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    Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    I am pretty new to the whole bike maintenance thing but due for an oil change and my chain needs to be tightened. I bought the oil filter and oil but not exactly sure what other tools I need other than the oil filter socket wrench. I know I need a torque wrench at 17 nM, 43 nM for oil filter cartridge and engine oil drain bolt and also a 16 nM and 120 for locknut and Axle nut but unsure what size torque wrench I need.

    So this should work right:
    https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-24335-...=torque+wrench

    I think there are enough youtube videos out there for the actual procedure but just insure of the right tool.

    I have a 05 FZ6 if that matters.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    An oil change and chain adjustment are two good places to start your moto mechanic journey. You can spend a lot of money on tools...or very little. My experience is this; cheap tools will let you down and piss you off, so don't go cheap (cheap as in tools imported from China). I have always had good experience with Craftsman. With that said, I bought my mechanics tool kit 30 years ago and I can't attest to the quality of what they sell today. But 30 years of heavy and abusive use is a good indicator as to why you should buy quality tools. Sears runs great sales, and if they aren't on sale...ask the sales person for a sale price...they'll gladly discount a tool kit.

    Brands that I typically recommend are:
    - Snap-On tools are very good tools...and very expensive. Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.
    - I've gotten good service from Craftsman hand tools. Craftsman tools are still made in America. Sears also has a no questions asked lifetime warranty (I used it once for a 1/4" drive). Walk-in with a broken tool, leave with a new one.
    - Lowes store brand (Kobalt) are good tools. Kobalt hand tools are made in the United States by the Danaher Corporation.

    Avoid tools sold by:
    - Harbor Freight (made in China)
    - Home Depot (Husky tools are made in China)
    - Almost any auto parts store...that's where you'll find Tekton tools...red flag

    I'm not sure about the torque wrench you have linked. Tekton tools are a brand of Michigan Industrial Tools (MIT). But I don't know if that is an import of MIT or made by MIT - I suspect it is an import. Further, that's a 1/2" drive wrench with a light (for a 1/2" drive) range of 10-150 ft-lbs. Torque wrench/drivers come in 3 basic sizes/variety; light duty 1/4" for in-lbs, medium duty 3/8" for 10-100 ft-lbs and heavy duty 1/2" for values above 100 ft-lbs. We wont bother talking about 3/4 drive. Don't attempt to get one wench that spans a large range because it wont be accurate at either extreme.

    With all of that said, you don't need a torque wrench for an oil change. I use a torque wrench for almost everything BUT an oil change. The filter should be spun on until the gasket makes contact with the engine case, and then hand turned 3/4 of a turn. Lube the gasket with some oil prior to installation. The drain plug does not need to be tight. All it does is hold oil in. Finger tighten it and then simply "snug it up" with your driver. You will need a filter wrench or socket to remove the filter, but do not use it to install the filter.

    The axle on the other had must be torqued to the correct value. First off, it's a safety issue. Secondly, an over torqued axle will be hard to loosen in the future and can lead to premature failure of the bearings. You can certainly use a 3/8" drive for the axle. The socket size required probably wont come in a basic tool kit, so you may need to purchase a larger socket set in addition to your tool kit. I typically use a 1/2" drive for the rear axle because a 1/2 drive is more accurate in the 80-100 ft-lb range than a 3/8" drive.

    Going in the other direction (loosening), get yourself a breaker bar for loosening large/highly-torqued nuts.
    Last edited by Gary in NJ; 10-20-2017 at 06:29 AM.
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    Re: Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    Awesome thank you so much. One other thing I need to do (likely next year) is to get a chain and sprocket (both front and back replaced). Will take it into dealer for this one but they say I can bring my own parts, any recommendations for places to buy this?

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    Re: Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    Be cautious about purchasing the K&N oil filter as they have have a big recall on that K&N 204 for the FZ6 as well as any other make and models that use the K&N 204 filter.

    Here's a link.. http://www.600riders.com/forum/fz6-g...+filter+recall
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    Re: Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Motogiro View Post
    Be cautious about purchasing the K&N oil filter as they have have a big recall on that K&N 204 for the FZ6 as well as any other make and models that use the K&N 204 filter.

    Here's a link.. http://www.600riders.com/forum/fz6-g...+filter+recall
    He's got an S1, which uses the KN-303, not the 204.

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    Re: Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    He's got an S1, which uses the KN-303, not the 204.
    I didn't realize they were different but your right, it does change between the two years... Great info!

    For the Op, do you have the owners manual? PM me if you need it as a PDF..

    Lot's of good information there and a definite good read-especially CHAIN TIGHTENING PROCEDURES/ TENSION (much looser than most bikes)


    Plus 100 on Gary's post as well! Snug or 12lbs ft tops on the drain plug (same on the oil filter)

    As for the chain sprocket change, IMO, stick with OEM for the sprockets, they last quite awhile if maintained.
    I'd get the top of the line DID O-ring chain, STOCK size... I adjusted mine ONCE since installed (couple years-
    they don't stretch much if maintained)...

    The OEM chain is great too BUT the swing-arm needs to be loosened (for the install) as it doesn't have a master link


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    Re: Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    He's got an S1, which uses the KN-303, not the 204.
    Thank you for that. Yes I used to have an 06 FZ6 and That K&N 303 rings a bell. I have the K&N 138 on the SV1000s now and I wont be using the K&N anymore. I've read too many failures of the K&N at the nut. From what I understand they changed to a different manufacturer on their filters and that's where the problems seem to have increased.
    After my series regulator I will go with a K&P engineering oil filter. Till then it'll probably be a High Flo or Suzuki OEM
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    Re: Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    For the oil change, the only tool you really need is a 17 mm socket, with an extension or on a T-wrench. If you're using an oil filter without a nut you may end up needing a filter wrench. My preferred one is the cap-type that then connect to a standard 3/8"-drive. The only thing to be really careful of is to not overtighten the drain bolt, which can be an expensive mistake. If you're not accustomed to wrenching, a torque wrench for that purpose is a good idea.

    A good 3/8" drive torque wrench is a very reasonable investment for a bike, but it usually won't manage the axle bolts/nuts. Those are typically large enough to require a 1/2" drive. You should also acquire a 1/2" breaker bar to remove those nuts (DO NOT remove nuts with a torque wrench).

    Chain adjustment just requires a large socket for the axle nut (34 mm, I think?), and two 12 mm wrenches. You can get alignment tools that make the job simpler, but you can certainly manage without.

    You can buy a decent metric kit with a range of sockets and wrenches (most important are 8/10/12/14 mm), and you'll have to supplement it for some tasks with larger sockets or wrenches for axle nuts, fork caps, etc.

    Buy good tools. It's cheaper. Bad tools destroy fasteners and break. Use crappy wrenches and you'll be back on here in a month asking how to use a helicoil kit, and you really don't want that.

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    Re: Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    (DO NOT remove nuts with a torque wrench).


    Yeah, I meant to mention that and I'm glad you did. Additionally, always return the torque value to ZERO when storing the wrench. Do not store the wrench with a loaded value.
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    Re: Newbie question: What tools do I need for an oil change and chain adjustment?

    Do you have a link for this DID O-Ring with stock size?

 

 
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