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Old 10-14-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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Oil Filter Change/Maybe this will help

I don't know about anyone else, But I have always struggled getting the two bolts back in that secure the bottom of the radiator after changing the oil filter when the engine is hot. Yesterday I drained all the hot oil, but waited until today to put it back together. The bolts went back in with no issue. I can only guess it is because the metal was cool and everything lined up better that way. Hope this helps someone else.

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Buy a jack and you dont have to remove the bolts anymore. I have never removed the bolts.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:58 PM   #3
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Don't need a jack, don't need to loosen the two bottom bolts, just need the correct filter wrench (cap style) for the stock filters.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:50 AM   #4
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Don't need a jack, don't need to loosen the two bottom bolts, just need the correct filter wrench (cap style) for the stock filters.
Not so if you have a big hand. I wear the largest glove size out there, size 11. Even using a lift and a cap syle filter wrench, I can't squeeze my big mit in that small space to get the new filter to engage the first few threads. It is way too easy to unscrew the bottom of the radiator so you have some room to work. I won't risk cross threading that filter just to save that step.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:57 AM   #5
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I just use an extension on my socket wrench with an oil filter wrench. Comes off nice and easy with no hassle. I don't remove the radiator bolts or jack it up either.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:12 PM   #6
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I just use an extension on my socket wrench with an oil filter wrench. Comes off nice and easy with no hassle. I don't remove the radiator bolts or jack it up either.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:14 PM   #7
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I just use an extension on my socket wrench with an oil filter wrench. Comes off nice and easy with no hassle. I don't remove the radiator bolts or jack it up either.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:53 PM   #8
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I jack it up just to give me extra wiggle room under the bike. But make sure that the oil plug it clear of the cross member on the jack or it will be a friggin mess. Now I place the jack on the pan of an old dog crate whenever I am working with fluids. Learned the hard way it a lot easier to hose off a pan, then to clean the garage floor.
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:57 PM   #9
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Don't need a jack, don't need to loosen the two bottom bolts, just need the correct filter wrench (cap style) for the stock filters.
Same here. I have big hands, but can thread the filter on. QMAN had a great tip - drain the night before. In the morning, install the plug, change the filter, fill, and go! Joe
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:13 PM   #10
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I jack it up just to give me extra wiggle room under the bike. But make sure that the oil plug it clear of the cross member on the jack or it will be a friggin mess. Now I place the jack on the pan of an old dog crate whenever I am working with fluids. Learned the hard way it a lot easier to hose off a pan, then to clean the garage floor.
I jack it up all the way so I can lift the backend until the front tire touches the ground and drain out as much oil as possible.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:07 AM   #11
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I ended up taking the bolts off AND jacking it up, but that is because the old filter was torqued on by the idiot who changed it before me. I tried repeatedly to turn that thing off of there with brute force.

It was on so tight that I had to go buy some oil filter pliers from Auto Zone. I love those things. The cap style filter wrench stripped out on the filter, but the pliers man-handled that thing out of there with no problems. For $10, I don't think I will ever have a garage without those pliers again.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:42 AM   #12
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http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-o...1&blockType=L1

You can also find these in large and small sizes at places like Auto Zone.

To get the back end up, I just located the jack as far back as possible...it lifts the back end up while the front tire stays on the floor...
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http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-o...1&blockType=L1

You can also find these in large and small sizes at places like Auto Zone.

To get the back end up, I just located the jack as far back as possible...it lifts the back end up while the front tire stays on the floor...
The problem with those is getting them around the filter in that space. The pliers definitely rocked for this job.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:09 PM   #14
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They worked just fine for me....
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:15 PM   #15
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Just stab the old filter with a screwdriver, makes a good lever. Job done!

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