Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Auto parts stores have 12 mm oil drain plug gaskets. Aluminum, copper, fiber, nylon--all work well, but with aluminum threads I don't use copper--takes more torque to get to seal sometimes. You don't need Suzuki's crush washer, and it doesn't need to be changed every time.
The oil filter is relatively large for the size of the engine. The filter on my 4.7L V8 in my truck isn't much larger, and I run that 10,000 miles. I'm OK with 10k or 12k on the filter. Others replace every time. Whatever helps you sleep good at night.... The local shop has used thousands of Hiflo filters over the years without a problem. Their price is OK--HF138 is the model number. Hiflo makes the motorcycle oil filters for K&N, KN138, they're good, but I'm not sure they're worth any extra cost. WIX 51359 & NAPA 1359 also are good filters at OK prices. $5.88 from Fleetfilter.com; order a year's supply of all filters for the family fleet & friends to share the shipping cost.
I just put on a Gold Plug oil drain plug with a very strong magnet. This comes with an aluminum gasket. The original plug's magnet had no pull, and the Gold Plug magnet is very strong. I'll see how much iron & steel dust it picks up when I next change the oil. I've used similar drain plugs in cars, and they always have a lump of mud-looking iron dust on the end.
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Marcus Tullius Cicero
Last edited by PTRider; 05-09-2014 at 05:49 PM.