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post #1 of 18 Old 02-23-2017, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Metal shavings in oil (pic)

Changed the oil tonight, found 2 bits of metal stuck to my mag drain plug. Is this big enough to be worried about?
There was also a little bit of a silvery paste stuck to the magnet, but from what I understand that's normal.

Bike's got 29k miles, about 8k since last oil change (I let it get away from me... usually do it every 4k/2-3 months)

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Hmm. I would think its too small to worry about. But Id wait for a 2nd opinion.

Btw it looks like its the tip of the teeth on the transmission gears.
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Something to monitor but not be overly concerned over. Change the oil again in 3k and see if you find anything in the oil.

Scorpio nailed it though, that looks like a small piece of a transmission gear which is not uncommon.
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I concur with above. Most likely a bad shift and you shaved a bit of a gear.
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I concur with above. Most likely a bad shift and you shaved a bit of a gear.
Well now I'm dreading the next oil change. Gonna be like 30 shavings. I really need to setup my shifter better lol.

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Well now I'm dreading the next oil change. Gonna be like 30 shavings. I really need to setup my shifter better lol.
not necessarily. with so many mating parts and such tight tolerances, something that is spinning at 16k RPMS could very easily shave off a bit of a gear and you may never see that happen again.

I have fished a few small pieces out of my bike that look just like that and I beat the ever living crap out of my bike. Still runs and shifts like a champ.
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not necessarily. with so many mating parts and such tight tolerances, something that is spinning at 16k RPMS could very easily shave off a bit of a gear and you may never see that happen again.

I have fished a few small pieces out of my bike that look just like that and I beat the ever living crap out of my bike. Still runs and shifts like a champ.
I'm always overdiagnosing this bike haha. Everyday I go "oh no 2nd is slipping!". Then I realize its not and its just me. And my crap tune.

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8k miles on an oil change is a lot the way I ride. I would put some cheap ( relatively speaking) oil in it and ride it 1,000 miles and change it again to see what I get.
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I concur with above. Most likely a bad shift and you shaved a bit of a gear.
Well that's the likely culprit. I'm a terrible driver.
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8k miles on an oil change is a lot the way I ride. I would put some cheap ( relatively speaking) oil in it and ride it 1,000 miles and change it again to see what I get.
Thought I had changed it before my last deployment but when I looked at my docs it turns out I skipped it. I use rotella so an oil change is $20 + filter, usually do it much more often

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Well that's the likely culprit. I'm a terrible driver.


Thought I had changed it before my last deployment but when I looked at my docs it turns out I skipped it. I use rotella so an oil change is $20 + filter
This is going to start a giant oil debate but Rotella is not known for maintaining its viscosity over time, especially in high shear engines like ours. It is fine if you change it regularly but if you are going to go that long, consider a higher quality oil.

Basically there are 2 camps: use Rotella and change every 3k (at the very latest) or use better oil (I run Motul 300V) and change it less frequently. The cost works out to be about the same when you consider mileage. In my street bike I change the oil every spring and whether that's 10 miles or 10k miles for the year, the Motul can handle it.
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This is going to start a giant oil debate but Rotella is not known for maintaining its viscosity over time, especially in high shear engines like ours. It is fine if you change it regularly but if you are going to go that long, consider a higher quality oil.

Basically there are 2 camps: use Rotella and change every 3k (at the very latest) or use better oil (I run Motul 300V) and change it less frequently. The cost works out to be about the same when you consider mileage. In my street bike I change the oil every spring and whether that's 10 miles or 10k miles for the year, the Motul can handle it.
Except that even Motul recommends that you change 300V after about 8 hours of use. The OP would be better suited to 5100 or 7100 if no track miles are involved.

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Rotella is the best oil damnit!!!

U dont really have to change it. Just run it through a coffee filter and pour it back in!!
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Basically there are 2 camps: use Rotella and change every 3k (at the very latest) or use better oil (I run Motul 300V) and change it less frequently. The cost works out to be about the same when you consider mileage. In my street bike I change the oil every spring and whether that's 10 miles or 10k miles for the year, the Motul can handle it.
That's what I usually do with the rotella. I missed an oil change and went twice as long before realizing. Usually it's no more than 2 months with a max of about 4k miles

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That's what I usually do with the rotella. I missed an oil change and went twice as long before realizing. Usually it's no more than 2 months with a max of about 4k miles
I am sure you will be fine then.
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I am sure you will be fine then.
Just as long as I don't miss any more service intervals, anyway.

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