HOW-TO: CHANGE YOUR YXZ1000R’S OIL

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If you think of oil as being the lifeblood of your UTV, it becomes apparent how vital it is to the engine’s life span. Keeping clean, fresh oil in your engine is cheap insurance against premature engine wear, especially with today’s high-revving, high-performance UTVs. We put our long-term YXZ1000R SS up on the rack to shoot a how-to for those who own YXZs. Please note that the instructions are identical for 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 YXZ1000R and SS models, so this will cover all of Yamaha’s high-performance UTVs!

STEP 1: First, remove the five quick-release fasteners that hold the airbox and oil-sump cover on at the front of the bed. Clean any dirt away from the oil tank’s threads and remove the dipstick.
STEP 1:
First, remove the five quick-release fasteners that hold the airbox and oil-sump cover on at the front of the bed. Clean any dirt away from the oil tank’s threads and remove the dipstick.

 

STEP 2: Remove the vehicle’s skid plate. This is easier if you have access to a lift, but it can be done on the ground as well. These are all 10mm hex head bolts.
STEP 2:
Remove the vehicle’s skid plate. This is easier if you have access to a lift, but it can be done on the ground as well. These are all 10mm hex head bolts.

 

STEP 3: Locate the engine fill plug on top of the valve cover and remove it. This will help the engine vent as the oil drains.
STEP 3:
Locate the engine fill plug on top of the valve cover and remove it. This will help the engine vent as the oil drains.

 

STEP 4: With a drain pan or bucket below the car, locate this 5mm Allen head bolt at the bottom of the aluminum pan next to the oil filter. Remove it, and let the oil drain.
STEP 4:
With a drain pan or bucket below the car, locate this 5mm Allen head bolt at the bottom of the aluminum pan next to the oil filter. Remove it, and let the oil drain.

 

STEP 5: When the oil has finished draining, unscrew the old oil filter, letting the rest of the oil drain into your catch can.
STEP 5:
When the oil has finished draining, unscrew the old oil filter, letting the rest of the oil drain into your catch can.

 

STEP 6: Apply a light coating of new oil to the O-ring seal of the new oil filter. Also, clean the engine drain bolt. If you purchased a Yamaha OEM oil/filter kit (#LUB-SXSCG-KT-10, $66.99), new copper washers will be supplied with it for the engine drain plug and dry-sump drain plug.
STEP 6:
Apply a light coating of new oil to the O-ring seal of the new oil filter. Also, clean the engine drain bolt. If you purchased a Yamaha OEM oil/filter kit (#LUB-SXSCG-KT-10, $66.99), new copper washers will be supplied with it for the engine drain plug and dry-sump drain plug.

 

STEP 7: Clean all of the mating surfaces where the drain plug and oil filter mount to the engine.
STEP 7:
Clean all of the mating surfaces where the drain plug and oil filter mount to the engine.

 

STEP 8: Install the new oil filter, tightening to 12 foot-pounds. If you feel inclined, you can pour a small amount of fresh oil into the new filter before installation to prime it. Tighten the drain-plug Allen bolt to 7.2 foot-pounds.
STEP 8:
Install the new oil filter, tightening to 12 foot-pounds. If you feel inclined, you can pour a small amount of fresh oil into the new filter before installation to prime it. Tighten the drain-plug Allen bolt to 7.2 foot-pounds.

 

STEP 9: Remove the three 10mm hex head bolts that hold the plastic cover on the bottom of the dry-sump tank, just inside the passenger’s rear wheel well.
STEP 9:
Remove the three 10mm hex head bolts that hold the plastic cover on the bottom of the dry-sump tank, just inside the passenger’s rear wheel well.

 

STEP 10: Remove the 12mm hex head drain bolt on the bottom of the dry-sump oil tank and let it drain into your catch can. When it is finished draining, reinstall the drain bolt and tighten to 12 foot-pounds.
STEP 10:
Remove the 12mm hex head drain bolt on the bottom of the dry-sump oil tank and let it drain into your catch can. When it is finished draining, reinstall the drain bolt and tighten to 12 foot-pounds.

 

STEP 11: Pour 2 liters of fresh oil into the dry-sump tank and let it sit for a few minutes. For this service, we used Maxima’s synthetic SXS engine oil, which is specially formulated for use in today’s high-performance UTVs. Reinstall the oil fill cap on top of the valve cover and the dry-sump tank dipstick.
STEP 11:
Pour 2 liters of fresh oil into the dry-sump tank and let it sit for a few minutes. For this service, we used Maxima’s synthetic SXS engine oil, which is specially formulated for use in today’s high-performance UTVs. Reinstall the oil fill cap on top of the valve cover and the dry-sump tank dipstick.

 

STEP 12: Start the engine, letting it idle for a few seconds. Blip the throttle to 2000–3000 rpm three times to get the oil to circulate, then shut the engine off. Remove the dipstick and pour another 1.25 liters of fresh oil into the tank. Start the engine again, and let it run for 30–45 seconds. Then, shut it off and let it sit for a minute. Check the oil using the dipstick in the dry-sump tank and fill to the correct amount. ❏
STEP 12:
Start the engine, letting it idle for a few seconds. Blip the throttle to 2000–3000 rpm three times to get the oil to circulate, then shut the engine off. Remove the dipstick and pour another 1.25 liters of fresh oil into the tank. Start the engine again, and let it run for 30–45 seconds. Then, shut it off and let it sit for a minute. Check the oil using the dipstick in the dry-sump tank and fill to the correct amount. ❏

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