Sunday, April 30, 2023

Ducati Diavel Titanium Edition - Maintenance

Wanted to get all the maintenance up to speed. The Diavel calls for new timing belts at 15k miles or 5 years whichever comes first. Bike has less than 6k miles on it but it's a 2015 so at 8 years and no history of it being done figured it's due. It might have snow balled into other 'while I'm in there might as well' maintenance items. 

This is a list of everything I had planned on doing:    
    - Timing Belts
    - Thermostat
    - Coolant
    - Air Filter
    - Spark plugs
    - Polish displays and PPF them
    - Deep clean and condition
    - Clean, prep and refinish the exhaust
    - Oil & filter change
    - Clean and lube chain
    - Adjust chain tension
    - Flush Front and Rear Brake Fluid
    - Flush Clutch Fluid

Followed the manual to replace everything. For the timing belt I used an app called Frequency Measurement App by JonyM for android. I tried multiple apps but liked this the best.  

Best way I found to do the thermostat was to remove the coolant line that runs vertically into the thermostat from the connector under the seat. 

After that is done, the horizontal left and right lines running into the thermostat can be undone. The thermostat can then be pulled down and the vertical line into the thermostat can be undone. Reverse steps to install the new thermostat. 

Filled up the radiator and overflow tank, cranked up the bike and let it warm up. The coolant cycles through and while the bike is warm I did an oil and filter change. After the bike cools down, check and top off coolant. 

Next up was addressing the brake and clutch fluid. The reservoir cap had some paint peeling so decided to sand off the the edges of the aluminum covers. I used 180 grit sand paper and moved up to 220, 400 and 600 came out pretty well.   

Used a power brake bleeder which made things a lot easier.

Service manual calls for wheel removal and slip the caliper from the bottom of the rotor to the top. This is so that air can travel to the top for bleeding. Manual was also referring to a manual bleed method where you press on the brakes a couple of times and then while holding the brake down crack the bleed valve. I'm not sure if these steps were necessary when using a power bleeder but I did it anyway, better safe than sorry. I zip tied the front and rear brake levers to the engaged positions so as to give any air to escape over time.  

Going to give a good detail on the bike, clean, lube and adjust chain and then I should be good to go on the maintenance front for now I believe. 

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