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So how often are you suppose to change the oil filter?
 

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I do mine at least once per year with the low miles and time that I put on my machines. As they used to say, think months, not miles.

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To me it really depends on how hard you are on your machine. Me I like to change my oil every 10 hrs, every 20 hrs I change the oil and do a valve set. Im harder on my atv then most though. Plus I get rotella dirt cheap so changing the oil basically only costs me the price of the oil filter and I buy them cheap off ebay 10 - 20 at a time lol
 

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I agree with Trips. It depends on how hard you are on the machine. I have been thinking a lot on maintenance and how I ride. There were some times we stayed in deep mud all day and I probably should have changed the oil after that ride. But for the riding I do its gonna be at least every other ride. You can get oil filters at O'Reillys FYI.
 

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I usually chamge mine every year but I don't ride it very heard just usually through woods and in the snow.
 

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Oil is cheaper than a rebuild. My manual says 100 hrs or once a year. If you ask me that's just Honda's way of trying to make more money. My riding season is from March to December, so in 9 months I change my oil & filter around 6 times a year. Usually when ever the air filter is a little dirty, that's my clue to change out the air filter, and do a oil and filter change at the same time. I have 5 Uni air filter's, I wait till 4 are dirty and clean them. That way I don't have to wait for them to dry.
 

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My Ranchers don't have an odometer or hour meter. Hour meters are cheap, so I should install one.

I use synthetic Rotella T6 and just change it every winter. Since I have 2 Ranchers I split the hours between them, sometimes I take friends. We don't ride fast and the only real workout the oil get is during a "spirited" hill climb. Most of the time we're just poking around since the terrain is steep, rough, & rocky.

I'd "guess" each machine goes 50-100 hours between oil changes. (need to install hour meters....)
 

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I change my rancher 600-800 miles. I use full synthetic mobil1 4t.
 

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If you need to change the oil in 10-20 hours you have serious motor issues or your wasting good oil. I agree that it need to be changed sooner when run hard and in water/mud. But never any less than 50 hours or 300 miles/500kms. I replace every 1000kms/600 miles, and I run Amsoil synthetic.
 

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I always change my oil and filter on both my quads (02 300ex/92 250 mojave) at the very recommended 10 hours.

Every dealer I've ever asked always says clean the filter, and change the oil/filter after 10 hours of riding. And then check valves after 20 hours of riding.

And most books I've read agree with the dealer that oil/filter should be changed after 10 hours.

I'd rather be safe, then wear the bearings out and have to rebuild the motor. $25-$30 bucks in oil/filter, or $1000-$1800 to rebuild motor.
 

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10 hours would be like changing the oil every time i put gas in mine.
 

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You could get a timer then at 10 hours send the oil off to be tested.
 

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I always change my oil and filter on both my quads (02 300ex/92 250 mojave) at the very recommended 10 hours.

Every dealer I've ever asked always says clean the filter, and change the oil/filter after 10 hours of riding. And then check valves after 20 hours of riding.

And most books I've read agree with the dealer that oil/filter should be changed after 10 hours.

I'd rather be safe, then wear the bearings out and have to rebuild the motor. $25-$30 bucks in oil/filter, or $1000-$1800 to rebuild motor.
Might want to give the old manual another once over. The break in period is 20 hours, change the oil every 100hrs after that, as per the service manual.
 

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Wow, maybe I shouldn't have smoked so much shit as a kid.


It can't hurt to change it as often as I have, can it? I mean my 92 Mojave is old, and the oil gets dirty quick.


As far as my 300ex goes, I think I'd still change it after like 50 hours to be safe. The motor on it I think was rebuilt not too long ago.

Wow, I feel really really dumb now. I had my 87 Suzuki when I was 15, and I had it for 6 months, and I used to change it every 10 hours or so. I've only had the Honda and Mojave for 4 months now, and only performed 1 oil change on both. Good thing I went over my Honda manual.


And dealer probably told me that, cause I was 15 when I asked. I'm 24 now.
 

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It won't hurt the quad, just your wallet. 50 hours wouldn't be too crazy if your riding it hard. If your just riding normally then I would push it right to 100hrs. That's with Honda dino oil. I run Amsoil synthetic, which I'm sure you could push to 200 hours if you wanted, but I stick with Honda's recommended 100hr changes because my riding style is a little aggressive, and I am in deep mud A LOT.
 

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Currently at 1200 miles and 100 hours with the rancher 350 with lucas oil. Will not change until spring, i suspect i will get right around that 120-140 hour mark.
 
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