Oil Filter Changing Fun - Not
Oil changes are easy and changing the filter is also very easy. Most of the time. As we all know, the factory says to really crank on the filter - two turns after "contact" and there are lots of threads about wrenches to do the job. Of course, I have been following those directions like a good boy.
This time, as I was removing the oil filter (an "EMGO" - what the dealer had and promised was perfect for the job..) I put on my filter wrench (from Cycle Gear - fits perfectly) and start to unscrew. It takes a little force but starts to move. After several revolutions, I determine that I am not getting anywhere. The "can" of the filter body is moving inside of the flange of the spin-on mounting plate!
To make a long story short and spare the innocent of my feelings, I bought a big (18") Stilson wrench - also known as a pipe or monkey wrench. Quite unsophisticated - and cheap. The flange of the filter is slightly larger that the mounting surface (yay!) and after removing the oil pressure sender for clearance, the big wrench can fit in and get a good grip on the flange. It gets the good grip by digging into the flange so I had to be careful not to get a grip in the engine! After a fraction of a turn, I could resort to turning the body of the filter with the regular wrench. I am really glad I didn't have to resort to some sort of mayhem like detroying the filter to get to the mounting plate from the inside.
The rest of the oil change went without incident.
So if this happens to you - don't panic or go the the dealer that sold you the shitty filter (that day), just get some old fashioned tools and have at it.
2004 dl650-the urban warrior.
2007 R1200RT - the highway beast