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I did my first oil change on my bike this weekend. It's the second one it's seen it had one at 1000km performed by the dealer. The bike now has 4700km and I wanted to change the oil before storing it for the winter. When cleaning the mesh screen I didn't really know what to expect. I attached a pic of the screen. Not sure if the debris in the screen is of abnormal size or if that's normal for break in period. Hopefully the attachment works thanks a lot.
 

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doesn't look to bad is the debris metal or something else?

Before I went to a reusable oring I would see sealant pieces in the screen.
 

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Yah it was small metal flakes. The side the picture is showing was harbouring the majority of it. The other sides were relatively clean.
 

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It's possible on the first one it wasn't even removed. On your next change take another look. Others will probably chime in but I think you are ok.
 

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What I do is carefully pull the specks off the screen and onto a white paper towel and use a magnet to determine what metal's they're made of. Most of the time the particulates are sealant from the case assembly. If that's the case, they won't react to the magnet and COULD be soft to the touch. Oil turns them black, so they look like metal until you touch 'em.

Ohh and yes metal particulates on the screen, especially in a new motor, is pretty typical.
 

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I've already cleaned and gotten rid of the particles. Should have done more investigation. I will next time. The magnet on the drain plug was completely clean when I pulled it out so there's a good chance those particles were not metal. Thanks for the info!
 

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I've already cleaned and gotten rid of the particles. Should have done more investigation. I will next time. The magnet on the drain plug was completely clean when I pulled it out so there's a good chance those particles were not metal. Thanks for the info!
If it's the stock magnet I doubt it would hold itself on the fridge!
 

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A good idea. If there was nothing on your drain plug though you should be right.

An alternative suggestion - more suited to those intending doing higher mileages - is the washable oil filter from KP Engineering.

It costs about 5 x as much as a stock disposable cartridge, so work out the economies based on your anticipated mileage.

The reason I mention this is because it has a powerful rare earth magnet built in also. T Chase is correct that the stock one in the drain plug is pissweak.
 
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