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Alright guys, my apologies but I am lazy.

What oil do I need for the oil change?
Any paticular oil filter?
Rear driveline oil type?
Coolant I will use standard Presto

Anything else I forgot?

Thanks for the answers
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-04-2011, 09:55 PM
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There's some stickies over on the General Discussion side that have service manuals and information on oil and so forth. Don't use standard Prestone, you want the kind that won't corrode aluminum. That's as far as I'm gonna enable your admitted "laziness"



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Alright guys, my apologies but I am lazy.

What oil do I need for the oil change?
Any paticular oil filter?
Rear driveline oil type?
Coolant I will use standard Presto

Anything else I forgot?

Thanks for the answers
Welcome to the madhouse!

Oil: 10W-40. Be sure it does not say "Energy conserving" in the API service seal. DO NOT use 10W-30! Conventional or synthetic per your liking, and use a quality brand of your choosing.

Filter: Believe it or not, SuperTech (Walmart brand) makes an awesome filter. The Oilology sticky has a great cross-reference to get the part number right.

Rear drive: 80W-90 hypoid gear oil. Brand of your choice.

Coolant: Must be silicate and phosphate free. Prestone "mix with any color" coolant meets those criteria.

Anything else: Run 87 octane. Your bike cannot make use of any more octane than that. If your tires are more than several (some folks would say 5- years old, replace them. They get old and weak even though they look fine.

Buy a Honda service manual. (Don't waste your money of a Clymer or Haynes manual. they have far too many errors.) A Honda manual will run you about $50 on eBay if you have good timing.

Happy trails!

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Thanks Justin, I knew if anyone answered, it would be you.

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Thanks Tucker. Where did you get those highway pegs from?

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Just bought myself a 1986 vt700 last week and I'm getting it into running shape right now. If you have trouble finding a good deal on the Honda service manual on ebay you can actually order one off of Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Honda-Factory-Service-1986-1987-61MK701/dp/B002DKVBOE
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Just bought myself a 1986 vt700 last week and I'm getting it into running shape right now.
Welcome to the horde. Post some pics along the way so we can see your progress.

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Tuckercat, do you have any problems with the airbox getting in the way of your left leg when using those pegs? I've been seriously considering those, or the MC enterprises multi-fit hi-way bar (sorry, no link at the moment).

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