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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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changed my plugs and air filter

I recently changed my roadliner's spark plugs and air filter and it took more time and effort than I thought it would. My bike had 9500 miles on it so it was overdue according to the maintenance schedule. Removing the fuel tank and the tight squeeze between the frame and the cylinder heads makes the job interesting. However, after completing the job and taking a test ride, I noticed that the engine is not as "choppy" in its power delivery so I guess it was worth it. I also was able to clean some parts that I couldn't previously reach. If you guys try it, buy an 18 mm spark plug socket (weird size) and also a 1.5" (weird size) socket extension to get at that right front spark plug. Good luck. ride safe.
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good info. what bike do you have?
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I got a long way to go before I get to changing spark plugs, but doesn't the tool kit under the seat include the spark plug wrench? I would hope I can use it to get to all 4 plugs.



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I got a long way to go before I get to changing spark plugs, but doesn't the tool kit under the seat include the spark plug wrench? I would hope I can use it to get to all 4 plugs.
yes there is a wrench but mine is in the saddle bag, with the spring spanner wrench. the rest of the tools are under the seat.

I did mine on the R* at 16,000 when doing the drive chain oil change. And the plugs still looked new. I guess if you hit the rev limiter....lol... and keep the fuel system clean it helps.
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I ride a 2008 roadliner. Wow. I didn't check the toolkit that came with the bike...maybe it does contain the right tools for the job! I'll check when I get off work today.
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Hi Bowhunter How did you perform the "drive chain oil change"? Is that what the owner's manual calls the "transfer case oil change"? My owners manual says to do it at 16,000 miles but doesn't say how. I need to change my drive chain oil in another 6,000 miles but don't know how to do it.
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On the right side of the bike, hidden behind the exhaust, there are 3 openings provided for this.
Bottom one drains out the gear lube
Middle one is a fluid level check
Top (big) one is to fill it back up with gear lube



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Hi Bowhunter How did you perform the "drive chain oil change"? Is that what the owner's manual calls the "transfer case oil change"? My owners manual says to do it at 16,000 miles but doesn't say how. I need to change my drive chain oil in another 6,000 miles but don't know how to do it.
yes the transfer case, my brain doesn't always get the terms right.
the Raider site, had nicer pics, and since same bike engine should be mostly the same tricks to get bolts out.

http://www.mybikeforums.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=3063
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great info. thanks.
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A step by step on both procedures would be awesome!!!!

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