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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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85 ZL900 Eliminator oil change

I just picked up an 85 zl 900 eliminator for $500. It's in pretty nice shape and runs really strong. I plan on doing an oil change but have never done one with a bike that has this kind of oil filter. Is there anything that I need to keep in mind when changing the oil? It seems like all I have to do is take the cover off and pull out the old filter and replace it with the new one, but figured it couldn't hurt to ask since this is definitely the oldest bike I've ever owned.

Also, to anyone who has or has ever owned a bike like this, are there certain problems that these bikes are prone to? It's always good to know so I can keep an eye out for certain symptoms. Thanks in advance for all your help!
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changed the oil last night and it was so much easier than I had anticipated. the fact that the oil filter housing screwed in with a bolt right next to the drain plug was very nice.
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Nice bike.A friend had one for a few years and other than a short fuel range loved it.
D&D still makes a pipe for it.
Spend $15 and get a proper manual.
Anti-seize on the sparkplugs everytime.
Coolant every 2nd season.
Battery tender is a good idea, check for fluid 3 times a season.

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Thanks. I am definitely getting a manual for it. I'm going to check the coolant today. I have a tender, but the battery seems strong, so I haven't had to use it yet. I plan on changing the plugs soon as well. I'm going to look into the d+d pipes too.
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Wow, $500 for an 85 ZL900 that is in "pretty good shape", you should buy a lottery ticket too. That is a steal of a deal. For that money, all you usually get is a parts bike that rides home in your pick up truck. I have owned one for 2-3 years and I can tell you that they are a blast to ride. Like Eric said, due to the small gas tank, they are not touring bikes, but, I just put a tail bag on mine that I can keep a 2 gallon gas can in, so, there are work arounds. Some put on larger tanks if you want to do that, but it changes the look a bit. Anyway, keep an eye on the water pump and the fuel valve, and hold on tight.

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-10-2009, 04:59 PM
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Great bikes, have a couple myself. You should go check out ZL-OA Home - ZL-OA Kawasaki ZL Owners Association

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[quote=texasSStornado;1732029]Great bikes, have a couple myself. You should go check out ZL-OA Home - ZL-OA Kawasaki ZL Owners Association[/quote

He's right, it is ZL's 24/7 over there and some of the guys, like Paulfun, and MachIV really know these bikes inside and out.

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did you remove BOTH drain plugs ???

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did you remove BOTH drain plugs ???
Excellent point, the first time that I changed my oil, I missed the second plug and left a little bit of the old oil in there. The world didn't end though.

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