How To Perform a Complete Oil Change on a Harley Davidson Big Twin Engine

Scott Smith, Owner @ Ride It Wrench It

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13 Videos (42m)
    • Introduction: Complete Oil Change on a Harley Davidson Big Twin Engine

    • Oil Change Tools and Supplies

    • Draining the Crankcase Oil

    • Removing the Oil Filter

    • Preparing the Oil Filter for Installation

    • Installing the Oil Filter

    • Prepairing and Installing the Oil Drain Plug

    • Filling the Crank Case with Oil

    • Draining the Transmission Oil

    • Filling the Transmission Oil

    • Draining the Primary Oil

    • Filling the Primary with Oil

    • Closing: Complete Oil Change on a Harley Davidson Big Twin Engine


About This Class


In this workshop I will be teaching the complete process of changing the crank case oil, transmission oil, and primary oil on a Harley Davidson Big Twin engine. The skills, concepts, and techniques can be applied to any make of motorcycle provided you have a service manual for torque and fill specifications.

You will also learn about the tools necessary to perform the oil change correctly. The workshop will include:

  • Draining the oil
  • Removing, preparing, and replacing the oil filter
  • Preparing the drain plug
  • Filling the motorcycle with new oil
  • Draining and filling the transmission oil
  • Draining and filling the primary oil

Changing the oil on your motorcycle yourself will save you money, prolong the life of the engine, ensure you know what type of oils are being used, provides the opportunity to spot other potential issues, and instills a sense of pride when you know you've done the job yourself.

Remember, no one cares more about your motorcycle than you!

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All the directions are right on the money!
Great videos! I like the Ride it wrench it idea! Too many people have no idea what's going on with their bike.
Fantastic job!





Scott Smith

Owner @ Ride It Wrench It

I've been riding and working on motorcycles for over 40 years. Both of my parents rode motorcycles and bought me my first motorcycle when I was 5 years old. It was a Honda 50 cc and inspired a life long interest in motorcycling. I became involved in motocross and for 10 years I raced throughout the US and in Europe. Eventually I moved into street bikes and now enjoy touring on Harley Davidson motorcycles.

I have always worked on my bikes and over many years developed the mechanical, electrical, and engineering skill sets necessary to repair and maintain motorcycles for safe and reliable riding. I have been employed at an authorized Harley Davidson Dealership as a service representative working with riders and technicians to provide maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and modifications on motorcycles. Through this I saw an opportunity to begin sharing maintenance skills with other riders.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and teaching the skills necessary to perform various tasks on motorcycles. Doing so will help you to familiarize yourself with the way your bike operates and give you the understanding to know if the bike is not performing correctly and what it will take to repair the problem. Wrenching on your bike will also give you the confidence to make modifications to personalize your bike and help it stand out uniquely along side other motorcycles. Performing this work will also save thousands of dollars in maintenance, repair, and modifications that shops typically charge.

For more tutorials, write ups, videos, and riding trips you can visit my blog or You Tube channel. You will find extensive information and videos on a variety of subjects related to motorcycling.

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