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post #1 of 14 Old 03-31-2006, 04:09 PM
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The $2.99 Oil Filter removal (and installer) tool

I called the local dealer, DGY in Westmont IL, and asked if they had the oil filter socket tools for the V-Strom.
Parts guy (I have some OTHER names for him) stated, "yeah, we have that."
Drive to dealership only to find they DO NOT have aftermarket filter socket, nor do they have the OEM Suzuki tool.

The search is on!

All winter I would go in every auto parts store, with filter in hand, trying on different manufacture's filter sockets.

Second trip to PEP Boys, just to see if anything changed.
They had taken on a new line of these oil filter sockets from "Right-Fit"
and there it was Manufacture P/N: A-256, everything their name implies.
All for $2.99 plus tax.
If you don't have a PEP Boys auto store near you, try them online.
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I got lucky and found one after the second store I looked in. Just make sure it's a metal one, not plastic! The plastic ones are crap because they will bind up on the filter making it really hard to remove it once the filter is off (or on)!

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I just use a pair of slip-joint filter pliers to get the old one off. To get the new one on, I use a five digit adjustable grasper, a.k.a. my hand. IMO, the filter does not need to be tighter than my hand can get it.

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How many turns, after the gasket contacts, can you turn the filter by hand?

With a car filter I only turn it about 3/4 of a turn. With the bike filter however they recommend 2 turns, but I only tighten it about 1.75 turns.

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I just use a pair of slip-joint filter pliers to get the old one off. To get the new one on, I use a five digit adjustable grasper, a.k.a. my hand. IMO, the filter does not need to be tighter than my hand can get it.
Very surprised that you haven't sprung any leaks yet! :shock: The OEM filters need to really be torqued down. I have the Suzuki filter wrench tool...it works like a charm! :wink:

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Re: The $2.99 Oil Filter removal (and installer) tool

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I called the local dealer, DGY in Westmont IL, and asked if they had the oil filter socket tools for the V-Strom.
Parts guy (I have some OTHER names for him) stated, "yeah, we have that."
Drive to dealership only to find they DO NOT have aftermarket filter socket, nor do they have the OEM Suzuki tool.
I know this is not the place for it but I have dealt with DGY in Downers Grove, IL and they are pitiful. Wasted more of my time than I care to admit.
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Every time I change it, I need a set of 18" channel locks to get the filter loose, whether I tighten it per instructions or not. The gasket adheres to the seat, but once it is free the filter spins right off.
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I have always put my filters on hand tight, and never had one leak. Maybe I've just lead a charmed life. The others were Yamahas, Kawasakis and John Deeres. First Suzuki, so we'll see.
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The OEM filters with the O ring style sealing gasket take 2 turns to tighten. The aftermarket filters with the flat gasket get 3/4 turn after contact with mating surface.

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The OEM filters with the O ring style sealing gasket take 2 turns to tighten. The aftermarket filters with the flat gasket get 3/4 turn after contact with mating surface.
No offense, but I call "Bull" on that one. People - this isn't new technology, we've all been using screw-on filters for decades in other vehicles. A bunch of them were o-ring style, and the "as tight as you could get it without a wrench" was the correct answer.

I use a strap wrench to get the Zuke oil filter off - no problem. Putting a new filter on, once the seal touched it's mating surface, by hand I could get just over one turn - since this is a new bike, I used the strap wrench to get about half a turn more - and I doubt it really needed it.

I guess if it makes you happy to do 2 full turns have at it - but I just don't see the need.

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