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Old 12-20-2006, 11:33 AM   #1
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Why can't I use my strap wrench to remove oil filter?

I have a set of strap wrenchs...

Won't they work to remove the R1200GS oil filter???

Thanks!
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:37 AM   #2
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I have a set of strap wrenchs...

Won't they work to remove the R1200GS oil filter???

Thanks!

Because the filter is recessed into the engine case....only a socket type wrench will work since the end of the filter is all that is exposed...
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:43 AM   #3
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I have a set of strap wrenchs...

Won't they work to remove the R1200GS oil filter???

Thanks!
Jeebus, genius - did you even look at where your filter is before posting this?
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:14 PM   #4
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I actually tried it once. You can sorta get the strap wrench on, but not enough to even come close to getting the filter off.

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Old 12-20-2006, 12:38 PM   #5
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Thanks Jim!

One of 3 reasonable answers isn't to bad.... I thought it looked like I could get a strap wrench on it, but I havn't needed an oil change yet so haven't tried it...

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Old 12-20-2006, 01:24 PM   #6
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I managed to do one oil filter change using a metal hose clamp (the same type that they use for holding radiator hoses on. All you do is slip it around the filter, tighten it and use a screw driver and a hammer to lightly unscrew the filter by tapping it loose. Its a pain in the a$$ but it worked. Same method used to put the new filter on.

After that, I jumped on the PC and on to Nippy normans web site and bought a propper tool. Its so cheap, everyone should have one in their tool box.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:28 PM   #7
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Alternatively, you can buy K&N filters witht he nut welded on. That's the cheapest since they cost roughly the sdame as the BMW filter and no need for a wrench.

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I managed to do one oil filter change using a metal hose clamp (the same type that they use for holding radiator hoses on. All you do is slip it around the filter, tighten it and use a screw driver and a hammer to lightly unscrew the filter by tapping it loose. Its a pain in the a$$ but it worked. Same method used to put the new filter on.

After that, I jumped on the PC and on to Nippy normans web site and bought a propper tool. Its so cheap, everyone should have one in their tool box.
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Old 12-20-2006, 04:33 PM   #8
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Yes, you can, kinda

I got mine off using a strap wrench. I had to angle it slightly. And, my secret I have used on cars. Sandpaper. The sandpaper prevents the wrench from slipping on the filter.
New filter is longer so no problems now.
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Old 12-20-2006, 04:35 PM   #9
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most dealers have a big socket like tool for the filter. about 30 bucks.
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:45 PM   #10
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:59 PM   #11
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The 12GS info site (http://www.r1200gs.info/misc/toolkit.html) had this idea using a bit of epoxy and a nut on the bottom of the filter:



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Old 12-21-2006, 03:44 AM   #12
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Yup, the cheapest thig on a BMW is the rider.
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:43 AM   #13
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Channel Locks

Big Channel Lock pliers worked very good on the old filter.
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:29 AM   #14
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Yup, the cheapest thig on a BMW is the rider.


Yup, that's what I've always said.. you spend $15 or $20 grand on a bike and don't want to spend $25 on a filter wrench.. If you wanna save money, sell the bike.
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:00 AM   #15
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oil filter wrench

Advantage Auto Parts offers a variety of oil filter wrenches that are packaged so you can try your filter for fit. I bought a 14 flute, 76mm wrench that was a perfect fit for my R1100GS for 5 or 6 bucks. Take your filter to the auto parts store and give it a try!
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