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Hello everybody, I'm new to the forum and this is my first post. Just had a quick question regarding an oil change. I just got my bike a little over a month ago and I'm looking to do an oil change this weekend. I have everything I need, or at least I thought, because my oil drain pan won't fit underneath my bike, so my question to you, what do you guys do to give your bike a little lift to eradicate the issue? I went to my local powersports store and just stopped by harbor freight in hopes of finding a jack for the front wheel, but to no avail. I've thought about trying to prop just the front wheel up on a brick or something, though that isn't the most steady route. Any input would be awesome. Thanks.
 

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Cheap ways, run front tire up on a short 2 × 12, then have another small 2 × 12 for kick stand. Works pretty good. Or, take an old oil pan and cut it down, you are draining less than three quarts. Here's a thread on jacks, if you are going to be doing you own work I would recommend getting one.


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Cheap ways, run front tire up on a short 2 × 12, then have another small 2 × 12 for kick stand. Works pretty good. Or, take an old oil pan and cut it down, you are draining less than three quarts. Here's a thread on jacks, if you are going to be doing you own work I would recommend getting one.


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I 100% plan on getting a jack in the future since I plan on doing all of the maintenance on the bike myself, I just didn't think a jack for the oil change is plausible since the drain bolt is centrally located on the bottom of the bike. Is that an accurate assessment or would I still be able to do an oil change with it on the jack? Also, duly noted on the introductory thread. I'll jump on there momentarily. Thanks for the reply, I'll stop at the hardware store on my way home from work this evening.
 

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I lower all my bikes, I'm vertically challenged, ok everyone - jump on in with the jokes, but I have to run front tire up on a 2×12 to get the jack under it. Yes, you can move the jack far enough back for doing an oil change. With that said I normally do oil changes without jack, just using the 2×12 under tire and jackstand.
 
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I lower all my bikes, I'm vertically challenged, ok everyone - jump on in with the jokes, but I have to run front tire up on a 2×12 to get the jack under it. Yes, you can move the jack far enough back for doing an oil change. With that said I normally do oil changes without jack, just using the 2×12 under tire and jackstand.
Perfect. I just ordered a jack from Amazon and I'll give the 2x12 idea a whirl and hope it pans out for me. Thanks again for the info, sir!
 

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Here's a different bike but have to use the 2×12 under front tire to get jack under. Ok everyone, short and HD jokes not allowed.

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Love it. I'm so happy I finally got one, even if it is a tad older. I've been looking for the past year or two now and finally pulled the trigger. It's not about what you're right, but where you're going!
 

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welcome to the forum from New York and another '07 650 owner. I just use a shallow Sterlite plastic container shorter than a shoe box to drain oil. Some folks make two stacks of short 2x4's and place them under the frame on each side for a quick means to keep the bike upright. With the bike on the kickstand, slide one under the right side, rock the bike up on it and slide the second under the left side. Hope you visit often...happy trails.
 
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On the 650, make sure and warm up the bike before you start and break loose all the bolts on the filter cover. the little round cover remove it completely and just break loose the ones under that cover.
If not there is a chance of stripping the heads on the bolts, it is an aluminum case so if not warm the bolts are hard to break loose cold. once these are broke loose you can let the engine cool. There is a bolt just behind the foot break pedal just break it loose and the one above it.
 

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also, note where each bolt is located. If my memory is correct, some are different lengths.
 

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You Told us to do it, "boss" :D

I lower all my bikes, I'm vertically challenged, ok everyone - jump on in with the jokes/QUOTE]

For those that are "vertically challenged", they now sell Viagra.

my wife on the other hand, wants an ANTI Viagra. Keeps telling me to quit bothering her. DOH!
 

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I made my own shallow drain pan. I had an old plastic bottle with screw on lid. I think it is about a 2 gallon size. I know it was an old kitty little bottle and has a wide mouth screw on lid. I layed the bottle on its side and then cut out the side facing up. Laying on its side the bottle is around 4" tall. It slides right under the bike. Makes a decent drain pan for free, if you don't count the kitty litter.
 

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Ended up finding a 7 quart drain pan at my local walmart that I was able to slide right up underneath the bike. It doesn't have a lid or any way to store the old oil without running the risk of making a mess, so I just transferred the old oil to my 16 quart pan that has a cap on it until I take it to my local auto parts store to recycle. All worked out without even having to use anything to prop it up. Didn't spill a whole lot during the process, just a tad bit when removing the oil filter, so I laid some Dawn on it and let it sit for a while to break the oil up, then washed it away with some warm water.
 

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don't you dump back into the bottles and take it to your oil recycler (walmart)
Normally, I would, but I got a gallon jug of oil rather than getting it in quarts, so I still have some clean, new oil left over from the change, so I'm just keeping it in my 16 quart drain pan for now.
 
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