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How to change your oil without removing the fairings...

I changed my oil without removing the fairings yestereday and as promised I took some pics of the procedure. This is just meant to be an "FYI" post so let's please not turn it into an arguement over which method is better. Both methods have their pros and cons so take it for what it's worth. Changing your oil without removing your fairings is a time saver and IMO less aggravating by not having to mess with fairing removal/installation. And in my experience it is not any messier either. Otherwise everything is done the same except for removing the fairings and coolant overfill bottle. This post only details how to remove/install the oil filter without removing any fairings.

The procedure as outlined in the factory service manual has been posted in the FAQ forum so please refer to it if you have never changed your oil previously. I'm going to assume you already know how to change your oil already in this post. This was done on my '03 RR, not sure how the other years differ but I'd think they are the same.


You are going to access the oil filter through the lower vent opening in the right side mid fairing. You can see the oil filter through the opening and can even reach in there to grab it.



I only tighten the oil filter hand tight but typically have to use a tool to break it loose. I bought a pair of oil filter pliers from Walmart for this prurpose. Here you can see I've reached through the opening with the pliers to break loose the oil filter. I don't have to turn the filter much as once it is broken free I can spin it off by hand. In fact once it is broken free I pull out the pliers and reach in with my right hand to unscrew the filter.



Once you start unscrewing the oil filter some oil will start leaking out (this happens even if the fairings are removed). Before totally removing the oil filter allow whatever oil is in there to drain completely to avoid making a bigger mess. Here you can see that the oil from the oil filter drops straight down and not all over the inside of the fairings.



Now you can totally unscrew the oil filter and just lower it down and rest it on the header pipes directly below as from below is how the oil filter will be removed. Here you can see the oil filter has been removed and is sitting on the header pipes.



This is a shot from underneath to illustrate that there is enough room for the oil filter to exit from below.



Now you can reach up from underneath to grab the loose oil filter.



Rotate the oil filter so the opening is pointing up...



...and pull it out.



Installation of the now oil filter is the same except in reverse of course. Use a shop rag to wipe up any oil that dripped on the header pipes.

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Nice walkthrough (w/ pics) for those who were maybe unsure of just how to change their oil without removing the fairings.

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I did mine the same way yesterday. A cup oil filter socket with a 6" extension is better than the pliers you were using.

BTW. PureONE 14612 fits fine and costs $4.50.

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I have a cup oil filter socket that I've tried to use but it always popped off whenever I tried turning the oil filter. I couldn't put enough "down" force on it to prevent it from popping off. It is the correct size but it's also a cheap one so that's probably why.

If I had to completely remove the oil filter using the pliers alone then it would be a real PITA since there's not much room to work. If that was the case then a cup socket & extension would work much better. At least in my case though I only tighten the oil filter hand tight so I barely have to move the oil filter to break it loose, then I can remove it totally by hand. The pliers are barely used.

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Great write-up. Do I hear Sticky?

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i thought this was how everybody did it :( .... any cons of this method?
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any cons of this method?
The only con I can see is by not having the fairings off you don't get the opportunity to inspect other parts or clean behind the fairing. You obviously have a little more room to work with when the fairings are off but as you can see in the pics it's no big deal with them left on. In fact IMO by leaving them on changing the oil on my RR is as easy as it is on my Ford Explorer, almost easier since I don't have to crawl underneath.

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There's not adequate room on my 05 than on the 03/04s, filter can't fit between the headers in my 05. It saves at least 0.5 hour in the process, great tip!

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My experience with the 05 is that the space between the headers will not allow for this. I was able to FORCE the used filter out but the new filter just would not be pursuaded back in. Found that after the 2nd change I could get the job done by the book in 1 hour. Rather than removing the coolant res. (per the book) I just remove the bolt and move it with lines connected.

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I just use the oil change as an excuse to clean inside all the fairings (minus the upper, PITA). Try putting some tinfoil down on the headers and shape it so the oil from the filter drains right away when it hits the foil. Another useful tip if you hate your bike smoking for 10/15 mins.

