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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2009, 10:58 am Thread Starter
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Oil filter

Wow spent 4 hours trying to change the filter on the 07/1200Gt then got pissed and drove the screw driver through it 3 times before i could get it loose. Help please, is there an easier way. Thanks Mike MacK
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2009, 11:12 am
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You can buy some pretty expensive BMW oil filter socket wrenches, but you have to remove the shifter plate to get in there. Many of us just use a set of oil filter pliers found at any auto parts store instead. The Channellock 209 9-Inch Oil Filter and PVC Pliers work well and cost around $15.

Oh, and use some aluminum foil or old cardboard to keep stray oil from running onto the exhaust pipes.

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Mike and Meese, I think someone used an impact wrench on my filter at the last dealer oil change. I went ahead and removed the shifter assembly to get at it with a pair of channel locks but it was to say the least a real pain in the a$%^. I've since purchased a universal rubber strap type filter wrench that works great. What ever happened to "Hand tighten until snug, then go another 3/4 turn" ?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2009, 1:51 pm Thread Starter
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thanks guys

I'll be purchasing a set before the next change. Thanks again guys mike
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2009, 3:56 pm
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I think this is one of the many reasons I enjoy working on my own bike so much. When I changed the oil for the first time I had to use a good amount of C4 to get the OEM filter off. Now, with minor effort using the aforementioned Channellocks, the filter spins right off with nary a problem.

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The channel lock type pliers work super easy. I bought a pair at harbor freight for $6.00
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2009, 8:03 pm
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Thumbs up oil filter 07 k1200gt

Yo Mikemak,
I went through the same thing only never got to the screwdriver stage. The filter finally relented after a little over an hour and 20 mins with a band oil filter wrench.

I started searching and found a k&N filter number 164 i believe that works well and...wait for it..has a nifty little 17mm nut welded to the end of it for easy fastening and removal.
It works like a charm and at considerably less cost than oem filter. If you want to wait til you are out of warranty, it's your quarter. Personally, I have been changing oil and doing other assorted tasks on my bikes for some time and I think this is a very good quality substitute.
If you go to your local Asian motorcycle dealer make your best deal for a small number of filters and you will be pleasantly surprised.
If you go to the K&N site they break the parts down pretty well and the filter seem to be of good quality.

Hope this helps..I know your pain,
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