5
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsconver View Post
    Boxplyer showed me this one. Use a hair die bottle for the rear gear oil. It is graduated in mL and is easy to pour with.

    https://www.amazon.com/Applicator-ap...3360077&sr=8-5
    That's the same type of bottle I use for the final drive.
    The slant tip works better than the straight tip I used in the past.
    With the slant tip it's easy to get all the oil out of the bottle.
    I also like it better than a syringe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    That's the same type of bottle I use for the final drive.
    The slant tip works better than the straight tip I used in the past.
    With the slant tip it's easy to get all the oil out of the bottle.
    I also like it better than a syringe.

    Final Drive Oil.JPG
    If you are doing the final drive oil you should pull the wheel and lube the splines and insure they are not rusted. No need for aluminum foil then.
    Shawn Conver
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    2011 R1200RT, 2018 Cummins 2500, 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsconver View Post
    If you are doing the final drive oil you should pull the wheel and lube the splines and insure they are not rusted. No need for aluminum foil then.
    I normally do the final drive oil the same time as a tire change so the tire is not in the way.
    I had henzilla change our rear tires in Texas and waited until we returned home to change the final drive oil.
    Lee
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2016 R1200RS, 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    There are many ways to skin a cat and it's interesting to see all the different ways we come up with. To drain the transmission oil without spilling some and/or dropping the drain bolt in the funnel I cut a piece of expanded steel and jammed it in the ordinary plastic funnel. The expanded steel catches the drain bolt and allows oil to flow through. The funnel jams into place and holds position hands-free to catch the oil and direct it into the catch pan.

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    Dave

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