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Old July 18th, 2015, 08:13 AM   #1
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Oil Change and Better Oil Plug & Filter

I'll pass on discussing oil as it upsets too many people.

3 little bolts hold the plastic crash guard under the engine. Easy to remove.



The oil filter I selected is what fits most Ducati motorcycles. I also purchased the filter wrench for an additional $2.35. Added paint pen marks to allow for easier 3/4 turn tightening easier.

Changing the pitifully weak stock magnetic oil plug for the Dimple plug for Ducati. Using real copper M12 crush washers too.



OE oil plug removed.



The 5mm Allen oil plug is the magnetic one.





Refill made easier, and certainly cleaner, using a throwaway paper funnel.

3 quarts to hit the target volume.

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Old July 18th, 2015, 12:07 PM   #2
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Where did you order the drain plug?
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Old July 18th, 2015, 12:39 PM   #3
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DIMPLEŽ OIL PLUGS ANNOUNCES CUSTOM MAGNETIC PLUGS FOR DUCAT

Right from the manufacturer. Magnets loose their power with heat, so getting a very powerful magnet, more resistant to heat, is the way to go.
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 02:32 PM   #4
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OK, some oil discussion.

The Owners Manual says 3.3 liters. I found that 3 quarts refilled the filter and crankcase.



The Owners Manual says 15w-50, though a technical expert said that Ducati design the engines around a 40 viscosity at operating temperature.



In addition to using a superior oil filter, I'm using a Group IV synthetic oil that performs well.

Understand that besides meeting the wet clutch requirement, viscosity is a critical standard to consider when selecting an engine oil. Finding a viscosity index as close to the magic 200 as possible is a bonus.

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Old August 22nd, 2015, 03:36 PM   #5
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Yeah, I used 3.3 qts on my 9500 mi service after letting it drain for a very long time. It was too much. Drained about .3 qts after, which was a pain.

I also use Amsoil, but went with the suggested 20W-50.
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 05:43 PM   #6
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Used Mobil one 15-50. About $9 a quart and nothing has blown up.....yet.
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 05:48 PM   #7
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I have used Motul 15W50 and Mobil 1 10W40. The chart says 10W40 is good for all temperature ranges. I'm sure any of these listed are fine. I was planning on using Amsoil 10W40 next time.
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 06:10 PM   #8
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Any modern synthetic near the prescribed weight is fine. There so good anymore.
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Old August 23rd, 2015, 12:35 AM   #9
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Love the funnel
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Old August 30th, 2015, 11:53 AM   #10
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Great post on oil change

Do you know the torque specifications for the drain plus, and screen bolt and filter?

thanks
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