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    Question Diy oil change for 2014 gsw

    DIYers Anyone change their oil in their 2014 GSW (just a quick aside, when I first saw GSW I thought what does gun shot wound have to do with BMW -lol!) ? I searched for a thread but to no avail.

    Looks straight forward remove skid/bash plate unscrew drain plug and filter. Replace, replenish fluids.
    Any links or photos appreciated. I enjoy reading technical material.

    I used a posting from here to adjust the valves on my 2008 R1200R.
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    New sealing ring on drain plug I imagine.
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    I did my own and it was as you suspected very straightforward. I used the BMW synthetic oil as required and an OEM filter that came with washers as normal. The oil filler cap uses the special tool that is incorporated in the screwdriver handle under the seat. You can't miss it as it one of only about three pieces called a tool kit haha.




    Quote Originally Posted by ghost man View Post
    DIYers Anyone change their oil in their 2014 GSW (just a quick aside, when I first saw GSW I thought what does gun shot wound have to do with BMW -lol!) ? I searched for a thread but to no avail.

    Looks straight forward remove skid/bash plate unscrew drain plug and filter. Replace, replenish fluids.
    Any links or photos appreciated. I enjoy reading technical material.

    I used a posting from here to adjust the valves on my 2008 R1200R.
    Thanks!

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    Here are the torque specs you need.

    Oil filter to crankcase:
    Lubricate sealing ring with engine oil
    11 Nm


    Oil drain plug to crankcase
    M20 x 1.5
    42 Nm
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    Thanks to All!!

    Hi Guys,
    Thank you!
    The video was good.
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    Oil Change Complete

    Hi All,
    Thanks for the input.
    Changed the oil & filter and final drive gear oil.
    All went well. Applied the torque values thanks.
    Did the reverse torque for the final drive plug. But of course I did not write it down.
    FYI 42 Nm equals 30.98 ft. lbs.

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    Oil drain plug in bevel gears

    M12 x 1
    20 Nm


    Oil filler plug to bevel gears

    M12 x 1.5
    20 Nm


    (20 Nm = 14.75ft.lbs.)
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    Thanks Emoto/Update

    Emoto thanks for the torque values.

    The oil change went well but the shifting was rough. Hmmm the only thing different was the fresh oil.
    So I checked the oil type in my manual it was the wrong oil a semi-syn and wrong viscosity.

    I did buy the oil at a BMW dealer (I was out of town. I did not have my manual) I had the counter person check twice and insure it was the correct oil and vis. He stated it was.
    He made a mistake as I did. Other wise he was very helpful and pleasant. I should've of asked to see a manual from a floor model and before changing the oil I should of checked my manual.

    Just changed it again this time as per the manual* to CASTROL Power RS Racing 4T 5W-40 from Amazon $7.41 a quart + shipping. The engine is quieter and shifts like butter.

    *The manual does state to use CASTROL Power 1 Racing 4T 5W-40 but that type is not listed on CASTROL's website the RS has the same ratings so I choose the RS. It did make a huge difference in the shifting and valve train noise.

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    Shell Rotella T6 is 5W-40 and is JASO MA rated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponch1 View Post
    Shell Rotella T6 is 5W-40 and is JASO MA rated.
    Have you tried it in a GSW?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emoto View Post
    Have you tried it in a GSW?
    Ah, here we go. As long as it meets the spec, it's good. BMW can't require a specific oil without having to pay for it, so they have to publish a specification. If their designs are that persnickety, then it's a bigger problem than most here would be willing to admit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponch1 View Post
    Shell Rotella T6 is 5W-40 and is JASO MA rated.
    This oil does not meet the spec published. For the GSW the manual calls for 5W-40 API SJ / JASO MA2

    I don't think Shell Rotella meets that spec. BTW, BMW isn't the only manuafacturer calling for this spec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8ridn2 View Post
    This oil does not meet the spec published. For the GSW the manual calls for 5W-40 API SJ / JASO MA2

    I don't think Shell Rotella meets that spec. BTW, BMW isn't the only manuafacturer calling for this spec.

    Your bike, your call.
    It's not the spec I have issues with, it's the idea that only a certain spec castrol can be used. T6 is JASO MA and SJ, but not MA2, so no, it would match that spec. I am sure other oils do.
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