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First DIY oil change. Lets just say I should have bought that filter removing pliers....
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Well, the important thing is you got it done on your own and your learned something and you just saved yourself about $100 in labor.
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GillyWI,

Been there, done that.

I even bought the "official" automotive cap type plastic filter wrench my BMW dealer recommended and said would do the job. It had a description of "Bob's Oil Filter Wrench for Can-Bus". If you find one, don't bother. It has a very narrow grip face for the filter, and I still had to remove the shifter and remove the last screw on the lower fairing on my '07 GT to get the job done. The quarter inch square hole in the center for a socket extension easily rounded out, and I am now forced to use a large half inch sized socket around the outer hex male protrusion on the cap, and the large diameter socket and extension interfers with the shifter anyways. And even though that cap is very narrow, it was the length of the front bolt on the shifter that interferred with the cap making it impossible to back out the filter and cap. After a number of oil changes, I learned that simply loosening the rear bolts and removing the front bolt's nut gave enough clearance to get them off. But this has still has been a PITA. As you probably found out, it's those rear bolts that take a long time to get off and back on.

Before my next change, I too will go to Sears and buy one of those open-ended filter wrenches to see if this improves the effort.

I would also recommend ordering a Pella 6000 oil extractor or something similar to suck the oil out of the sump under the seat instead of draining the oil out through that hose on the bike. It's a cleaner way to get the job done.
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I would also recommend ordering a Pella 6000 oil extractor or something similar to suck the oil out of the sump under the seat instead of draining the oil out through that hose on the bike. It's a cleaner way to get the job done.
Here is my write up. I used an oil extraction tank--faster and cleaner.
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Hey, at least you didn't have to pound a screw driver through the filter to get it off...or maybe you did. Yes the pliers help.

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Guys,

Not meaning to stir things up, but I think you are making this way more difficult than need be. For the first oil change to my 2008 GT I removed the entire black piece of plastic that attaches at the bottom of the Tupperware on the left side of the bike. This simply allowed more room to check out what I was up against. On all subsequent oil changes I've not needed to remove it.

I used a cheap ($4.99 at AutoZone) pair of oil filter pliers to remove the OEM filter put on at the factory in Berlin by aspiring bodybuilder and steroid user, Gunter. Once that was off, I was home free.

After cleaning the area I spin on the new filter and carefully snug it down by hand. I get it on there well, but not so tight that I need any pliers or special tool to remove at the next oil change. In 3,000 miles I simply use my hands to spin off the used oil filter - no fuss, no muss. And no leaks either as I keep my garage floor fairly clean.

I too, have one of those large fluid extractors (overpaid for mine at Griot's Garage) which empties the oil in the sump within minutes. Wouldn't use anything else.

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Oil Change

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 30th, 2009, 4:44 pm Thread Starter
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LOL, yeah, more like "the long way IN".
I thought I'd be able to use the old style K Bike filter"cup" to remove it (the kind that BMW sold to get the filter out of the sump in the brick bikes). DAH, about the same diameter, but not the same shape. SO, with all that "useless junk" out of the way I was able to use a plain ol' strap oil filter wrench to get the filter off.
As dpancers says, it was way tighter than it should have been. The dealer did it though, not Gunther. I had the dealer do the "first service" on it for piece of mind, I'll do every other one now, I will alternate with the dealer. They recommend 6K oil changes though, so in 6K I will take it back to the dealer for a service. Or I could do the oil change and let them do any other crap they think it needs. I was sure to not reef the filter down so darn tight!
I wonder if a strap type oil filter remover would work if I grind some of the strap off so it fits between the side plate and the filter? I suppose I could just buy the filter "pliers" at autozone too.......

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