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post #1 of 11 Old 04-28-2009, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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oil change on a 2003 zx12r

hey im changing my oil tomorrow i have k&n filter & oil... is there any short cuts or tricks i should know about dose anyone have a manual i can download 4 free... thanks 4 your help
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-28-2009, 06:37 PM
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fill filter with oil before fitting. this helps prime pump when starting engine with fresh oil.
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-28-2009, 07:22 PM
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yes, prime the new filter with fresh oil - just enough to really soak the filter media. Too much and you'll make a big mess putting it on.
And, on my 03, on the sidestand, I do not have to remove any plastics other than the lower-inner (black behind the front wheel). Believe it or not, when i slowly unscrew the filter, the old oil drains right through the little shark looking "gills" on the left fairing. I shit you not - not one drip on the plastics.

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Yeah the 00-01 models didn't have those gills I think, can't do it with my bike. I take the left lower off, but it's not too bad...I'd rather see things and make sure hoses and other stuff is in place while I am at it (non oil change related...)...

Just be sure to warm the engine a good bit, I usually let mine run for a few minutes until the stator cover is just barely "hot to the touch" (not enough to burn, but really warm). Find a good low profile drain pan (Autozone has the drain/storage combos that work well..), slip it under the plug hole and wrench that sucker off.


Maybe for the next oil change, may I recommend Mobil 1 Racing 4T synthetic...I know others on here swear by other stuff, but I trust M1...There's a reason Corvettes come from the factory with it...

Throw in a little Lucas Oil stabilizer (5% of total oil put in...which is usually 3 QTs, so do the math cause i suck at it..). It helps to keep the oil from draining down into the pan when the bike sits for extended time periods (can be a problem with full synthetics)..It's helped me milk a stock 2000 clutch to 10,000 miles when a lot of them went out around 2,000....

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2007-8 Honda Civic oil filter holds more oil. S2000 filter holds even more:) I recently switched from reg car Mobil1 to Shell Rotella T syn. 5w40. The old girl seems to shift a little better with Shell.
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Thanks 4 your help... the last owner put the oil filter on so tighti had to remove the side plastic just to get it off nothing would work but it's done the correct way now... I don't know why 4 the life of me why people have to put a filter on so tight that i couldn't get it off by hand

The k&n filter is so nice next time is going to be a brezzzzzz

Thanks again 4 all of your help

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Hi, I have recently got a 2003 ZX-12R that's carbureted. Would someone please tell me the best oil to use??? I see various different types, and then synthetic or non? Thanks

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Hi, I have recently got a 2003 ZX-12R that's carbureted.
Goy any pics of these carburetors?
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hey im changing my oil tomorrow i have k&n filter & oil... is there any short cuts or tricks i should know about dose anyone have a manual i can download 4 free... thanks 4 your help
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Thanx Dave.


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