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9/28/2020
VIDEO: Indian Motorcycle 111/116 Oil Change

The engine oil and filter change procedure for Indian Motorcycle 111/116 models varies based on engine build date. Your Indian Springfield, Indian Vintage, Chief, Chieftain or Roadmaster has either a 5.5 quart or 6.0 quart engine.

Vehicles built before February 2019 are equipped with 5.5 quart engines. These motorcycles have shorter dipsticks. When installed, they show a silver ring on the crankcase, as shown below.

5.5 quart dipstick

Vehicles built February 2019 or later are equipped with a 6.0 quart engine. They feature a longer dipstick (shown below), which does not show a silver ring on the crankcase when installed.

6 quart dipstick

The build date for your motorcycle can be found on the Vehicle Identification label. This label can befound on the left side of the steering head, as shown below.

VIN location

The below videos detail the oil and filter change process for each size of engine.

Tools Required

When changing the oil on your Indian Motorcycle, always wear safety glasses and nitrile gloves. Always check and change the oil at the intervals outlined in the Periodic Maintenance Chart in your Owner's Manual.

5.5 Quart Oil Change

To change the oil and filter on your 5.5 quart engine, follow these steps:

1. Park the bike on a flat level surface

2. Start the engine and allow it to warm up at idle for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Stop the engine.

4. Remove any debris near the engine oil dipstick and remove the oil dipstick.

5. Clean the area around the oil drain plugs.

6. Place a drain pan under the engine crankcase. Tip: Place a rag in the bottom of the drain pan to prevent the splashing of oil.

7. Remove both drain plugs and sealing washers and allow the oil to drain completely.

8. While the oil is draining, remove the engine oil filter with a 2.5-inch (64mm) oil filter wrench.

9. Using a clean dry cloth, clean the filter sealing surface on the crankcase. Make sure the old filter O-ring is completely removed.

10. Lubricate the O-ring on the new filter with a film of fresh engine oil. Ensure the O-ring is in good condition.

11. Install the new filter and rotate it clockwise by hand until the filter gasket contacts the sealing surface, and then turn it an additional ¾ of a turn.

12. Inspect the drain plugs and sealing surfaces. Install new sealing washers on the drain plugs. Notice: The sealing surfaces on the drain plug and crankcase should be clean and free of burrs, nicks or scratches.

13. Clean the sealing surfaces and reinstall the drain plugs. Torque to 15 ft-lbs (20 Nm).

14. Wipe up any residual oil on the vehicle.

15. Fill the engine with 4.5 quarts of oil through the oil dipstick hole.

16. Reinstall the oil dipstick.

17. Start the engine and run at varying speeds up to 2,500 RPM for three minutes.

18. Stop the engine and inspect for leaks. 

19. Add the additional quart of oil to bring the oil level between the ADD and FULL marks. Do not add oil if the oil level is between ADD and FULL marks. Caution: Overfilling can result in loss of engine performance and an oil-saturated air filter. Use a suction device to remove excess oil if overfilled.

20. Start the engine and allow it to run until operating temperature is reached.

21. Stop the engine and wait 1 to 2 minutes.

22. With the aid of an assistant, stand the bike upright. 

23. Remove the dipstick, wipe with a clean shop rag, and reinstall until fully threaded in. Remove the dipstick again and check the oil level. Ensure the oil level is between the ADD and FULL marks. Do not add oil if the level is between the ADD and FULL marks. Notice: The oil level must be checked with the bike upright and not on the sidestand for an accurate reading.

24. Wipe up any residual oil that may have collected on vehicle components. 

25. Dispose of the used oil and filter properly.

6.0 Quart Oil Change

To change the oil and filter on your 6.0 quart engine, follow these steps:

1. Park the bike on a flat level surface.

2. Change the engine oil and filter when the engine is warm. If the engine is cold, start the engine and allow it to reach operating temperature.

3. Stop the engine.

4. Remove any debris near the engine oil dipstick and remove the oil dipstick.

5. Clean the area around the oil drain plugs.

6. Place a drain pan under the engine crankcase. Tip: Place a rag in the bottom of the drain pan to prevent the splashing of oil.

7. Remove the drain plugs and allow the oil to drain completely.

8. While the oil is draining, remove the engine oil filter with a 2.5 inch (64 mm) oil filter wrench.

9. Using a clean dry cloth, clean the filter sealing surface on the crankcase. Make sure the old filter O-ring is completely removed.

10. Lubricate the O-ring on the new filter with a film of fresh engine oil. Ensure the O-ring is in good condition.

11. Install the new filter and rotate it clockwise by hand until the filter gasket contacts the sealing surface, and then turn it an additional ¾ of a turn.

12. Inspect the drain plugs and sealing surfaces. Install new sealing washers on the drain plugs. Notice: The sealing surfaces on the drain plug and crankcase should be clean and free of burrs, nicks or scratches.

13. Clean the sealing surfaces on the engine and reinstall the drain plug. Torque to 15 ft-lbs (20 Nm).

14. Wipe up any residual oil on the vehicle.

15. Fill the engine with 4.5 quarts of oil through the oil dipstick hole.

16. Reinstall the oil dipstick.

17. Start the engine and allow it to idle for 30 seconds.

18. Stop the engine and inspect for leaks. 

19. Add the additional 1.5 quarts of oil to bring the oil level between the ADD and FULL marks. Do not add oil if oil level is between add and fill marks. Caution: Overfilling can result in loss of engine performance and an oil-saturated air filter. Use a suction device to remove excess oil if overfilled.

20. With the aid of an assistant, stand the bike upright.

21. Start the engine and allow to idle for 30 seconds.

22. Remove the dipstick, wipe clean and reinstall until fully threaded in. Remove the dipstick again and check the oil level. Ensure the oil level is between the ADD and FULL marks. Do not add oil if the level is between the ADD and FULL marks. Notice: The oil level must be checked with the bike upright and not on the side stand for an accurate reading.

23. Wipe up any residual oil that may have collected on vehicle components. 

24. Dispose of the used oil and filter properly.

Helpful Part Numbers
The oil change kit, which includes 5.5 quarts of oil, an oil filter and two sealing washers, is part number 2880067.
A quart of Indian Motorcycle Full Synthetic 15W60 Motor Oil is part number 2880187.
A quart of Indian Motorcycle Semi-Synthetic 20W40 Motor Oil is part number 2880012.
The filter is part number 2521421.
The sealing washer is part number 5812232.

Resetting the Oil Change Interval
After changing the oil and filter on a Chieftain or Roadmaster, reset the oil change life on the Ride Command display.

To reset the oil change life on a model year 2020 or newer Ride Command display, follow these steps:

1. Access the drop-down menu by touching the Indian Motorcycle logo at the top of the display. Then select ALL SETTINGS.

Step 1

2. Navigate to the VEHICLE tab.

Step 2

3. Select OIL LIFE / SERVICE.

Step 3

4. The Oil Life/Service screen will tell you how many miles are remaining before an oil and filter change is recommended. To reset the oil life, select RESET.

Step 4

5. Confirm the oil life reset by selecting RESET.

Step 5

To reset the oil change life on a model year 2019 or older Ride Command display, follow these steps:

1. Access the drop-down menu by touching the Indian Motorcycle logo at the top of the display. Then touch the settings button in the upper-right-hand corner of the display.

Step 1

2. Select the VEHICLE menu.

Step 2

3. From the Vehicle Settings menu, touch the reset button.

Step 3

4. Confirm that you wish to reset the oil life.

Step 4

Helpful Links
For more information, see your authorized Indian Motorcycle Dealer. Find a dealer near you with the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.