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How To Change Oil For Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111

Updated on March 16, 2019

Steps For Changing The Oil On Your Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111

When changing the oil on your Indian Thunderstroke 111, the first step is to start the engine and bring your motorcycle to an operating temperature. Once the motorcycle has reached an operating temperature, turn off the bike. I ran my bike for apx 5 - 10 minutes.

Your bike can be just on its kick stand to drain the oil. However, it is recommended to be an upright position. What I did after it looked like all the oil was drained, was to sit on the bike and hold it in an upright position until all the remaining oil was drained. Once I sat on the bike, and positioned the bike in the riding position, I noticed the oil began to drain in a steady stream again for a few minutes.

The next step is to remove both oil drain plugs. Storage and Scavenger plug. Of course make sure you have a proper oil drain bucket in place.

Before re-installing your drain plugs, remove the old crush washers and install the new ones that are provided with the Indian Motorcycle Oil Kit.

Remove the oil filter next. Use the recommended oil filter wrench.

Lightly lubricate the oil ring seal on the new oil filter, using new oil. Install it by hand, until lightly seated, than turn 3/4 to a full turn.

After draining the oil and replacing the oil filter, remove the dipstick, using the dipstick tool included in your kit.

Install 4 1/2 quarts of oil. The bike takes 5 1/2 quarts of oil, but only install the first 4 1/2 quarts.

Reinstall the dipstick.

Run the engine up to 2500 rpm for 3 minutes.

Turn off the bike and install the last quart of oil.

More instructions and videos at

Indian Motorcycle Oil Kit
Indian Motorcycle Oil Kit | Source

Tools Needed

1. Indian Thunder Stroke Oil Change Kit 5.5 Qts. Comes with Oil Filter and 2 crush washers.

2. Spin-On Oil Filter Wrench Cup Style 64.7

3. Funnel

4. 6mm Allen Wrench and/or Socket

5. Ratchet

6. Indian Oil Dipstick removal tool provided from Indian with Bike.

7. Oil Drip Pan

8. Rags


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