Don't even ask. Just RTFM and do whatever makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Friction Modifiers ("Energy Conserving")
Like many modern motorcycles, SabMags have wet clutches, which are bathed in the same motor oil that lubricates the engine and transmission. The friction modifiers in Energy Conserving motor oils can cause the clutch to slip. Do not use oils that are marked as "Energy Conserving". All motor oil products sold in the U.S. must show a seal that displays the oil's rating and if it is energy conserving.
Most list members buy oil filters a case at a time from on-line Honda OEM parts dealers.
You can find alternatives that are a lot cheaper and that fit on the bike, but unless you verify the flow rate and bypass pressure, you're on your own.
Also, from another list member: Wix now has a bonafide list of motorcycle models and related oil filters. The 1334 which was for the VFR is now for the VF/VFR's thru 1986. The Wix filter for the 90-current model VFR is 1358. The price is about half ($5.50 US) and readily available.
Other alternates for the Honda "small" filter:
- NAPA Gold: 1356
- BIG A: 92356
- Carquest: 85356
- Deutsch: D-370
- Fram: PH7317
- Motorcraft: FL822
- Purolator: L14620
- Wix: 51356
More Oil Filter alternatives:
- "small" Purolator (stock)(2.25") #14622
- next larger (3.2") #14610 or #14620
- stock size Purolator #14459
- Purolator #14460 is the #14459 with a 20 - 25 (not 12- 15) relief valve
- Fram- PH5046 may also work
Oil Filters Revealed (How different oil filters are made and who actually manufactures your filter)
Do not screw in the dipstick when checking oil.
Oil Dipstick Lengths:
One list member reports the following data (measured from the underside of the handle to the "full" mark)
- 1984 V65 Sabre - 152mm (one data point)
- 1984-85 V65 Magna - 157-158mm (three data points)
- V45 Magna - 147mm (two data points)
The manual describes checking oil pressure at the oil pressure light switch hole. The hole is metric thread just *slightly* smaller than 1/8" NPT. You need a male M12 x 1 to female 1/8 NPT adapter ('85 V65 Magna; check on other models). These adapters are sold by auto parts suppliers to enable oil pressure gauge installation on metric engines. You attach a mechanical oil pressure gauge (the kind that connects to the engine with small tubing) to the adapter. Some list members have oil pressure gauges permanently installed. See Tony Donisi's Oil Mod for a description of how he mounted a mechanical gauge.