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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 2012, 10:47 pm Thread Starter
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Has anybody found an oil filter tool that is thin enough to fit over the oil filter in a K1300 GT without loosening the shifting lever and bracket? Thanks.
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i cut a v notch into one of those metal strap filter wrenches I had lying around.

BMW sells their filter tool which fits on the end of the filter I believe.

If you bring the filter to an autoparts store, there are generic filter wrenches that will fit as well.

marc parnes, A&S, san Jose, bob's bmw, and others all carry some type of aftermarket filter wrench.

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I use a pair of oil filter pliers. They are available just about everywhere and require no clearance on the end of the filter..
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The REAL tip is that there are 2 different filters a longer and a shorter. The shorter you can install and remove without any real tricks, the longer one you have to take the plate off, or at least I've had to. The wrench doesn't matter, if it's the long filter, you can't even get the thing to come out from in between there without loosening or taking off the plate.

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I use a pair of oil filter pliers. They are available just about everywhere and require no clearance on the end of the filter.
2nd on those pliers.

The cup types often slip and are messy to clean up. Sometimes the filters are a little off and the cup won't fit at all. Other times they will bind onto the filter and you have to knock them off with a hammer (or use wax paper between them and the filter, which is still an oily mess.). I use the pliers on the S1000RR as well as the car. Doesn't take too much turning to get it loose and just a little "Umph!" to get it tight.

I have used a small strap wrench but they can be difficult to get a handle swing on and are also messy to clean up. So the pliers it is.


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The REAL tip is that there are 2 different filters a longer and a shorter. The shorter you can install and remove without any real tricks, the longer one you have to take the plate off, or at least I've had to. The wrench doesn't matter, if it's the long filter, you can't even get the thing to come out from in between there without loosening or taking off the plate.

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The REAL tip is that there are 2 different filters a longer and a shorter. The shorter you can install and remove without any real tricks, the longer one you have to take the plate off, or at least I've had to. The wrench doesn't matter, if it's the long filter, you can't even get the thing to come out from in between there without loosening or taking off the plate.
Off topic: I have wondered if the longer can does a better job at filtering the oil, because I assume that it has more filter material inside. Which one is the "official" filter for my K1200GT? Is it the same "official" filter for all 2006+ K1200/1300GTs?
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I am not too sure which one is actually the 'listed' item for the K bikes but I figure with regular oil changes I would have little to worry about with the difference in size...the way I am thinking only if I would go to the max time/mileage/service indicator would there be a difference in filter flow

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..the way I am thinking only if I would go to the max time/mileage/service indicator would there be a difference in filter flow
And probably not even then. If you keep to any kind of sane oil change interval then I think either filter type would be more than adequate.
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And probably not even then. If you keep to any kind of sane oil change interval then I think either filter type would be more than adequate.

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When I went in to order but a couple of the short filters I gave the dealer the part #. Then, of course, he wants to know what bike they are for. I tell him and as he is getting ready to tell me it's not the correct one I tell him I'm not inclined to make an oil change more difficult than it needs to be . He chuckled and agreed.

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