Originally Posted by bromberg
Thanks for the encouragement since I often get stuck in the middle of a project with that sinking feeling when the unexpected happens (or finish a project puzzled by an extra screw lying around :-).
Anyhow, assuming I can get the belly pan off and all goes well, when I put it back on will I hear a definitive snap-into-place to assure that all is aligned before I put back on the 2 hex-head bolts?
Also, by using Mobil 1 synthetic oil, how long can I go before my next oil/filter change? Living here in south FL I don't have dusty conditions and (since the roads are so boring) at best put on only a few thousand miles per year.
You'll know the belly pan is on properly when the rear tab is in the slot, the upper tab is in the slot, the rubber bottom mounts have slid into the slots and the holes line up for the hex bolts. It sounds complex but it is not. Just take your time and look closely at the items I just mentioned before you take it off and when it is removed to get a good idea how it all goes back together.
How often to change oil? That's another topic that gets attention with many varied opinions. It depends on a lot of things. I ride throughout the year putting about 10K miles on the K75 changing oil/filter about every 5K. If you ride and put your bike up for a couple of months during cooler weather then you may want to change it before putting it up regardless of the miles. Oil and filters are cheap compared to repairs.
If you have not looked through the forum for common maintenance/repairs for the classic K-bikes I recommend you do so. There is the spline lube, clutch cable (carry a spare and know how to replace it) and water pump seal among a few others things to watch. Anton Largiader has an easy procedure for the spline lube on his site -> K Spline Lube
. These are more complex than an oil change but necessary to keep your brick the reliable, smooth-running machine it is.
I've done all of these and followed the advice of carrying a spare clutch cable for years. This summer after returning from a 4000 mile trip to the midwest for the MOA Rally and a family visit it broke not but 15 miles from the house. With my spare cable I was back on the road in less than 30 minutes.