How to Change Honda VTX1800 Oil

The steps for changing the engine oil in a Honda motorcycle vary from model to model, but for just about every bike, an oil change is a pretty basic maintenance job. 

The VTX1800 has two oil drain plugs instead of the traditional single plug, but otherwise changing its oil is pretty straightforward. Watch the video above and follow the steps below to learn how to change the oil in a Honda VTX1800.

Honda VTX1800 oil change

Tools and Supplies - Honda VTX 1800 Oil Change Service

Honda HP4 10W-40 oil

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Honda VTX1800 Oil Change Service Steps

Step 1. Run the engine for a minute or two to warm up the oil and make it easier to drain.  

Step 2. Remove the fill cap to help the crankcase breathe as the oil drains. 

Honda VTX1800 oil change

Step 3. Place a drain pan underneath and remove both drain plugs with a 17mm socket. One plug is located under the engine, and the other at the front of the engine. 

Honda VTX1800 oil change drain bolt

Honda VTX1800 oil drain bolt

Step 4. Let the oil drain out, and remove the oil filter with an oil filter wrench. The filter is under the engine, not far from the drain bolt.  

Honda VTX1800 motorcycle oil change

Step 5. Install the new oil filter by first rubbing a little oil around the gasket at the open end of the filter, then getting the filter into place with the oil filter wrench and tightening it snug. 

Honda VTX1800 oil filter change

NOTE: Don’t over-tighten the oil filter.

Step 6. Replace the drain plugs, making sure they have their respective crush washers. Torque both drain bolts to 22 foot-pounds.

Honda VTX1800 motorcycle oil change service

Step 7. Pour in 3.5 quarts of HP4 synthetic 10W40 engine oil. The VTX1800 takes 4 quarts of oil, so check the oil after you pour in the first 3.5 quarts to see if the engine will take the last half quart. 

Honda VTX1800 oil change refill

Step 8. Replace the fill cap, then run the engine for a couple of minutes to circulate the oil. Next, shut the engine off and wait a couple of minutes for the oil to settle so you can get an accurate oil reading. 

Honda VTX1800 oil fill level

Step 9. Remove the fill cap/dipstick and wipe it dry. Replace the cap but don’t thread it in, just set it on the top of the case. Next, remove it again to check the level on the dipstick.

Honda VTX1800 oil change fill cap

If the oil level is low, top it off, then check it again by replacing the dipstick and pulling it out once more to make sure it’s good and you’re done.  

Honda VTX1800 oil change dipstick

Ready to change out the rear differential oil on your VTX1800 next? Watch the video below to see how to change the final drive fluid on a Honda VTX 1800 motorcycle