Shaft drive systems are easy and reliable, but contrary to popular belief, they do require maintenance every few years. Here’s how to change the Honda Fury shaft drive oil.
Good news, changing the oil on a shaft drive motorcycle like the Honda Fury is really simple. Even if all you have are basic tools, you can easily do this work yourself. Here’s how to change your shaft drive oil on the Honda Fury as per Honda’s own service manual, and what you’ll need to do it.
Here’s how to change the shaft drive fluid on your Honda Fury in a few simple steps:
- Open the shaft drive fill cap
- Remove the shaft drive drain bolt
- Replace the shaft drive drain bolt
- Refill with hypoid gear oil
- Replace the shaft drive fill cap
There are a few more details around torque and oil specifications, and replacing washers, but that’s essentially all there is to it. Changing your shaft drive oil on a Honda Fury is easier than changing the engine oil and filter.
Here’s what you need to change your Honda Fury shaft drive oil:
- 6 mm hex socket bit
- 17 mm socket bit + socket wrench
- Torque wrench capable of 17 Nm
- Hypoid Gear Oil 80w90
- Drain pan
Most motorcycle mechanics agree that your shaft drive fluid should be flushed every two years or every 8,000 miles (about 12,900 km), whichever comes first. If it’s been more than two years since your Honda Fury’s last shaft drive oil change you should watch this video or read along and we’ll go over it step by step so you can save your money by doing it yourself.
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How to change your Honda Fury shaft drive oil
Before you get started, your motorcycle should be warm and perfectly upright. A warm bike means your fluids will drain out faster, and will be less likely to have fluid or debris staying inside of Honda Fury.
Your Honda Fury is designed be drained from an upright position, otherwise it won’t drain completely. Use a vice, a wheel chock, or just have a friend sit on your motorcycle and hold it upright while you do the work.
Step 1: Remove the oil filler cap
The first step is to remove the oil filler cap, shown in the picture below. We always remove filler caps before drain plugs so that if we discover the cap is seized, we aren’t stuck with a vehicle with no fluid. In order to take off your filler cap you’ll need to use a 17 mm bit and a socket wrench.
Make sure that the little black rubber washer (o-ring) came off with the filler cap and isn’t still stuck on your Honda Fury. Honda’s service manual suggests replacing the o-ring but if it looks to be in good clean and in good shape you can just lubricate it and re-use it.
Step 2: Remove the drain plug
To remove the drain plug you can either use a 6mm socket bit and socket wrench, or just a 6 mm hex key. If the last person who flushed your Fury’s shaft drive oil did the job correctly, your drain bolt shouldn’t be on too tight.
You don’t need too big of a drain pan, as only about 130 ml (4.4 US oz) should drain out. Once again, make sure that the o-ring comes out with the drain plug and isn’t stuck to your Honda Fury. Note that Honda’s service manual recommends replacing the o-ring, which you may want to do depending on what kind of shape it’s in.
Step 3: Replace the oil drain plug
Once your fluid is done draining, you’ll want to replace the drain plug. Whether or not you replaced your o-ring, you should lubricate it with some fresh Hypoid 80w90 Gear Oil. This will stop the new drain plug from getting stuck to your Fury.
Next you’ll replace the drain plug, starting by hand and then torqueing it to 12 Nm (9 lb. ft.). Some people go “by feel”, but even an inexpensive torque wrench guarantees 99% accuracy, which, when tested, is more accurate than the feels of many DIY’ers. Professional mechanics need not apply here, but then again, if you’re a professional mechanic, why would you be looking up such a simple service?
Step 4: Refill the Honda Fury’s final drive oil
Once your final drive oil drain plug is back in place and torqued to spec, we can refill the Honda Fury with 130 ml (4.4 US oz) of SAE 80w90 Hypoid Gear Oil. I’ve linked to the best prices I could find for all parts used in this service, including the right oil for your Fury.
You don’t have to worry about how much exactly to put in, because Honda’s service manual says to “Fill the recommended final drive oil through the oil filler hole until it reaches the lower edge of the filler hole.” In other words, you can fill it until it starts to overflow, and then wipe up any excess.
Step 5: Put the final drive oil filler cap back on
When you’re done, you can put the shaft drive oil filler cap back on. Start by hand tightening your filler cap, and then grab your torque wrench and 17 mm socket bit.
Torque the fill cap to 12 Nm (9 lb. ft.), the same as you did the oil drain plug. You might find a bit more overfill spilling out, so wipe it up with a clean rag.
Congratulations on replacing your own shaft drive oil / final drive oil on your Honda Fury. It’s pretty easy isn’t? There’s no filter to replace, hypoid gear oil is pretty cheap, and this whole process takes less than 15 minutes and saves you about $50-$100 USD at the dealership every few years.
This is one of a handful of articles on the Honda Fury coming out this season, including a Honda Fury review, and still-to-come Honda Fury oil change how-to, and a Honda Fury brake fluid flush how-to.
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