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Hey guys, got the bike at 1900 miles. Replaced the Oil @ 3200 (Myself) just to be sure. However, i couldn't get the damn filter off, tried everything. Everything seems to be fine, will the filter last that long until 5k or 5500 miles for that next change?

Also, when is the brake fluid supposed to be changed? 6k miles?

Thanks in advance!
 

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If the guy you bought the bike from did his initial service I bet the filter won't cause you any problems. I personally would replace it just for peace of mind, it's really not that much trouble. To get it off try the "screwdriver method." Hammer a screwdriver into the side of the filter and use the handle of the screwdriver as leverage to take it off. If it doesn't come off that way (not likely) then you're in some trouble. Brake fluid is supposed to be replaced ever two years I believe. If you're riding an '02 then it's about that time.
 

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2002hondacbrf4i said:
Hey guys, got the bike at 1900 miles. Replaced the Oil @ 3200 (Myself) just to be sure. However, i couldn't get the damn filter off, tried everything. Everything seems to be fine, will the filter last that long until 5k or 5500 miles for that next change?

Also, when is the brake fluid supposed to be changed? 6k miles?

Thanks in advance!
What does "everything" entail? Rubber(grippy) gloves? Strap wrench? Filter wrench? Screwdriver/punch? I would only punch through the filter as a last resort. Most auto stores/wal-marts sell "sockets" made to go over the ends of oil filters. They can be lifesavers.

I concur with Nig on the brake fluid. At least every 2 years.
 

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What exactly did you do to try to get the filter off... loosen it by hand?

They sell oil filter wrenches that fit on the end of a socket wrench, which work pretty well. The downside is that you usually cannot use the same wrench across different brands of oil filters.

http://www.nissanperformancemag.com/november99/images/wrench.jpg
http://www.sierrabmw.bigstep.com/Images/5ZC49H8V6R2OK02G87G0Y5U6-m.jpeg

They also sell wrenches that can grab the entire filter (like strap wrenches or clamps), but these usually cannot be used on motorcycles because there isn't enough room.

http://shopsite.nni.com/media/tools/3369.jpg
http://shopsite.nni.com/media/tools/53700.jpg
http://www.poolandspa.com/catalog/images/spp-BOA104.jpg

Otherwise, you can try the method that nig described (using a screwdriver), although it sometimes makes a mess.
 

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Make sure you use the factory recommended fluid for your motorcycle. "Upgrading" to DOT 5 silicone is not a good idea regardless of what people may tell you. If you are using anything but a silicone brake fluid, i.e. Dot 3, 4, 5.1.. be very careful not to get it on any painted surfaces. That shit works very well as a paint stripper.
 

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Thanks a lot guys. I'm going to get the brake fluid and filter done within the next month or so at a shop. Appreciate the quick responses. :leghump
 

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nig said:
If the guy you bought the bike from did his initial service I bet the filter won't cause you any problems. I personally would replace it just for peace of mind, it's really not that much trouble. To get it off try the "screwdriver method." Hammer a screwdriver into the side of the filter and use the handle of the screwdriver as leverage to take it off. If it doesn't come off that way (not likely) then you're in some trouble.

ditto on that...had to do that the first time I changed my oil and filter on my bike. The bike had the original from the factory as I bought the bike used with only 300 miles and that filter was on pretty tight!!
 
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