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After the Battle “Oil Change”

Posted in Yamaha XJ 900 model 4BB 1991 by Local on May 3, 2009

The oil change has gone moderately well, and I thank myself to have used the plastic tarpaulin otherwise some used oil would have  leaked here and there, the bolt with a Phillips  mark retaining the oil mostly fell into the hole of the drain oil can, and I have had just the time to grab it, thus allowing some oil splashing outside the receiver of the drain oil can. I added an album who depicts the oil change in pictures :

Oil Change Album

The bell-shaped containing the oil filter needed for its take down that I dismantle one exhaust pipe at least, for practical reasons I took down the two exhaust pipes, I wanted room to work it right, and the bell-shaped was mounted not the right way, as you can see in the previous posts.Replacing the oil filter was not a big deal, but one may be careful to memorize the order of washer, spring, etc… the oil filter itself has a direction of assembly, so watch out!

The pain in the a** came with the fitting of the last exhaust pipe, and its dowel who gone loose…to be continued


My First D.I.Y Oil Drain Phase IIa

Posted in Yamaha XJ 900 model 4BB 1991 by Local on January 15, 2009

Got today the bulk of my order from Yamaha the O-ring and the washer plate, the O-ring cost 6,89€ ($9.05), and a throttle cable that was on another order.The throttle cable replacement will be the subject of another tutorial, since I have to process with the pictures, adding captions, and make readable for my audience ;).

Picture with sum oil drain washer, washer plate, o-ring

Picture with sum oil drain washer, washer plate, o-ring

The weather is definitely not the best at the moment, and I work the bike outside in some friend garden.The bike itself sleep in the street, it is ok for an old XJ900, I would not dare to let a new bike in the street, this is the advantage of old bikes, you sleep well, and until I move to a house with garage outside the town I stay with my XJ 900.So I wait until the rainy days ends…

My first D.I.Y oil drain phase II

Posted in Yamaha XJ 900 model 4BB 1991 by Local on January 13, 2009

Ok I got the right oil, let’s now check what do I need like spare parts to do it the proper way, having the Yamaha retailer not far away from home I went there to get the right washer parts :

Yamaha part 902012160800 washer plate 1,50€ ($1.97)

Yamaha part 214111980000  washer 1,50€ ($1.97)

Yamaha oil filter 5,49€ ($7.24)

Except for the internal washer I could get the oil filter and sum oil drain washer elsewhere, but sometimes when prices are in the range it does not worth the time consuming looking for the cheaper spare parts.That’s all for the motorbike parts, now I need a cheap but yet well made drain oil pan which I have found at Norauto, it is a ECOTANNICA drain oil can with 6 Litres oil capacity, that is enough for motorbikes and most medium car in Europe at least.The price is 8,50€ ($11.21), there are other with larger oil capacity but they cost more than 15€ ($19.80), and I would not have the use.At Auchan I bought a plastic tarpaulin for 0,50€ ($0.66) to protect the soil from oil contamination, it serves too for having the place clean after the oil change.While at Auchan I bought too an oil cleaner, it is a little can produitsof special oil who wash the motor just before making your motor oil change; it is not necessary in normal time but I must confess that the last oil change was last year; since I was not ready to pay 100€ more for the oil change I managed to think that I would do it myself, time passed and I didn’t found the time to do it, or the hassles to make it correctly.This is when you you think yourself “thank God I put Castrol oil at the time!”; this is an argument against cheap or unknown brand motor oil, a common for low quality products is that they cost you way above the economy you think to do when buying average quality.Back to the oil cleaner the name is Carlube at 7,95€ ($10.47), and is made in the UK, I never tried that product before so it gonna be a test.Some rags were necessary too, and I have found exactly what I needed in Norauto it is called “essuie tout” made in France by COBIC at 6,90€ ($9.10) that kind of rags is pretty popular in mechanic and the industry in general.I will add a tutorial in pictures as soon as I start my motor oil change, as it helped me a lot to see others tutorials.

