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So on another forum that I used to frequent when I had my Kawasaki Voyager XII several long time riders always suggested putting some seafoam into the oil and running the bike till up to temperature before doing a change. Is that something that is recommended here? I was bad and did not do the oil change before I put the bike to bed last fall and I will be doing this right away.

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There isn't a solid yes or no answer to this. It depends on the engine, age, miles, etc.

This write-up from Amsoil might shed some light so you can make an informed decision.

https://blog.amsoil.com/is-an-engine-flush-good-or-bad/

If you do decide to flush it; I would recommend this product. I think Seafoam is overrated by a lot.



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I read the label on a can of Seafoam I have and they recommend 1 oz. per quart in the oil. I have never done that, so no report.

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Ya, it seems that it is being used. I'm just wondering if anyone here has?

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Just because you read something on the net doesn't mean you should do it. Follow what your owners manual tells you to do and you will be fine.
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So on another forum that I used to frequent when I had my Kawasaki Voyager XII several long time riders always suggested putting some seafoam into the oil and running the bike till up to temperature before doing a change. Is that something that is recommended here? I was bad and did not do the oil change before I put the bike to bed last fall and I will be doing this right away.

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I don't "Seafoam" my engine oil before a change. But I do add it before I put my XC away for winter storage. Let me say, I do oil changes at ~5k mile intervals, where ever they fall is when I do the change. I put the bike away last Nov with ~3200 miles on the oil, I put 4oz of SeaFoam in the oil(and 6oz, in a full tank of fuel) ran the bike a few miles then put it up for the winter on a trickle charger. It fired up immediately on taking out this year(as it always does ) and it is running fine. I'll do an oil and filter change at the 5k mark but won't add any SeaFoam until the end of the year, just prior to storage.
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Thank you, Thats the info I was looking for. Do you recommend warming up the oil before changing it? (running the bike) I was planning to do a flush with some extra oil I have anyhow.

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Thank you, Thats the info I was looking for. Do you recommend warming up the oil before changing it? (running the bike) I was planning to do a flush with some extra oil I have anyhow.
Always warm the engine\oil before changing
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It's best to drain the oil after returning from a LONG ride when the oil is at its hottest and all the crud is in suspension and not settled.
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It's best to drain the oil after returning from a LONG ride when the oil is at its hottest and all the crud is in suspension and not settled.
Just be careful not to burn your hand on the hot train plug or oil as I have.
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