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Try putting some tinfoil down on the headers and shape it so the oil from the filter drains right away when it hits the foil. Another useful tip if you hate your bike smoking for 10/15 mins.
Great tip, I'll do this next time!

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Some aftermarket headers, like my yosh, cant fit the filter through. Have to remove the coolant resevoir. Oh well. I like pulling it apart anyways.

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My experience with the 05 is that the space between the headers will not allow for this. I was able to FORCE the used filter out but the new filter just would not be pursuaded back in. Found that after the 2nd change I could get the job done by the book in 1 hour. Rather than removing the coolant res. (per the book) I just remove the bolt and move it with lines connected.
This is exactly the same way I did it on my 05 today. The filter will come out with some force, but getting the new one in was impossible. Once I decided removing the fairings was necessary, it only took me about 10 minutes before I had the new filter installed. In the future, I'll always remove the fairings. Plus, you only have to remove the right side lower and right side mid. No need to remove the entire lower, like the manual recommends.
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so basically if you have a 05, you cant do it this way?
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so basically if you have a 05, you cant do it this way?
It appears that way. I'm surprised that it is different, I didn't think any of those parts changed.

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The exhaust??? It most definately changed.

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so basically if you have a 05, you cant do it this way?

I am sure you will hear some freaky engineer/quantum mechanic tell you it can be done if the spacial relation of the new filter installation equals X over c squared by the root of Y bla bla bla....... but once you get the hang of plastic removal and installation doing it by the book minus the coolant res. and left low plastic removal....its a snap.

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No offense to the freaky engineer/quantum mechanics in the house intended........just like to keep it simple. Working on it is part of the fun.

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so basically if you have a 05, you cant do it this way?
I did my buddy's '05 before he went over seas. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to get it through the headers but it did work. I had to keep the filter in the exact same orientation as it bolts to the block. I put the O-ring gasket as close to the engine block as possible and worked it through the headers. Basically, work the O-ring out first and then rotate the filter down and out.

Because each header is slightly different you may or may not have enough room to get the filter between the headers on the '05's.



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I think I'll take the extra bit of time to remove my fairings for a couple of reasons, one is so that I don't have to worry about scratching the fairings and burning my hands and the second reason is so that I can wash the backside of the fairings and clean the oil pan and coolant bottle off.

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i can't do my 05 this way, plus my cup oil filter socket gets stuck on the oil filter so it really won't fit through the bottom with it still on...and after all the oil spilled on the filter it's way to slippery to get it off. I just remove the fairings..not so bad..but i do wish i could do it this way. less time.
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Thats how I do it on my 05. It's a bit tricky getting the filter in/ out between the pipes but it can be done. Save alot of time.

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one is so that I don't have to worry about scratching the fairings
I scratched my fairings slightly when I was took them off but my bare forearm reaching through the vent opening hasn't scratched them yet. lol

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I scratched my fairings slightly when I was took them off but my bare forearm reaching through the vent opening hasn't scratched them yet. lol
That's what I was thinking. Plus you don't have to worry about loosing your fairing bolts or stripping out the nuts on the back or dropping one off the back and trying to find it on the garage floor for an hour. Arrrgh! I took the fiarings off the first time and I will NEVER do it again. Not for just an oil change.


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Glad someone posted a procedure. I stated months ago that no fairings needed to be removed. Its a bit tricky a first....that is on the 05, cant speculate on prior models, but its pie once you figure it out. The longest part of the oil change is the drain.

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It appears that way. I'm surprised that it is different, I didn't think any of those parts changed.
I have an 05 and I did it without removing the fairings... you have to move the filter all the way down to the bottom of the headers and angle it slightly ... then it will pop right out. Putting the new one in was easy enough as well ... I switched to the K&N Oil filter, and it went right in.
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Hmm, my 05 wont let me do it that way. I spent a long time trying to get it out and the lip of the filter would just not come through the headers so your sucess may vary depending on your bike.

Stands have made it much easier, belly pan off in one piece(4 screws) and mid fairing only, not too troublesome.
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