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And this is the result:



Had to put a screwdriver through the older filter just to torque it off. Why do people do this? >.<

Channel-locks couldn't even get it off.
 

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They're on there really tight from the factory, a lot of people torque them to the specs listed in the manual. I don't torque mine super tight but you definitely wouldn't get it off without a filter wrench, or the screwdriver method you used.
 

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Some people end up putting the screwdriver through the oil cooler as well.
Oh man, that would be brutal. I'd cry.

They're on there really tight from the factory, a lot of people torque them to the specs listed in the manual. I don't torque mine super tight but you definitely wouldn't get it off without a filter wrench, or the screwdriver method you used.
I have a filter wrench, even that wasn't enough to get it off. Whoever put it on tightened the hell out of it, way past manual specs. There's no point in over-tightening anyway, it'll bottom out against the metal and you wont crush the o-ring any tighter.
 

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Amazing how many times this same subject pops up. It's kinda like:
What's the top speed, Best slip-on, 180 or 190 rear tire, best windscreen, etc. Well ok, maybe not as bad but it keeps popping up.

It probably wasn't over tightened, it was more likely torqued to spec or the first filter change lol

A lot of the time when people can't get the filter off it's not because the filter was too tight, it's because they're not using a good stout filter wrench.
When tightened to spec a lot of the crappy $3-$10 oil filter wrenches that everybody carries just slip on the filter because they flex too much or are too lose of a fit.

I tighten mine to Honda spec every time.
I started out with the cheap wrenches (meaning I tried a few) and ran into the same problem.
Now I have the Honda oil filter wrench that nobody wants to purchase because it's too expensive and I haven't had a problem since. Go figure
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Amazing how many times this same subject pops up. It's kinda like:
What's the top speed, Best slip-on, 180 or 190 rear tire, best windscreen, etc. Well ok, maybe not as bad but it keeps popping up.

It probably wasn't over tightened, it was more likely torqued to spec or the first filter change lol

A lot of the time when people can't get the filter off it's not because the filter was too tight, it's because they're not using a good stout filter wrench.
When tightened to spec a lot of the crappy $3-$10 oil filter wrenches that everybody carries just slip on the filter because they flex too much or are too lose of a fit.

I tighten mine to Honda spec every time.
I started out with the cheap wrenches (meaning I tried a few) and ran into the same problem.
Now I have the Honda oil filter wrench that nobody wants to purchase because it's too expensive and I haven't had a problem since. Go figure
And do you always only buy Honda genuine parts? ;P

I work with seals literally all day at work, hand tight would even be enough to seal the o-ring, anything beyond that you are doing so it wont vibrate off. It doesn't need to be so tight that a $9 filter wrench from Canadian Tire can't get it off.
 

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And do you always only buy Honda genuine parts? ;P

Like I said, I tried others BEFORE I purchased the Honda wrench. If I wouldn't have purchased it for $13 off ebay I'm not sure I would have purchased it. But I found out it works great, take it or leave it.
I figure Honda made the bike and they've probably tested everything to the point of failure. That includes the tightening spec on the filters that are made for their bikes.
If you don't want to tighten it that tight, don't.
 

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Everyone should just buy oil filter pliers and call it a day. Harbor Freight has them for $7, and come useful with aftermarket headers where you can't get the oil filter wrench to fit.

 

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Everyone should just buy oil filter pliers and call it a day. Harbor Freight has them for $7, and come useful with aftermarket headers where you can't get the oil filter wrench to fit.


Screw that nonsense.

Use a screw driver and a hammer. No need to spend money on proper tools as long as you have a hammer!
 

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Yesterday I had the same issue on my first 1000km oil change. Service Tech at honda told me to use the metal filter wrench they sell. I was done in 20 mn. without even having to remove the fairing.
 

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Plastic filter wrenches are useless... you can buy the right size metal ones for under $10.

I don't tighten mine up that much. Till the o-ring first touches, then 1/2 turn.
 
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