A quick tune up for your ZX6R
this will help you change the oil and the spark plugs and cleaning the air and fuel filter. what you need is the following:
- kawasaki tool kit
- oil filter - k&n(KN-303) 1 $6-$15 depends on where you buy
- 5 quarts of oil any 10w40 roughly $2 each
- oil catch pan
- oil filter tang
- spark plugs - NGK(CR9E(standard), CR9EVX(platinum) 4 for $12
- fuel filter k&n(81-0221)
- air filter k&n(KA-6098)
many manufacturers make air, fuel,oil filters, and plugs for the kawasaki, however here you will read and get only the part numbers of the parts that i use. the following is my practice only. its your bike if you break it you cant hold me responsible. 2 books of recommended reading are the repair manual and zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance
1. first ride your bike for about 10 minutes so the oil is HOT and thin.
2. remove the oil plug and let it drain into the pan for about 10 minutes for all the oil to run out.
3. remove the left side fairing to unscrew the oil filter. use the tang to remove the filter and drain it into the pan
4. get out the new oil filter, stick your finger in some new oil and put it around the ring of the filter, this will soften the ring to create a better seal so the bike will not leak oil and then screw on the oil filter. reconnect your fairing.
5. next put the oil pan plug back in the pan. open the oil cap and put in your oil.
see how easy that was, i use only 10w40 oil and i change my oil every 1000 miles and my filter every 3000 miles. you can use synthetic oil if you wish to pay that much, but oil is oil if you change it every 1000 miles everything will be fine. as for the filter, i only use k&n filters.
next we are going to change the spark plugs, air filter and the fuel filter. that may seem overwhelming, but be patient and take your time. it is a very simple process. the spark plugs air filter and the fuel system all function together, so be ready.
1. first thing you need to do is remove the fuel tank. you have to remove the seats first and 4 bolts. make sure you TURN OFF THE PETCOCK otherwise you will have a mess of gas all over the place. disconnect the hose from the petcock to the fuel filter. then you can pull the tank up off the bike.
2. remove the fuel filter disconnect the hose to the fuel pump and remove it from the rubber sleeve that holds it in. replace the old filter with the new, just connect it to the fuel pump for now.
3. you see the big black box, that is your air box. disconnect the hose and the 7 bolts. this will enable you to lift off the top of the box. you will see your air filter, remove it and if you have a shop vac type vaccum use this to clean it, if you want to get thorough you can clean the filter with a high pressure water hose.
4.to get to the plugs you need to remove the bottom part of the airbox this is held on with 2 bolts, remove them, and lift the rest of the box out to reveal the plugs.
5.to make it more easy remove the air intakes, you dont have to but you can. remove the plug caps 1 at a time, pop them off. replace the old plug with the new and then put the plug cap back on. go left from right to make it simple.
6.put the bottom of the airbox back onto the engine put in your new or freshly cleaned air filter back in, make sure you put the filter side down and reconnect your air intakes if you took them off. put the top back onto the airbox and reconnect the hose.
7.finally we have to put the fuel tank back on. before bolting it on reconnect the hose from the new fuel filter to the petcock. then bolt the tank back on.
8. moment of truth, if you did everything accordingly your bike should fire right up, of course you will have to turn your fuel back on with the petcock.
you have just successfully performed pretty much a full tune up that your bike shop would charge you $200 for. the appreciation you have for your bike is priceless. your bike will treat you even better as well. the whole process will take you about 2 hours if you are not familiar with your bike, 1 if you are mechanically inclined. GOOD LUCK!
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