Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Calgary, AB, CANADA
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Just changed the oil on the new GW for the first time after 80km of high load break-in. Here are my thoughts:
I like that the oil and filter can be changed without anything getting in the way. Even the Sensor the manual says to remove is not actually in the way.
While the side mounted drain plug makes wrenching really easy, hot, thin oil shoots a long way out of the drain hole. Be sure to have your drain pan suitably located.
Why Suzuki has to make their oil filter a slightly different size than the industry norms is beyond me. Be sure to have the proprietary 'Suzuki' filter wrench or decent filter pliers. If you have to improvise, like I did, a large channel-lock pliers will do the trick.
I noted that the filter I picked up at the dealer has a different part number than the original. Likely a geographical thing, but worth looking into.
All-in-all, a very easy and simple oil change! I'd suggest anyone with space to store a drain pan pick up a filter wrench, measuring cup, and of course a drain pan, get an OEM filter and a jug of Shell Rotella-T and do you own oil changes. Not only will you save some $$, but you'll have a whole lot more intimate relationship with your bike.