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The first time I changed my oil, I overtightened the drain bolt and cracked the aluminum oil pan. The guys at the shop said their junior mechanics had done the same thing a couple times. Contact cement improved the leak but didn't fix it completely. I had the original drain hole filled and a new one drilled. It cost slightly less than a new oil pan.



Beware of the loose plug too. I watched a buddy quickly spew 4 litres of oil under his back tire when his drain plug popped out on a busy road. He almost lost control while traveling in a straight line. It popped out because the previous owner had stripped the plug threading, then taped over the plug with some high strength/low melting point tape - you know the one.





I haven't bucked up for the torque wrench yet, but it would certainly provide some peace of mind.
 

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Agreed. I loosen/tighten the filter by hand without removing any fairings (2001 GSXR). In fact, I don't even lift the bike. I leave it on its side stand, slip a paint tray under it and loosen the plug.
 
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