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post #1 of 35 Old 08-08-2005, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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To date i have changed the oil/filter 5 times with the most recent (lastnight) @ only 1k from the last one due to oil seepage around the filter base that over time/miles eventually gets blown back and coats the underside of the motor & lowers. My 1st two changes were very brief, 150 & 680m respectively so perhaps not enough time/miles for this issue to rear its head but the 3rd & 4th changes were 1,581 & 2,868 and lastnight the 5th with 3,872m. The 1st 3 changes i used an OEM filter but the last 2 i used a Purolator Pure One filter and these are the 2 changes i've had the oil seepage issues with! coincidence perhaps but not sure at this point as i noticed an indentation or a dent in the machined surface were the filter O-ring/gasket seals once installed so needless to say i'm in a quandry as to the actual/factual reason for the seepage.

Yes i'm sure this is were it originates from and yes i torque the filter to 23ft-lbs and yes the mating surface is clean every time i install a new filter.

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The test is obvious old man. Install a factory filter to see if it seeps. Jeeze, even a coonass knew that one!

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Do you lube the O-ring b4 installing the filter?

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Do you lube the O-ring b4 installing the filter?
yes. and i'll see how this fresh change goes before tryin the obvious coonass OEM convert.

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Oil filters are one thing I always keep stock. Oh, spark plugs too... but that's a whole different thread.

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The part that has me concerned is the small dent/blem in the machined surface thats actually deep enough i could put my fingernail into and snag it.

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I'm using the PurOne filter (change #4 coming up) with no problems. I don't torque the filter that tight, though. I put mine one hand tight.
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well if you had a day to leave the bike down I think I wold try and fill that void with some jb weld or something similar..(High temp silicone or ultra black will probally work as well) if there is a nick in the mating surface there is sure to be a leak.. weird that it takes so long to start leaking though. That is a potentially dangerous situation though because we all know what oil on the tire can do to ya.. Get a handle on it Big D before someone gets hurt...

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void=much better word than dent

anyway i had the same thoughts regarding JB weld or similar to fill it. Seeing as how the 'void' is smaller than the mating surface and does not extend beyond the inner or outer machined edge (right in the middle) may be why it takes so long to seep out.

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I know that some oil filters have an actual "o" ring and others have a gasket that is still round but has a flat mating surface which in your case would provide a better seal. I'm not sure what the oem gasket is like though (or the ones that your using) that may be something to look into.
The only problem I see with using jb weld is to be careful that you get the jb weld in there smoothly because I wouldn't think you'd be wanting to do any grinding in that area if the jb doesn't lie in the "void" well enough.
tight quarters in there as well.

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