2012 ZX14r (First Oil Change Questions)
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|04-09-2012, 10:18 AM||#1|
2012 ZX14r (First Oil Change Questions)
I am getting ready to do my first oil change, is it true that I have to take it to a dealership for the first oil change otherwise the warranty will be void or something?
this is what I plan on doing, please let me know if i can do anything better than this:
Currently (@ 350 miles) I am going to fill her with Vavoline 10W-40 motorcycle racing oil. At 1000 miles, ill switch to Mobile 1 10W-40 Racing 4T full motorcycle synthetic oil. I will avoid the regular "car" oils because some additives don't react well to motorcycle clutches--> is tht right? oh and here's the filter I plan on using: Purolator PL14612
Please let me know what you guys think. Thank you
|04-09-2012, 06:58 PM||#3|
From: Bismarck, ND
Joined: Oct 2002
You don't have to take it to the dealership for the 1st oil change. Do it yourself and save some money. It won't bother the warranty.
I've been using Mobil 1 4T for quite a few years now. It's getting to be too expensive. I put a post on bikeland yesterday about using Mobil 1 synthetic 10-40 car oil in my 2012 ZX-14R. It sounds like there are a lot of people using it. One guy even said he's been using it in his 2000 ZX-12R for years now and the bike has 55,000 miles on it. Some have been drag racing for years and have been using the car oil, with no clutch slippage. That's good enough for me.
|04-09-2012, 07:10 PM||#4|
I have been using Mobil 1, but the 4t Full synthetic in my 2004 ZX-12. I love it and have had 0 clutch slippage and I have 21,000 on my bike with the original factory clutch. And I do plenty of double clutch wheelies. But the void warranty is B.S. I never take my bike to the dealer, there are in business to take...ooops make money. Keep it in your pocket. With that 1441, you will need it for tires...LOL
|04-09-2012, 09:12 PM||#5|
This seems oddly familiar....
|04-14-2012, 11:53 PM||#6|
First oil change
I just did mine at 80 miles, since I use the "hard" break-in method.
Replaced the oil with good quality automotive oil, to complete the "break-in", and then will change it again at 500 miles with Kawasaki brand 20-50.
After that, normal 3000 mile interval.
|05-22-2012, 08:40 PM||#7|
Joined: Aug 2004
|05-30-2012, 10:53 PM||#8|
From: QLD AUSTRALIA
Joined: May 2012
I Ride: 2012 zx14R
cannot comment on warranty in the US but here in Australia the first service must be done by an accredited Kawasaki dealer to maintain warranty not sure after that.
On the oil subject I think we should use proper motorbike oil as the bike motors these days are under tremendous pressures at high revs especially high performance machines and the difference in the price of the right oil and cheaper automotive oil is not worth the risk to me anyway, and we pay more for the bike the oil and servicing than you in the US so you are lucky in that respect.Stay upright and arrive home safe.Cheers Mike
|06-05-2012, 05:42 PM||#9|
Joined: Jun 2012
|06-06-2012, 11:53 AM||#10|
Joined: Apr 2012
That's all a "motorcycle-only" oil is, anyway. It's just motor oil which lacks the friction modifiers needed to obtain the "energy conserving" rating.
|06-15-2012, 06:15 AM||#11|
Just changed my oil at 400 kms (236 miles for you USA guys), and put in the Kawasaki 20W50 by Motul. I will take the bike to the dealer for first 1000 km service, but felt it really needed a change at 400 kms. Oil was brown and there were bits in the filter... so it was well worth the measly $68 and 20 minutes of my time...
|07-09-2012, 05:36 PM||#12|
Is decent motorcycle oil so expensive that people are looking at using automotive oil? I mean.... why risk pioneering that ship. Motor oil is the cheapest things that we can do for our machines. Buy good motorcycle oil. Change the filter every time. I have tried different oil brands over the years (always used motorcycle oil) and find that the Kawasaki Brand of synth works well, as does their filter. Plus the dealer can look up and at least see that I have purchased enough oil to keep up with the basic required oil changes. I also change my oil more often that suggested. Like I said, it is a cheap pamper for our machines.
|07-09-2012, 05:54 PM||#13|
Since I'm overseas, I will probably just buy the 'motorcycle' labelled stuff from Motul or Mobil one.
|07-09-2012, 08:00 PM||#14|
FWIW, I started using Mobile 1 syn "car oil" in my 9r back in '95. It didn't affect the clutch and it didn't break down as fast as the bike oil. I've been using it in my 12r for the past 10 years, and I'll be be using it in my 14 after I've broke it in.
|07-09-2012, 11:02 PM||#15|
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