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So I decided to save some money and do the 500 mile service myself. Turned out that wasn't the best idea. I warm up the bike, drain the oil, and go to take the oil filter off when the stuff hits the fan. I have a three pronged oil filter socket attachment that gets tighter as you turn it, all that did was dent the filter and actually put a hole in it. Since the hole was in it already I decided to try the old hammer in a flat head and twist. All that did was end up tearing off the part closest to the ground and cause oil to go everywhere. Any suggestions on how to get half a stuck oil filter off? Thanks in advance!
I ran into the same thing when doing my 500 mile service, but was lucky to have a pair of large curved pliers that broke the filter lose before destroying the canister. It appears that the engine builders don't apply a thin film of oil or grease to the gasket before installation which is bad for (2) reasons. The amount of torque required to turn the filter the 1/2 to 3/4 turn after contact would be much higher w/o lubrication and the gasket tends to stick to the bare aluminum after it's heated. None of what I wrote will help you get the filter off, but at least you'll possibly know why it happened.
I'd guess the dealers have a socket style wrench that spreads the load out - less apt to crush the housing. Also, I used a Bosch 3323 filter instead of their 3300 because it's almost an inch longer, holds more oil, has more filtering surface than the factory filter and sticks down to where I can grab it w/ a band wrench if things get stuck again.
That's funny cause we have the same exact bike judging by your icon and I decided to go with the Bosch 3323 too. The stock filter is flush with the bottom of the frame and I found that rather annoying when I first started this venture last night so I went ahead and bought a longer one.
I also figured the factory didn't lube the gasket. I'm guessing my filter is practically welded onto the bike. Guess it's time for me to custom fab a tool tomorrow.
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