Performed an oil and filter change service on the Ducati V2 and Aprilia RS 660 today. Ready for their first trackday of the season in a couple of weeks. The Aprilia was a cinch to work on. The Ducati, not so much, heh.
Had to buy a new torque wrench for the low rating on these, and took a while to work out you need to use two bolts to push the oil filter cover off the engine block on the Ducati. That was a little frustrating.
The Ducati has a loo-roll style filter that sits in the engine. Quite cool, but nowhere near as accessible as the simple, old fashioned Aprilia method. Got the Aprilia done in no time. It needed no more than the 2700ml of oil the specs state, bonus.
The V2 specs state 3.8L of oil needed, but it took 4 before showing below the minimum level after idling the engine. I’ll take it for a tootle round the block tomorrow to see if it needs running, not idling to get an accurate reading. Hesitant to add more in, in case I end up over filling it. That said, have ordered another litre, as I’m all out.
It’ll be fine, I’ve seen far larger masses of swarf hanging on a magnetic sump plug at the first service. Swap the sump plug for a non magnetic one and let the oil filter catch the swarf and you’ll be none the wiser. Trust in the tolerances of modern engineering and advancements in engine oil technology.
The problem I see with a mass of swarf hanging on a magnetic sump plug is if it should ever break free, which would mean a massive lump of abrasiveness swimming around and causing untold premature engine wear.
On the other hand if there wasn’t any swarf in the sump oil what would be the point in having a magnetic sump plug?