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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Commache,

I am willing to look at these also. I agree, seams the cheap tools tend to exactly that cheap, I have several, unfortunately.

Also read your reply in the G*** & Motorcycle forum post. Thank you for your service and glad you came out ahead with the two visitors to your shop. We need more like you.

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post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 07:24 PM
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The only type I've found to work well on a stuck filter is the strap type wrench, in steel. If that doesn't fit or do it then pretty much anything goes and it's probably screwdriver and hammer time.

The one I use is like this: http://www.arizonatools.com/band-and...tail/LIS53500/

If you order, just be sure you get the one that fits these smaller filters.

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I believe I got that tool same tool, and I like it, but the throw is limited because the oil sensor switch is in the way. I tried this tool and it grips well but I could not loosen the filter. It did crush the filter a bit, so maybe use this and the screwdriver would get it off.
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For the OEM filter you can get an exact fit "steel" cover oil remover that fits over top of the filter and you use a 3/8" ratchet to remove it. I found it to work great if you can get it on...tolerances are way too tight. The OEM one didn't fit an aftermarket one I purchased. They sell them in plastic as well...they don't work for removal...just keep slipping or crack.

I tried the spider ones, mine was without the rubber ends and that didn't work. Would just spin.

I tried many others but space is very limited and as such was unable to either get them on or enough room to remove the filter.

I ended up with the simple strap one. It's attached to the end of a square piece of straight pipe into which fits a 1/2" ratchet. This works great...simple and efficient. I use it as my "removal tool". I apply a new filter with the "plastic" cover type...fits a 3/8" ratchet. OK for installation at "torque" specifications.

As for filter replacement, I use the Fram replacement. Good quality and less expensive. I change my oil and filter frequently. I've had great results, no complaints.

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When you install the new filter, use some white lithium grease on the gasket. That will allow easy removal next time.

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This is what I use all the time. Actually just the big one. The little one stays in the house for the wife to open jars and such. http://www.lowes.com/pd_253674-16878...nch&facetInfo=

I have also taken a shop rag and put over the filter and then put a metal strap style one (the one that Whoaru99 mentioned). I had to do this on my wife's Mitsubishi Eclipse once. I actually started to pick my self up off the ground with my feet in the bumper. It finally broke loose like that.

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For the OEM filter you can get an exact fit "steel" cover oil remover that fits over top of the filter and you use a 3/8" ratchet to remove it. I found it to work great if you can get it on...tolerances are way too tight. The OEM one didn't fit an aftermarket one I purchased. They sell them in plastic as well...they don't work for removal...just keep slipping or crack...
I had the same experience. Bought a plastic cap type at the local auto parts store and it just spun around the filter. Ended up buying a metal cap type at the bike dealership, tapped it on (lightly) with a rubber mallet so that it seated snuggly on the filter and it worked great. When you put the new filter on make sure you torque it to the proper specification (and no more) and youíll be fine next time around.

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For the OEM filter you can get an exact fit "steel" cover oil remover that fits over top of the filter and you use a 3/8" ratchet to remove it. I found it to work great if you can get it on...tolerances are way too tight. The OEM one didn't fit an aftermarket one I purchased. They sell them in plastic as well...they don't work for removal...just keep slipping or crack.

I tried the spider ones, mine was without the rubber ends and that didn't work. Would just spin.

I tried many others but space is very limited and as such was unable to either get them on or enough room to remove the filter.

I ended up with the simple strap one. It's attached to the end of a square piece of straight pipe into which fits a 1/2" ratchet. This works great...simple and efficient. I use it as my "removal tool". I apply a new filter with the "plastic" cover type...fits a 3/8" ratchet. OK for installation at "torque" specifications.

As for filter replacement, I use the Fram replacement. Good quality and less expensive. I change my oil and filter frequently. I've had great results, no complaints.
I had a problem with the plastic cup slipping while taking off the original filter what I did what put a 1/4 sheet of sand paper in the cup. Tapped it onto the filter and it came right off.
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If I really need a tool, then I use a large pair of pliers that looks something like this:


I don't normally use it since I hand-tighten the filter and never had any leaks.
I grab the old filter and the new one and make them kiss each other on the rubber ring as I twist them clockwise/counter-clockwise (I know too much romance in the garage), that way the rubber on the new filter gets the proper amount of lubrication.
Afterward, I spin it on slowly until the filter makes contact with the engine and comes to a stop. At that point, I turn it (single hand) one full turn or until I can no longer turn it without turning purple (of course, whichever comes first).

I have used the same exact oil filter on 3 different make bikes and have been very happy: Hi-Flo 303
- 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
- 2006 Yamaha Vmax
- 2003 Honda NightHawk CB750
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That's pretty much my replacement technique too. Never have torqued or wrench tightened an auto or motorcycle filter. Tight as I can get it by hand, although I try for purple.
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