My first D.I.Y oil drain phase I

Posted in Yamaha XJ 900 model 4BB 1991 by Local on January 13, 2009

It is not that I have never ever done an oil drain by myself, but it was in other times with other vehicles that I won’t list here since I have to focus on the very XJ 900.The last oil change on my bike made by a pro cost  me 109,50€ ($144.62) it included  operations as follows :

Labor : 49€ ($64.76)

Oil filter HF144 1L9:  5,50€ ($7.27)

Oil sum plug ally washer: 1€ ($1.32)xj900cloche

Castrol Power1 10W50 4 Litres: 54€ ($71.34)

ToTal: 109,50€ ($144.62)

It costs more than a today motorcycle oil change who uses an oil filter cartridge like those on the cars, fact is that one has to dismount the bottom fairing, dismount at least one exhaust pipe with the risk of bolt being broken into place, replace the ring oil seal (O-ring), the little paper oil filter, plus the oil drain ally washer.It makes the oil change more challenging, and the previous owner put a mastic joint instead the Yamaha ring oil seal, and a home made washer ring inside the aluminum bell where the oil is pumped under pressure.

I guess it is the sometimes nasty surprise you get when buying second hand motorbike, and a third or fourth hand would me more appropriate in my case.Again I do not complain, since this is a fantastic way to learn how your ride works from the inside; as many I looked for tutorials on the web about insights and tips on motorbike mechanics, and found interesting things.

In my turn I have setup a plan to do my oil change minimizing risks on wrongdoings, avoiding unnecessary problems and the likes; after having a good view of the work to be done, I switched to the impossible choice of the best oil for my bike in term of grade, in terms of price, reliability, availability, preferred brand and urban legends…

Yamaha advice back in the days a 10W30 grade, but we are today and eager to benefit the actual technology.For a time I was interested to try a 20W50 Norauto* having a good price on it about 10€ for 4 Litres, but as the temperatures dropping near 0 C° here, it was too soon in the season to try it until being sure temperatures would not dropping under 10 C°, this said a 20W50 would did it in the absolute, but we have the luxury to get whatever motor oil we want, so thinking you gonna feed your bike with a less evolute motor oil is a psychological matter more than a mechanic duty.

In the end I found the best solution for me, a trusted brand that I have experimented myself before with no hassles and reliable,  at the top in motor oil technology, available at an hypermarket Auchan**, at the best price, the grade the most appropriate for an air cooled engine which has many miles, the winner is Castrol POWER1 GPS 15W50 in 4 Litres can for 37€ ($48.94)

Since the motor oil capacity with oil filter change is 2,8L for the Yamaha XJ900 it left me with 1,2L of motor oil I can dispose of; when I did the motor oil change with a pro, I got just what was in the bike, thus I would later buy extra motor oil to refill, and the 10W50 was too fluid for an old air motor.

*Norauto is a brand who specializes in auto quick reparations and sell oil and other things under its name Norauto.

**Auchan is one of the biggest hypermarket chains in France, it’s like Wall-Mart in the U.S.

World has less intimacy as of today!

Posted in Yamaha XJ 900 model 4BB 1991 by Local on January 13, 2009

Well I gonna trade some intimacy in exchange of contents that would “help”, enjoy any passionate about motorcycle(s), in my case I will try to share some thoughts and ideas, tutorials about my old but valiant 1991 Yamaha XJ 900 model 4BB.I have chosen to blog in English, as my mother-tongue is French, it would give you some insights about a “French way” of doing things, or how one does it in France,  and could give you perspective about French motorbike specialized products that you may not have heard before.


I could easily did my blog in French, but I wanted a “worldwide” audience, not that I think myself being important, but just to share with the maximum of riders around the world.I do master writing in French but not enjoying it much as you have to pay special attention to many words with special accents, and other grammar worries.Again I would help anyone looking for mechanical terms in French such a needs may arise.

As for the blog in itself, I do own that bike since October 2007, and will details the current maintenance as of today; adding things made in the past while running that blog.I will too add reviews of gear I use/used, like helmet, gloves and the lubricants I use, which tools I like, my favorite brands.Stay tuned…