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on: April 06, 2021, 02:37:05 am
I changed oil for the first time on my bike. The middle  oil plug is sorta hollow and has aluminum shavings packed inside it. There’s no way for me to tell if they’ve been there for years or not. The engine has 22,000 miles and runs nice.
I’ll take it to the dealer tomorrow if the weather cooperates.


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Reply #1 on: April 06, 2021, 03:24:47 am
Anything in the oil filter?


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Reply #2 on: April 06, 2021, 03:40:35 am
The interesting thing about the oil filter is that I don’t think there was one in there or maybe I don’t know what I’m looking at. There was a mushy ring of felt like stuff that I couldn’t get out so I left it as is. I figured I could explore it again in a thousand miles or so. We’ll see what the dealer says as he fitted the new piston not so long ago.


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Reply #3 on: April 06, 2021, 12:28:33 pm
What the oil filter looks like.

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Reply #4 on: April 06, 2021, 04:07:22 pm
I was trying to pull it out by that material on the end but it didn’t want to slide off the center stud.


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Reply #5 on: April 06, 2021, 05:21:36 pm
Not shown in that photo but there is a pressed steel round plate/washer which closes the end of the filter. That needs to be pulled out first. The easiest way I’ve found to pull out the filter is with a piece of fencing wire with a small hook bent onto the end. Just hook the felt from the inside and slide it out.
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Reply #6 on: April 06, 2021, 06:12:18 pm
As Paul describes, there is a thin steel plate that must be removed at the end of the filter, if the small piece of wire is not successful, try using a magnet to remove the plate.   Once removed, use the wire to form a hook, use the hook to pull the filter material out of the chamber.


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Reply #7 on: April 06, 2021, 06:23:58 pm
Thanks guys. I rode to dealer and bought a filter.
This bike is so fun. It’s the best bike in city traffic that I’ve been on. I really hate stop lights on any other bike but this thing gives me confidence.
We talked about the shavings and he said they could have been in there since it was new, no way to tell except to pull the filter. I


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Reply #8 on: April 06, 2021, 08:46:52 pm
Good news. Not one bit of aluminum in the filter. I should be good to go.


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Reply #9 on: April 06, 2021, 09:47:37 pm
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