Originally Posted by area51racer
I like Rigor's oil change method. In my transmission project I had to remove the oil pan to do the work. I was shocked to see how many large metal shavings were sitting in the oil pan, right by the drain plug but never actually pour out during an oil change. A few large shavings is a good sign that there are tons more right behind them. Oil pans on the RC do not have a perishable gasket and are really easy to remove and put back on. If you ever have any doubt, remove the oil pan and clean out all the shavings and do the same to the oil pickup screen because that is where they all like to go, eventually. This is a good before or after the season task that shouldn't take more than half a rainy/snowy afternoon and all you have to do is apply some new liquid gasket and bolt it back up. After what I saw in my race motor's oil pan, I am thinking about dropping the pan on my street bike sometime in the future just to have piece of mind.
I'd also reccomend sticking a magnet in the pan if there isn't one in there already, just to keep those shavings from circulating back through the crankcase.