Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Garland, Texas, USA
Let me follow-up my response with a couple of other bullet items so as to provide a more complete answer.
First of all, note the fluid fill amount is 180 ml and not 230 ml as I had been using. Again, hats off to Ken for sharing that information.
Secondly, I'm a big proponent of doing things correctly. My friends & family will likely tell you I lean heavily toward the OCD side of things. Having said that, I don't adhere to the new crush washer every time I touch one during a maintenance procedure. Again, use your head and if the washer pertains to an integral part of the bike where the owner's manual highly recommends it, then yes use a new one. If the washer you're removing is badly disfigured, time for a new one. In general however, relative to the washer used for the fill plug I don't think I've installed a new one in three changes of FD fluid. That's not to say I won't next time. And while my GT isn't a pampered garage queen by any means, I do keep the FD and rear wheel area pretty clean so as to easily notice any leaking red fluid. Can't be too careful when it comes to these suspect final drives as I'm not too keen being stuck in the middle of BFE with an issue.
Sorry for the soapbox but I wanted to add those points.