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    My new bike needs and oil change, what type should I use, how much, can I add Lucus? What do I need to know before I drain & fill?
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    Buy the cheapest oil you can find since these bikes don't get any better with more expensive oils. The most preferred oil on here is Rotella. And the engine takes about 2 3/4 quarts.



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    Thank you,



    What about the trans fluid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SailorJohn View Post
    Thank you,



    What about the trans fluid?
    On this engine the engine case is shared with the transmission, thus the engine oil is also the transmission oil. DO NOT add any friction modifiers like Slick 50 or Moly to the engine oil, Energy Conserving oils are not recommended either. Best oil for the money is the diesel engine oils like Rotella.
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    Engine and trans are unit construction so the trans lives in the engine oil.



    Unless you mean the rear axle, in which case you want hypoid gear oil, - SAE 80 below 41 farenheit or 90 above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverado6x6 View Post
    On this engine the engine case is shared with the transmission, thus the engine oil is also the transmission oil. DO NOT add any friction modifiers like Slick 50 or Moly to the engine oil, Energy Conserving oils are not recommended either. Best oil for the money is the diesel engine oils like Rotella.


    I've been using,"Moly" based products in my cars and bikes for over 30 years and never had a problem with clutch slip.My present two CX have Molyslip in them and have no clutch slip.This is different from friction modifiers.

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    Where is a good place to get filters from (air & oil)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SailorJohn View Post
    Where is a good place to get filters from (air & oil)?


    A honda dealer, bikebandit or ebay. Lots of other sources too.
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    I have put lucas in all the cars I have owned at one point in time. I believe on the bottle it says you can use lucas in a wet clutch system. It is a smaller amount i think 10 percent as instead of 20 percent. Then again this isn't from experience, just what I think I remember reading on the bottle.
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    Well I called the Honda dealer last night. I won't be getting filters from them. Just the oil filter was more expensive than both air and oil from Bike Bandit (including shipping). Slighty cheeper deals could be found on ebay but BB was easier.
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