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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-29-2014, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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As part of an upcoming project, I'm considering removing the oil filter on my '12 XCT... temporarily (for a few minutes), all by itself, not as part of an oil change, i.e., not draining any oil first via the standard drain plug. And then putting the filter back on.

Sorry to be so ignorant about this, but I have to ask: if I take off the oil filter for a few minutes, will 4+ quarts of oil gush out where the filter screws on? Or will just a little dribble out? (BTW, let's assume that the engine is stone cold.)

And if a huge amount won't pour out, will there be even less if the bike is on the sidestand, or if it's straight up, in a chock? And am I correct that boosting the shock up to its max 70-or-something PSI will make matters better, i.e., slightly tilting the bike toward the front?

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You will lose what is in the filter and a little bit that is in the system. You can do what you want and not worry about it. Just add back the 8-10 ounces or so of oil back into the sump when you are done.

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If the Filter is removed the oil will come out reasonably quick.
If you are totally ready and fast.....
"My" guess is that you will loose 1/2 quart.
If you clean around the filter for loose dirt etc. and If you keep a clean drain pan under the filter, you can reclaim most or all of it.

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You will not lose much oil. Just check oil level and refill when fineshed.

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Thank you all for your replies.

Any thoughts regarding having the bike upright vs. on the sidestand? Probably not make any difference?

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The bike should be upright with the stick screwed in to get an accurate oil level. Add about a cup and start it. Check for leaks. Let engine sit and oil drain back down. Check oil level add if necessary.

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The bike should be upright with the stick screwed in to get an accurate oil level. Add about a cup and start it. Check for leaks. Let engine sit and oil drain back down. Check oil level add if necessary.
Thanks for the suggestions. I do my own oil changes, so I'm pretty familiar with the process. I just didn't know -- in this special, one-time situation -- whether all/most/some/a-little of the oil would flow out, if I removed only the oil filter for a few minutes.

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If you don't mind me asking, why would you need to remove just the filter? I have seen somewhere where people change their oil filter every 2500 miles and oil and filter every 5,000 miles.

I always do both at the same time no matter what, so I am just curious, thanks.
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Think about this if your bike is running 50psi for oil pressure. Now that pressure is all so going into the oil filter.
So your going to get a big spray of oil all over the back of the bike the garage floor and your self. You will not be able to shut the bike off fast enough before loosing a bunch of oil.
If your doing this to clean out the passageway pull your plug wire so the bike will turn over but not start.

For the life of me I so not understand why you would run the bike with out a filter. It would not accomplish any thing.


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I don't think he is going to start the bike up just take off the filter for some kind of maintenance.

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