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1983 KZ LTD kawasaki,where do i check for the oil?and the oil filter?and how does one drain the oil and add new..lmfao worked on cars for 20yrs never a bike,i like to put plugs and a oil change today but need help finding the **** oil plug lol
 

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Not sure what CC your bike is. I had an 81 KZ440. The drain plug and filter are on the bottom of the motor. You should see three access points under there. One is a solitary bolt. That is the drain plug. One is a bigger (maybe the size of your palm) circle with fins that radiate from a central bolt. That is where you remove the oil filter. Both the bolt and the larger circle spin out. Third thing is right next to the oil filter, smaller with four mount points. That is the oil screen. Remove and clean it while you have everything draining.

You check the oil level from the right hand side. Hold the bike level or on a center stand. Down near the bottom right of the motor there's a small window with upper and lower oil level marks.
 

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Another thing you need to know is the engine oil also lubricates the transmission and wet clutch - so one oil/filter change does it all. All you need is 3 litres of 10W40 motorcycle oil and a filter which are available at NAPA - p/n PS4941.
 

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Oil fill is on the right lower side of the bike above your brake lever (on top of the clutch cover) on the underside there's two bolts.. the more forward one is the oil drain, the one behind it is the oil filter (oil filter bolt is pretty close to the centerstand, and sort of a pain to get a pan under to catch dripping oil when ya replace it)
 

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Thanks for ur help everyone got it,fresh oil new plugs,2 tires on order,had to get a clutch cable on ebay only 13 bucks plus shipping only 6 bucks,god i drained the oil and i dont think a litre came out,made sure the bike was level rocked it front to back nothing more came out.....i did look at the glass reading on the side..if i can remember there was no oil to be seen,then again it was hard to see..did i miss anything or anyone think just it was down that much?i un did the bolt under the bike replaced the oil filter.and like i said,not even a litre came out..i put 3L of oil in..i hope there wasnt any left in the bike..and i over filled
 

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Best Oils To Use In Your Bike (Just My Opinion)

Engine oil : The commercial grade oils are clearly superior to the mass market oils. For the best protection in your bike or car, use Shell Rotella Synthetic, available at Wal-Mart in blue containers . For the best petroleum oil you can buy, get Shell Rotella T, Mobil Delvac 1300, or Chevron Delo 400, available at any auto parts store. On the back of most oil cans is a circular stamp with the certification. Avoid oils that say "energy conserving" in the bottom half of the donut. These oils contain friction modifier additives that could cause clutch slipping over time. All XXw-20 and XXw-30 oils are energy conserving, and should not be used in your motorcycle. Don't buy any oil additives like STP or Slick-50. Here's several listings on all about oil justifying these conclusions.

The Recommended Synthetic Oils :

Shell Rotella Synthetic
5w-40 Delvac 1 Synthetic
5w-40 Mobil-1 SUV/Truck Synthetic
5w-40 AMSOil AMF Synthetic
10w-40 Golden Spectro Synthetic
10w-50 Motul 5100 Synthetic
10w-40 Mobil-1 Synthetic
15w-50 Mobil-1 MX4T Synthetic

The best synthetics are: (in no particular order)

Shell Rotella-T Synthetic 5w-40 (blue container, not white), gallon at Wal-Mart.
Mobil Delvac-1 5w-40 (grey container, not black), gallon at Petro stations, gallon at Farm and Fleet.
Mobil-1 SUV 5w-40, qt anywhere.
AMSOil AMF 10w-40 synthetic motorcycle oil.
Golden Spectro Supreme, (no price).
Motul 5100 Ester, (no price).

Mobil-1 automotive oils all contain small amounts of moly - about 100 to 200 ppm. This can cause clutch slippage in some motorcycles. I've only heard of this being a problem in Honda Shadows.

For temperatures below -40, I strongly recommend either Mobil-1 0w-30 or the Canadian Shell 0w-40 Rotella. At these temperatures, your car is your life. Using cheap or incorrect oil is risking your life.

For temperatures below -55c, -65f, stay home. Really.

The Recommended Petroleum Oils

Chevron Delo 400 15w-40
Delvac 1300 15w-40
Shell Rotella 15w-40

The best petroleum oils are: (in no particular order)

Chevron Delo 400 15w-40 (blue container) gallon at any auto parts store, gallons at Costco.

Mobil Delvac 1300 15w-40 (black container) gallon at any auto parts store, gallons at Sam's Club.

Shell Rotella-T 15w-40 (white container) gallon at Wall-Mart or any auto parts store, gallons at Sam's Club.

If you live in another country, you'll have to do a bit of research to decide on an oil. Generally, any oil certified for use in a late model Volks wagon or Mercedes turbo diesel is a good choice. Another good idea is to go to a truck stop and ask the truckers about brands. Rotella is marketed all over the world, but in other countries it's called Rotella or Rimola or Helix Ultra, and the formulation may be a bit different, depending on local climate and preferences. It will likely also be a lot more expensive than it is here.
 
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