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Old 12-12-2012, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was reading thru the service manual on changing the oil filter and it said to tighten it with a "special wrench tool" Does the bike come with it or do you have to go buy it? Also, any good oil you can recommend? thanks guys!
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Yes you will need the wrench to both loosen as well as tighten the oil filter if you want to use OEM filters.

In case you are planning to use K and N filters, they come with a nut on top of the filter so u can use just a spanner. In that particular situation, u can ram a screw driver through the oil filter to turn and loosen the filter then hand turn it and remove it. But be ready for a mess.

Oil is your wish what you can find. Make sure its 4 stroke oil and bike oil not automotive oil. You can use automotive oil but its a huge debate whether its good for ur bike or not.
Personal i think 10W-40 4 stroke, Semi synthetic with SL rating is the safe choice.
You can go for fully synthetic, that will last you longer and be a quieter ride but the oil doesnt come cheap.

If you have a new bike, go for thinner oils. Old bike, a little thicker oils.
Plus keep in mind what termperatures you will be using the bike. Get that particular number oils

End of the day, your choice. You wont harm the engine by using the wrong oil. Unless you put gear oil in it .
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I remove my filter with the specifc squeeze style wrench tool and spin the new one on by hand. I tighten by hand only till I cannot turn it any more. You should never over tighten the filter.
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I was reading thru the service manual on changing the oil filter and it said to tighten it with a "special wrench tool" Does the bike come with it or do you have to go buy it? Also, any good oil you can recommend? thanks guys!
It's a cap type wrench and no they don't come with the bike although you might be able to have them throw one in. As for the oil question I'm not getting into that debate. Just use common sense as it's not rocket science.
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the oil filter wrench for OEM was $7 at the local stealership (they had a box of them under the counter like forgotten party favors)
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I hand tighten then give a "snug" with a wide open channel locks. No special tool needed.

Over tightening can cause a leak by pinching or tearing the gasket. Oh, don't forget to rub some oil on the gasket before spinning it on.

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hand tighten only...hand tighten only....hand tighten only....hand tighten only....
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I hand tighten my oil filter then take it off with a rubber strap style oil filter wrench.
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hand tighten only...hand tighten only....hand tighten only....hand tighten only....
I used to do that, but found that with the angle underneath the bike I couldn't get it tight enough & a tiny bit of oil would drip.

Just a little, tiny, eensy, weensy snug with the channel locks prevents that.

YMMV.
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I've always hand tightened oil filters on all vehicles and have never had any problem with leaks or removing the filter. The worst case was a new vehicle where the filter was put on dry at the factory. I had to tear that filter apart to get it off!
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