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Old 09-08-2006, 08:05 PM   #1
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DRZ400S oil change

Gonna do the 600mile service on my new DRZ. Do I need to check/clean the oil screen? I dont have a shop manual. How do I get the oil screen out and back in. Any special tools or materials needed? I have changed oil on several bikes but never had to deal with an oil screen. All tips appreciated--Thanks--Carl
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:10 PM   #2
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You "should" clean that oil screen but every time I have removed mine it has been clean as can be. Most important thing is to remember to drain the oil from both the engine and the frame. If you just pull the engine plug you will only change part of your oil.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:20 PM   #3
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On my first oil change, I found quite a bit of debris on the screen. Probably from welding the frame together....glad I cleaned it.

After about the 3rd change, the screen started coming out clean. Now I only remove the screen every 3rd change. Still no stuff but it's easy to and give you some piece of mind.

Nothing special tool wise, its just a large banjo bolt and a hose clamp at the other end....takes just a moment or two.

Also the filter are has it's own little drain bolt. Take a look at the right side case and follow the buldge from the oil filter down. You'll see a bolt at the bottom. Its a nice feature that means you don't have oil running down the side when you remove the filter cover.

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Old 09-08-2006, 08:23 PM   #4
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.....and make certain you check the valve clearances.....

.....and quite a few DRZs have been found rather lacking in grease in the steering head bearings and also the swingarm pivots and rear suspension linkage.....yank it apart and grease away.

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Old 09-09-2006, 06:01 AM   #5
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Ray--would you walk me through the process of removing and replacing the oil screen? I dont have a shop manual or any diagrams and, DAMHIK, things have a way of getting more complicated than need be!!--Thanks--Carl
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Old 09-09-2006, 06:16 AM   #6
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You don't sound like the kind of guy that is very experienced in maintenance to a motorcycle other than changing oil and filters (or I am terribly wrong).

Take it to the shop, the 600 mile service is maybe the most important service in the bikes life. You just paid thousands of dollars for it.
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Old 09-09-2006, 07:40 AM   #7
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Sure Carl,

It's pretty straight forward but first consider MaxKool's advice.

Check with your dealer. Many will not cover warrantee claims unless THEY perform the first service.

The first service from a competent shop should include

Oil/Filter change
Air filter clean and reoil
spoke tension check
chain tension check and lube
tire pressure check
...most importantly...valve clearance check and adjust
coolant level and thermostat check
general safety check including all lights, horn, brakes steering head play etc.

This is not work that the service guys are "paid" to do so they tend to be fast and try to cut a few corners. I find that getting in the early AM, asking to watch and bringing a box of doughnuts or something helps tremendously....they're human too.

Have you done mechanical work before? Do you have your own tools? Doing an oil change with the "tools" that come with the bike is possible....maybe....but not practical. The oil screen plug is either a 22 or 24 mm and takes a bit of care to get the right wrench over the header and onto the plug.

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Old 09-09-2006, 01:24 PM   #8
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OMG!!!! DRZ 400 people!!!! I thought I was lost there for a second!!! I've never checked the screen myself. Always forget to. Am I in any trouble for not doing that?? It would really pay off to get yourself a shop manual. Check eBay or get one from a repair manuals website. I got a KLR 400 one from Kawasaki for around $40.
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Old 09-09-2006, 01:36 PM   #9
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I wouldn't be too concerned about it. The Suzuki recommendation is clean it at the first oil change and then the first change after a rebuild. It's not something you do every oil change.
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Old 09-09-2006, 01:39 PM   #10
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OMG!!!! DRZ 400 people!!!! I thought I was lost there for a second!!! I've never checked the screen myself. Always forget to. Am I in any trouble for not doing that??
I checked the screen on mine once, and it was spotless.

Then I sold the bike to MotoJoe, and he blew it up.
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:09 PM   #11
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Ray --Thanks for the info. If the valves need to be checked, I will have the 600 mile done by the dealer. According to the tiny manual that comes with the bike, valves dont need to be checked at 600 miles, but I have heard that it is adviseable, so it will be done. I actually have done some maintainance over the years, but as I get older, I like dont like surprises, and they do occur!! So I did not do the oil and filter today. Instead I installed a Thumpertalk bash plate, TT case guards and Flatland radiator guards. All went well, only a few leftover parts! Next I will clean up the ugly butt. Thanks again--Carl
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Old 09-09-2006, 08:01 PM   #12
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Ray --Thanks for the info. If the valves need to be checked, I will have the 600 mile done by the dealer. According to the tiny manual that comes with the bike, valves dont need to be checked at 600 miles, but I have heard that it is adviseable, so it will be done. I actually have done some maintainance over the years, but as I get older, I like dont like surprises, and they do occur!! So I did not do the oil and filter today. Instead I installed a Thumpertalk bash plate, TT case guards and Flatland radiator guards. All went well, only a few leftover parts! Next I will clean up the ugly butt. Thanks again--Carl
Have the valves checked when the first service is done and record the clearances. Keep these for reference to see if the valves move, so do move some dont. Mine have not moved in 12000 miles.
Install a manual cam chain tensioner from thumper talk, the oem one has too much tension and will strech the cam chain at a rapid rate.
The first oil change that I done there was some metal in the screen but has been clean ever since the inital oil change.
Shawn.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:56 AM   #13
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Please can someone tell me where to locate the oil screen. Changed the oil etc but need to check the oil screen.
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