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Change oil in 2004 Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic, procedure?

How do I change oil and filter in a 2004 Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic and how much oil does it hold? Thank you

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  • bob_poker_go Apr 20, 2009

    need a diagram how to change a oil filter

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    Robert McDermott Feb 21, 2019

    The drain plug on the V-star 1100 is a 17 mm head plug on the bottom left side of the motor. It goes in horizontal. You need a short handle 17 mm boxed end wrench. Some people buy a cheapo wrench & hacksaw it in half to clear the ground. The oil filter is the problem on this model. It is located behind the front exhaust header pipe on the right side. You MUST remove the exhaust system. There is no other way. First, remove the muffler pair together if stock system. (1 6mm allen bolt & 1 14mm nut, loosen 2 clamps underneath that clamp to headers.). Then remove the 2 6mm allen bolts holding R.H. footpeg & let it hang down. Now remove 2 12mm nuts at front header to head & remove the front header pipe. Now you can remove the 3 4mm allen screws for the small round fake cover & then the 5 6mm allen screws for the second fake cover. Now with a screw driver, Gently pry off the filter cover.Do Not loose the small o-ring at the bottom screw hole. Remove & replace the filter open hole facing out as old one was. Put back in all screws

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    Robert McDermott Feb 21, 2019

    Reassemble all. Fill at fill hole on L.H. top with 3 3/4 qts. of Yamaha 10w-40 motorcycle oil. Run & recheck on glass window on lower L.H. side with bike off & held up straight & level on level ground (a 2 person job). Your done.



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I think the oil filter is at the front behind a round finned cover, if you find the drain plug it should be right above it, it shoud tell you how much oil it takes right next to the filler

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  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    did you find out how to do it? and also find out how much oil it holds? look up your bike at for an exploded view of crankcase

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    hey i just found this, free service manual on pdf go here and download it will take a while i just got one for my 650 star



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The oil filter is behind the cover with the "Yamaha" plate on the lower right side. You have to remove the front exhaust header to get at all of the bolts. It's a lot of work (~two hours) to change a filter, which is why there are several aftermarket options to re-locate the VStar oil filter.

History - The filter is poorly located because it's the same engine as the 1990's Yamaha Virago 1100 which had no frame and exhaust going under the bike, which made the filter easy to get at. The VStar puts the Virago engine in a more Harley style bike with a frame and dual side pipes that now get in the way of that oil filter cover.

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