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post #1 of 213 (permalink) Old 06-28-2015, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Picking an Oil Filter

Ya know picking which oil filter to use should be easy. It should screw on. It should be the right length and diameter. All the guys on all the forums should say it's great. A few years back I got some K&N's because I liked that 17mm nut. Well I got two in a batch which said they fit the bike but the threads were cut wrong (I'm pretty sure they fixed that.) Then I got some Purolator Ones and put them on four different bikes and had no problems at all. So I see this Bosch D3323 and it does everything but feed me a sandwich during the install. Put it on start the bike and have oil all over the floor. It had the plate with the screw in it installed wrong. Got another and it worked fine. Well I go to put another in. Can't find a "D" anywhere but AutoZone had the 3323's. Put it in, go for a ride and at my first stop, oil on the ground. Not a lot but any is too much. Sounds like construction problems like my first D. Well I wound up paying $6 more than the Bosch for a Mobil 1. AutoZone doesn't have Purolator Ones. Only other one that had that would fit was a Fram. I'd rather cram a rag in the hole than use a Fram. It shouldn't be this hard
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Ya know picking which oil filter to use should be easy. It should screw on. It should be the right length and diameter. All the guys on all the forums should say it's great. A few years back I got some K&N's because I liked that 17mm nut. Well I got two in a batch which said they fit the bike but the threads were cut wrong (I'm pretty sure they fixed that.) Then I got some Purolator Ones and put them on four different bikes and had no problems at all. So I see this Bosch D3323 and it does everything but feed me a sandwich during the install. Put it on start the bike and have oil all over the floor. It had the plate with the screw in it installed wrong. Got another and it worked fine. Well I go to put another in. Can't find a "D" anywhere but AutoZone had the 3323's. Put it in, go for a ride and at my first stop, oil on the ground. Not a lot but any is too much. Sounds like construction problems like my first D. Well I wound up paying $6 more than the Bosch for a Mobil 1. AutoZone doesn't have Purolator Ones. Only other one that had that would fit was a Fram. I'd rather cram a rag in the hole than use a Fram. It shouldn't be this hard


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Believe it or not some filters ARE better than others. No guys I'm not a Troll starting some BS thread on which filter is best. Over the years there have been some independent tests of filters. Don't think the Purolator One's were the best but up near the top. Fram's were bad and those reusable Scott filters were terrible. I just posted because I was P.O.'d with the Bosch. If you could get it to fit, it should be a good filter. Since Henry Ford started assembly lines a couple of companies have figured out how to make parts "fit" what they were supposed to "fit." K&N had an issue with that and fixed it. Seems like the Bosch boys are having difficulties with the concept.
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I like the K&Ns mainly for their good reputation in aftermarket filters, but the 17mm nut was a deal maker. I also got fed up with those other brands that never seemed to seat right and an oil on my garage floor is completely unacceptable. I also got a good deal on Amazon when I purchased 6 of "em.
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I like the K&Ns mainly for their good reputation in aftermarket filters, but the 17mm nut was a deal maker. I also got fed up with those other brands that never seemed to seat right and an oil on my garage floor is completely unacceptable. I also got a good deal on Amazon when I purchased 6 of "em.
That's what I intend to do. Might get Purolators though unless they are still that fugly yellow color.
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I get 20% discount at local Yamaha dealer, so I picked up a few OEM filters when I bought the bike.
Dealer did 600 miles service, but I had a **** of the time getting old filter off, (had to use screwdriver to punch a hole to get it off), which makes me wonder if they even changed oil at all. (after 4k miles oil was dark)

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When you drain the oil and change the filter there is still about a quart of old oil left in an FJR motor / clutch / transmission. The new oil turns darker pretty quickly. Now then, that should keep the anal retentive riders awake at night.
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When you drain the oil and change the filter there is still about a quart of old oil left in an FJR motor / clutch / transmission. The new oil turns darker pretty quickly. Now then, that should keep the anal retentive riders awake at night.
I spent a year sitting in the Fulda Gap dreaming about a Yamaha XS650 back in 1971. Even had a model of it on my nightstand. On the back cover IIRC of Cycle World was an advertisement for it where a guy rode it around the outside of Australia and hadn't changed the oil since he bought it. When the oil did come out it stacked up on the ground like a Frosty from Wendy's. Maybe oil is over rated.
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