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The Motobrick Workshop / Re: difficulty removing old oil filter
« Last post by Martin on Today at 02:04:16 AM »
Never had any trouble with Mann MW712's. Supposedly one of the original suppliers.
Regards Martin.
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The Motobrick Workshop / Re: difficulty removing old oil filter
« Last post by pinhead on Today at 01:24:10 AM »
Any filter that is going into a blind hole and is as flimsy as the bosch ones I have are means you are not going to wind up with anything but trouble.  Gripping the filter by its last 1/2-1 inch end with a few ripples to engage the tool requires stronger wall strength than a filter on a car where a strap wrench has access.  Gee I wonder if the reason why you pay $23 for a BMW oil filter.   might be that there is really something different about it?  Just a thought......
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Repair Guidance / Re: Tire recommendations
« Last post by beemrdon on Today at 12:53:52 AM »
With every iteration of the PR series, Michelin makes fewer and fewer sizes. I understand that the PR 5 or Road 5 as Michelin now calls them, will only be made in 17".
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The Motobrick Workshop / Re: difficulty removing old oil filter
« Last post by bizzaro on February 24, 2018, 11:59:35 PM »
Jam a long screwdriver through the side of the filter and twist.

I have tried this with auto filters and if they are really stuck on, it just tears the filter up and makes a mess of things.  YMMV :dunno
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The Motobrick Workshop / Re: difficulty removing old oil filter
« Last post by kioolt on February 24, 2018, 11:35:50 PM »
Jam a long screwdriver through the side of the filter and twist.


This is the method that I have used without fail for the few times that I've  had this problem.
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The Motobrick Workshop / Re: difficulty removing old oil filter
« Last post by rbm on February 24, 2018, 11:03:44 PM »
Jam a long screwdriver through the side of the filter and twist.
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The Motobrick Workshop / Re: difficulty removing old oil filter
« Last post by bizzaro on February 24, 2018, 10:54:17 PM »
So as I understand you,  you have crushed the end of the filter that the wrench fits over?  I have used the same filters you have from BBY.  I did not find the filter to be the problem, but the wrench would slip as the flutes are pretty shallow on the wrench and the filter!   If you know this going into it, you can snug up the fit  by reducing the size of the wrench with a light rag in the cup of the wrench when you remove the filter. I would shy away from sandpaper, but that is just me.  Maybe some crocus cloth where the abrasive surface is bonded much better to it's backing.  Good luck. Be patient.  You may need to get creative. 
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Repair Guidance / Re: Tire recommendations
« Last post by The Mighty Gryphon on February 24, 2018, 10:46:54 PM »
I hear you about the radials.  I've been trying to find radials I can use on my K75's because my commute to work is on rain grooved roads and bridges and the bias ply tires I have wander on the grooves .

All I can find in sizes that fit are dual purpose "Adventure" tires, and even with these I would have to go larger than specified.  So far, I haven't fitted any because any handling advantage to the radial is partially offset by the distorted profile and the dual purpose tread pattern.   
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Repair Guidance / Re: Tire recommendations
« Last post by bizzaro on February 24, 2018, 10:24:45 PM »

Remember that the pioneer is the guy with an arrow in his chest.  Whether it will fit is not the question so much as how well it will work.  Motorcycles are designed from the tires up.  As soon as you change the tire size, you are now the motorcycle's designer.  You change rake, trail, unsprung wright, etc, in so doing.  Good luck doing it as well as the building full of brainy smurfs who did it the first time.


I don't have much K bike seat time, but in the airhead community "how big a tire will fit" is often asked and tried.  In every case where larger tires were fitted, the handling suffered.  3.50's where 3.25's were called out and 100/90's where 90/90's were called out.  120/90's on the rear where 4.00's were called out.  Disasters one and all.

The issue here for me is that I want radials.  The tire sizes for my bike are so limited in a radial,  I have no choice but to compromise the tire size.  I am not changing tire sizes to get a "fatter" tire on the bike.  I would love to find radials in my manuals recommended tire size.  They don't seem to be available. 
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Repair Guidance / Re: Tire recommendations
« Last post by beemrdon on February 24, 2018, 10:15:03 PM »
Laitch,  are you referring to "designer" motorcycles created to provide a certain visual "appeal" that renders them useless for the purpose of which they were designed...riding?   Don't get me started. :nono
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