Kir Kolyshkin (k001) wrote,
Kir Kolyshkin

Oil/filter replacement on FJR1300

Since I got 46000 miles on my FJR1300 odometer, it's time to replace oil and filter (previous replacement was at 42K miles). Now, ordinary oil replacement is not something to write home about, but this time I feel a need to share, read on to know why.

I used the same oil as last time — Shell Rotella T5 15w-40, which is a synthetic blend. As for the filter, I happen to have a new Purolator One PL14610 in my garage which I bought for my Nissan Frontier, and I have used it for the FJR, since according to this old and trusted website is should be compatible, and I like the brand in general.

Well, it looks like it's not. Take a look at this picture:

As you can see, there's a little bit of oil right under the filter. Initially I thought it's from the old filter, so I carefully wiped it off... and it reappeared. Oh my :(

The problem is, apparently Purolator changed the base plate design: it used to be concave and now it's convex. Makes no difference for most applications, but in case of FJR, with convex base plate the thread is not recessed enough, so the filter can't be threaded in securely, thus the leak.

One possible solution is to modify the union bolt, but personally I don't like such mods. So, I had to spend some more time on which filter to use. You know, read all those specs, comparisons, youtube videos of cutting those filters open, etc.

Ended up choosing the filter that I used before, i.e. FRAM XG7317. It is a premium filter rated for 20,000 miles (32,000 km), and it uses good materials like two layered synthetic mesh, silicone anti-drainback valve etc.

Also, I totally forgot that the manual calls for replacing the oil filter every second oil change, i.e. I could have left the filter where it is and be done with it (especially since the filter is rated for 20K miles and I'm changing it only after 4K). Oh well, need to remember it next time I replace the oil.

Update: I ended up using Mobil M1-110A which specs are very similar to the above-mentioned Fram. In order to not lose a lot of oil while replacing the filter, I laid the bike on the side (it's easy since I have crash bars installed), like this:

Tags: fjr1300, homemade, moto
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