XS650: Oil Filter   Leave a comment

All the high km Xses I’ve seen have had a history of regular oil and filter changes. Remove the foreign matter and you reduce the wear and tear.

I like to imagine my bean-counter freaking. Red-faced. Apoplectic. How dare these machines live. They’re supposed to be dead. Killed off to promote the XS750-850 triples. And they’re supposed to be dead too. How dare people care. They should be junking these old pieces of shit and buying new. New. NEW. New pieces of shit. New planned obsolescence. Where’s the profit? Where’s my bonus?

 

oops

 

Maybe this is why Yamaha never bothered to really improve the original sump sieve. Always damaged. Ruptured by strong flows. You can carefully repair it. Solder it up. Some have used JBWeld-not my cup-of-tea. Make a shield to protect the exposed corner. It still wont improve filtration. The mesh is simply too coarse.

 

shielded…i soldered this up to make it stronger

 

new filter…open all along the top left hand edge…WTF?

 

as the magnet was crooked…have heard these fall out too

 

I bought a new filter some years ago. From the supplier I can’t bring myself to name. You all know him. CCC. Cheap Chinese Crap Inc. Here’s a pic. I’ve bought 2 of these. Both looked like this. When returned, I was the criminal. Great customer relations. At €32 each, with a miscut gasket too, I walked.

 

BMW paper filters…still inside the motor though…nice sump extension

 

paper filters

 

I got hold of one of these. Uses BMW paper filters. Works fine. Still need to open the sump to exchange. Shielded. Came with a sump extension. A little more oil.

 

external sump filter..spin-on auto cartridge

 

with bypass in the unlikely event you don’t do your maitenance

 

Then I found this. External. Spin on auto filter from a Renault. Takes a standard fitting. Paper filter. Includes a bypass for the unlikely event the filter blocks. Centrestand hangers sit lower. Not for low-slung hardtails and bobbers. Kalle in Germany makes these. Send him a sump plate this comes in return.

 

BMW-KTM620 paper filters…bypass fitted inside the rh end

 

shielded and fixed both ends against vibration…is still inside the engine though

 

Hein from Holland produces these. Paper. Bypass. Requires removal of sump plate to exchange.

Both create a suction drop of around 0.1 bar or 1.5 psi. Normal operation is around 1.0 bar or 14 psi delivering ca 7.5 ltr per min @ 5000rpm.

Then there is this interesting modification. Removing your e-start? Great idea! Save weight. And make room for this…

 

best e-start i’ve ever seen

 

mounted on front mount

 

front mount incl filter, from twins inn

 

fitted in front…check the cooler, normally it looks mounted upside down-like this it will drain when sitting-unless the cooler is temp controlled, only opening over a certain operating temp

 

Auto spin-ons are also fitted as remote filters. Mostly integrated to the front engine mount. Pick-up and return points are in the rh casing at the side filter. You need to ensure the original return is blocked or not all the oil will filter.

 

650Central spin on side filter

 

Mike Morse at 650Central sells these too which fit into the original side filter cavity. Same applies with the original return. Make sure it’s blocked off.

Picked up one of these side filter covers. Replaces your original. Works with the original side filter. Dont know if I will ever use it as I like the Heiden side filter conversion. Still, it makes a nice paper-weight.

 

original side-filter cover replacement

 

compared to Heidens kit

 

heidens honda paper filter and cooler

 

I do like these. Uses a honda paper filter. Designed to act as a small cooler too. Looks cool.

cool

 

There are those that argue ‘Regular oil changes are all that’s needed’. ‘Paper filters reduce too much flow’. ‘Bypass valves should all be removed’.

Each to their own. It’s your bike. Your pocket. I change my oil every 1500km. Run a sump paper filter and a side filter-cooler. 750cc. More cubes means also more heat and stress.

These girls run hot already. Look after your oil.

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Posted January 16, 2011 by xscafe in Motor - Oil

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