Yamaha YXZ1000R Oil Change

When it comes to basic maintenance for any powersports vehicle, perhaps nothing is easier than changing the motor oil. 

However, the Yamaha YXZ1000R side-by-side uses a dry sump oil system, so this isn’t exactly a run-of-the-mill oil change. Yamaha says the oil in a YXZ1000R should be changed after every 160 hours or 1600 miles of use. But if you like to push your Yamaha UTV to the limit, you should change it more often. Watch our Yamaha YXZ1000R oil change video above and follow the steps below to get this oil change done. 

Tools and Parts Needed – Yamaha YXZ1000R Oil Change

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  • Oil filter
  • 15W50 synthetic oil (3x quarts)
  • Crush washers

NOTE: You can purchase the oil filter, oil and crush washers separately, but it’s cheaper to purchase the complete oil change kit.

Yamaha YXZ1000 UTV oil change

How to Change the Oil in a Yamaha YXZ1000R

Step 1. Run the engine for about a minute to warm the oil, which makes it less viscous and helps it drain faster.

Step 2. Remove the five stainless steel race fasteners holding the cover behind the seats, then remove the cover completely to access the oil tank.

Yamaha YXZ1000 UTV oil tank

PRO TIP: Clean away any dirt from the top of the oil tank and the cylinder head cover before starting the next steps to prevent debris from falling into the oil system or engine.

Step 3. Remove the dipstick from the oil tank, which allows the tank to breathe and also helps the oil drain faster.

Step 4. Remove the oil plug from the forward end of the cylinder head cover for the same reasons mentioned in the previous step. 

Yamaha YXZ1000 oil change

Step 5. Remove the bolts from the front and central skid plates under the vehicle, followed by the skids to access the oil filter and sump drain bolt.

Yamaha YXZ1000 side-by-side skid plates

Step 6. Position a drain pan under the engine, and remove the sump drain bolt and its crush washer using a 65mm oil filter wrench. 

NOTE: The Yamaha YXZ1000R uses a dry sump oil system, so not much oil will drain out.

Yamaha YZX1000R oil sump system

Step 7. Remove the three bolts holding the oil tank cover, followed by the cover itself.

Step 8. Position a drain pan under the oil tank, and remove the oil tank drain bolt and its crush washer. 

NOTE: The majority of the YXZ1000R’s oil is stored in the oil tank, so expect a couple of quarts to drain out.

Yamaha UTV oil change service

Step 9. Install a new crush washer (included in the oil change kit) on the oil tank drain bolt, then reinstall the bolt and torque it to 12 foot-pounds.

Step 10. Reinstall the oil plug into the forward end of the cylinder head cover.

Step 11. Install a new crush washer (included in the oil change kit) on the sump drain bolt, then reinstall the bolt and torque it to 7.2 foot-pounds.

Yamaha YXZ1000 oil drain bolts washers

Step 12. Lightly oil the O-ring on the new oil filter (included in the oil change kit), then install the filter and torque it to 12 foot-pounds.

Step 13. Reinstall the oil tank cover, and the front and central skid plates. 

Step 14. Fill the oil tank with 2 quarts of 15W50 synthetic oil, then reinstall the dipstick. Run the engine for about 15 seconds to circulate the oil within the oil system, then shut off the engine.

Yamaha side-by-side oil change

Step 15. Remove the dipstick, then add an additional 0.85 of a quart of oil and reinstall the dipstick.

Step 16. Run the engine on idle until it reaches operating temperature, then shut it off and let it sit for 3 minutes for the oil to settle.

Step 17. Remove the dipstick and check the oil level. Top off the oil if necessary and reinstall the dipstick.

Yamaha Yamalube synthetic oil change kit

PRO TIP: The oil change kit contains 5 quarts of oil, but the YXZ1000R only uses 2.85 quarts. You now have a couple of quarts of spare oil to top off the engine should it need it in future, or for your next oil change.

Step 18. Reinstall the cover behind the seats and you’re done.

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