Oil filter wrench: Do you use one or no?

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  1. Igrok

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    I want to change my oil and have the filter, crush washer, and some fine looking oil, but don't have a filter wrench. I've changed oil in a LOT of vehicles, but not on a Honda motorcycle.

    Do I REALLY need the filter wrench?? Or can I get it off by hand? I don't plan on "torquing" it back on - I've NEVER torqued an oil filter.
     
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    That will depend on who put the last filter on. I always install mine by hand so I can always get it off by hand. That being said, I do have a few different oil filter wrenches on hand just in case! The kind that fit over the end of the filter are the easiest to use but can be a little difficult to place on the filter with the coolant tubes right there, at least with aftermarket filters that are longer e.g. Pure-One PL14610
     
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    You may be able to take it of by hand, but a wrench makes it way easier...
    I got one of these... that sucker is coming off...
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002SR4Q8/ref=psdc_15708821_t1_B01BS5B3ZQ

    The tighter the filter is on there, the harder it grips to get it off.. its awesome...
    Typically the header is hot as hell and same with the hot oil in the filter, its
    easier to stick a wrench on the end of it..
     
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    I usually take mine off by hand. If it is stuck, I use a large pair of channel locks. If it is really stuck, I have stuck a screwdriver through on cars before (haven't needed to go that extreme on a motorcycle before).
     
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    same here. Thanks for ALL the replies, I'm saving my $30 and spending it on oil.
     
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    Yup with an extension
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    When I first got my 8th gen, someone really over tightened the filter. Due the closeness of the exhaust pipes and evap canister there is not enough room get any type of wrench on the filter other than the one duccmann uses. I tried several different types and they all slipped on the flats. So I devised this one: Filter Wrench.jpeg
    works like a champ. Not necessary any more as I do not over tighten. The one from Amazon looks great too.
     
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    I bought the OEM filter with the OEM filter wrench from Bike Bandit. Part number: 15010-MCE-H51
     
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    Figured if we were gonna be ridiculous, may as well take it to the next level. You should change the oil, AFTER the engine is at operating temp...I'm not stickin' my dick skinners in there and getting burned and I'm not gonna wear oven mitts either.
     
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    I'm feeling generous to those who are in need of help.. lol

    PM me your address & I will send you one as I rarely use them - They are excellent when required.
     
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    Pete, thanks for your generosity buddy, but I can probably buy one for what it would cost to ship across the pond.
     
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    Yep - but its a gift - Its on me. You want it - I'll ship it.
     
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    Wow!! Awesome gift mate!! I PM'ed my address.
     
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    I find the wrench useful. I’m sure you could get by without it, I got one as part of a kit with a filter.
     
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    Great deal Pete. That's what we are about.
     
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    Igronk, I found that some OEM filters do come with an optional wrench. I also found out that just going to Autozone the smallest filter wrench from Penzoil fits the filter just fine and has a 3/8th hex mount on the end. $3.67. Works fine.
     
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    Only problem with these wrenches is they will slip on a really tight filter. They are great for normal use.
     
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    thanks for the advice guys! I gave Pete my address, I never get tired of the quality of people who ride, I just hope I get the chance to repay the kindness!
     
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