the Factory Fill Your Oil!
one really enjoys it and yet all of us have to do
it or suffer the consequences. Changing the oil has
never been fun, but with the Honda CRF it's twice
the pain. Basically, changing the oil in one CRF is
equivalent to changing the oil in two bikes! We covered
getting the oil out in the ManFunnel review and now
we are going to show you how to get the oil back in...using
the Factory Fill.
what's the big deal about getting the oil back in
the engine and transmission? Well, for one, each takes
a different amount and it's not a full quart in either.
The engine at draining requires .66 liter (.70 US
qt.) and transmission at draining requires .59 liter
(.62 US qt.). For another, many owners like to run
different oils in the engine and transmission.
Billy Who http://www.billywho.com
Kit is for the Honda CRF450R, CRF450X, CRF250R,
Factory Fill Honda CRF Kit from BillyWho, comes with
two bottles, one for the engine and the other for
the transmission. Each of these has specific oil level
markings to indicate the proper oil level for your
application. It even shows the proper engine level
with or without a filter change. No big deal it's
in the owner's manual after all right? Sure, but you
have to get that out, find the right page for that
information. Having it right on the measuring bottle
is a great "effort" saver if not time saver.
you were to test the level markings with water you'd
find they are a bit "fat". The reason is
oil tends to stick to the sides of any measuring device.
Most measure fluid as an exact amount as if you could
actually get all of that fluid out. No one has that
much time for that last drop of oil to drip out. BillyWho
took this into consideration and increased the level
markings to save you that time. Does it work? Absolutely.
We used the Factory Fill to fill both the engine and
transmission with oil and then checked the levels.
They were spot on.
oil levels on the bottle and label make putting
in the correct amount of oil "Manual-Free"
levels account for the oil that adheres to
the sides of the container. This means you
don't have to weight until the last drop falls
to call it "good"
for storing and changing oil at the track
or riding area.
is your measuring, storing, and funnel in
one. Just grab and go!
with a cap for the tube to keep dirt from
collecting and contaminating the next oil
off valve in cap
Factory Fill is easy to use. Just fill to the appropriate
level and insert the tube into the oil fill opening
and squeeze the bottle forcing the oil out of the
bottle. Squeezing the bottle does take some effort.
In fact, it takes enough effort that you'll find yourself
wishing the oil would move faster. The reality is
it moves pretty well if it weren't for the amount
of effort you have to use to make it move. In a clean
environment I actually find it easier and faster to
just remove the cap from the Factory Fill bottle and
pour it in using the ManFunnel. At the track or riding
area I would keep the cap on to avoid dust and dirt
from getting in the oil.
using the Factory Fill, I refill it to the proper
level for the next use. They are great to take with
you on extended riding trips or if you'll be putting
in a full day of practice at the track and need to
change the oil mid-day.
Factory Fill can definitely help reduce the time and
mess normally incurred while changing the oil. These
bottles serve four functions really. One, they are
your capacity guide (read: no need for the manual).
Two, they are your measuring device. Three, they are
your funnel. Fourth, they can store your oil for the
next change. Grab them and go and you have everything
you need to cleanly and accurately fill up your oil
after a draining.
a bonus, the included tube cap keeps the oil residue
from collecting dirt which eliminates the possibility
of contamination during your next oil change. Which
means you don't need to wipe anything out with paper
towels or store anything in a zip-lock bag.
it make changing the oil fun? Absolutely not..but,
it does make it quick, clean, and accurate. All of
which make this routine maintenance task less of a
don't come pre-applied
some effort to squeeze the oil out
factory team doesn't actually fill your oil
for you, well unless you fast enough to be
an actual factory rider
Only Staff Review, February 2005
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