Removing the oil filter from a Suzuki GSX750F Katana is a fairly simple task that appears more complicated than it really is. The hardest part of the job is getting to the oil filter, which is nestled between the motor's exhaust pipes and hidden behind the motorcycle's plastic fairings. While it is possible to remove the oil filter without removing the fairings, the amount of workable space and the resulting oil spills will make matters worse. Instead, take the time to remove the right lower fairing to provide open access to the oil filter.
Things You'll Need
- Allen key set
- Oil pan
- Cap-style oil filter wrench
- Replacement oil filter (Suzuki part #16510-03600-X07)
Remove the left lower fairing from the motorcycle, using an Allen key to remove the fairing's mounting bolts. Separate the left lower fairing from the right lower fairing by removing the plastic pop rivets. Depress the center post of the pop rivet with an Allen key and pull the rivet out. Reset the rivet for reinstallation by pushing the rivet's tip upwards, popping the center post out from the top of the rivet.
Locate the oil filter on the front of the motor, between the exhaust header pipes. Place an oil pan directly below the oil filter. Using a cap-style oil-filter wrench to remove the oil filter, turning the oil filter counterclockwise to unscrew it. Pull the oil filter away from the motor and place it into the oil pan.
Install a new oil filter by hand, screwing the filter into place until it is seated against the motor. Tighten the filter and additional half-turn to secure it onto the motor.
Reinstall the lower left fairing onto the motorcycle, using an Allen key to tighten the mounting bolts. Reattach the left and right lower fairings with plastic pop rivets. Insert the rivet into the mounting holes and press the center post down to lock the rivet into place.
Tips & Warnings
- For best results, change the motor's oil while removing the oil filter.
- Don't over-tighten the oil filter to prevent damaging the motor's threads.
- "The Professional Motorcycle Repair Program"; Professional Career Development Institute; 1995
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