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    More metal in oil woes

    Lurker now a member. Picked up a 2004 with 2800 miles and most were on road. Bike has seen limited use in last few years. Changed the old to find what looks to be aluminum flakes in the strainer and filter. Ideas on the source? I'm baffled at the presence of flakes at this mileage.
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    Don't sweat it, unless you know for sure that the oil has been changed 3 or 4 times before you got the bike. That is pretty typical for the first few oil changes.

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    Yaaaaaa it drives me crazy every time I change my oil and it never seems to end.

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    Same here. Scared me on the first oil change. I had to go on here to discover its normal.

    Second time was way better. Third time was clean.
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    Probably due to the PO not changing the oil, but I would look again in 500 miles. No need to change the oil then unless the filter has that much metal again. For most people 1,000 mile intervals are reasonable.
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    That's really not that uncommon, especially on the first few oil changes, any who knows when/if the previous owner changed the oil. I wouldn't worry about it. TW engines "blowing up" are virtually unheard of, and can almost always be traced to someone putting the wrong oil filter in, which wipes out the cam lobes and eventually locks up the engine via the cam bushings seizing. Make sure the filter has 4 small holes in one side. If there are only 2 or none, it's the wrong filter. There's been numerous cases of people getting the wrong filter at the dealer or the wrong filter in the right box.
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    The chunks will get smaller with each oil change
    Go like hell, You'll get there quicker!

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    Thanks for all the replies. I will try to ignore my inner voice saying '"metal in oil is not normal" and just keep riding and changing the oil. The filter I took out and the replacement are both the 4x hole variant..sorted that with the help of the forum.
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    Metal in the oil is normal during break-in is normal for these old technology engines....it is NOT normal after 1,500 miles!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyTFS View Post
    Metal in the oil is normal during break-in is normal for these old technology engines....it is NOT normal after 1,500 miles!
    Assuming the oil changes were done in a timely manner.
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