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Old 12-19-2009, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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best oil filter wrench

I could have put this out in a general forum question but every time I see an oil filter wrench advertised, there is some caveat about not OK for twin cams or has cut out to clear crank sensor or some other note of importance so, since I have a Dyna, I'm here.

What is the best oil filter wrench / easiest to use / non knuckle scraping / and of course price. I see one guy has a fancy tool he invented for a lot of money where you don't need a ratchet but what could be easier than using the ratchet. I also have seen folks go down to the auto parts store, get a standard one that fits the perimeter of the filter and make cut outs. I really don't want to hassle with that.

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Old 12-19-2009, 03:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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U can get one at an auto parts store {take a filter with you}. It will not have the "cutout", {you will have to remove the CPS when changing the filter} but it won't cost $30.

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Old 12-19-2009, 04:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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buy a cheap strap style, they work on almost any filter used for the common stuff. No need to have cut out. Cost maybe 10 bucks. Just had to replace mine after 10+ years of use the strap finaly let go. Not bad for 10 bucks.
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I could have put this out in a general forum question but every time I see an oil filter wrench advertised, there is some caveat about not OK for twin cams or has cut out to clear crank sensor or some other note of importance so, since I have a Dyna, I'm here.

What is the best oil filter wrench / easiest to use / non knuckle scraping / and of course price. I see one guy has a fancy tool he invented for a lot of money where you don't need a ratchet but what could be easier than using the ratchet. I also have seen folks go down to the auto parts store, get a standard one that fits the perimeter of the filter and make cut outs. I really don't want to hassle with that.

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Old 12-19-2009, 08:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I got a Kent-Moore HD-44067 wrench from the dealer here for about $10, apparently they're more now. It has the cutout.
On my '07 motor, there's more room between the crank sensor and the filter so you don't need the cutout.
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I recommend spend that $20 for the wrench from the dealer for your $17 K - $30 K bike. Use the wrench, a long extension, and....don't forget to reconnect your voltage regulator plug.

Another thing that makes like much easier....install filter as "hand tight" as you can get it. Won't leak and it will come off much easier.
Assuming clean, dry filter and clean hands so you can actually crank down on it.
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You can dremel the cutout in the filter cap wrench easily. I also have a few different kinds of wrenches in the box like a cap wrench, strap wrench, and plier wrench, and 3 jaw style. Also some brand filters come off easier than others.
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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or, you can buy K&N oil filters. they come with a hex-head on the end so any crescent or box wrench will do. Plus, it's a K&N.
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strap wrench or an old thin leather belt is all I have ever used with ease. If you need any thing stronger than that you are putting the filter on too tight.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I use K&N oil filters, I buy them 4 at a time at https://www.zanottimotor.com/shopping/partLookUp.html.
aftermarket part number is KN-171C
the C is for chrome, loose the C and you get a black one. although the black one didn't show on their site. I have an old steel strap type oil filter wrench that fits around the stock ones.

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Old 12-27-2009, 11:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I bought the one from Drag Specialties. Same as the HD filter wrench at about 1/2 the price.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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+1 on the cheap generic strap wrench. I don't use mine as much as HDWRENCH does, but I have had mine 10 years and it works perfect.

http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Mul...017_0006395283
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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strap wrench or an old thin leather belt is all I have ever used with ease. If you need any thing stronger than that you are putting the filter on too tight.
I can usually get mine off by hand
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yesterday, I couldn't find my homemade cut-out wrench I made. Channelocks worked just fine. Only tightened the new one 1/2 turn from finger tight.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:59 PM   #15 (permalink)
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This is the oil filter wrench that i like I think it works great.

http://www.eglidegoodies.com/id79.html

And this drip pan

http://www.cornwelltools.com/webcat/...son-Oil-Funnel

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