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TommyT 26 Nov 2008 10:27

KLE500 oil filter/chain and sprockets
My KLE is due a oil and filter change, and I'm assuming the original filter is still in there. I was reading in the manual that you need a special tool – a filter wrench – to get the old filter out, but is it really neccesary? From the illustration in the manual it looks like a big allen key would do the job.

Also, I need to do my chain and sprockets shortly, and I was wondering if there's anything I should look out for? Any surprises I might meet along the way?

Also, I was sent a 2 master links in the kit –*clip and rivet. I was half thinking of using the clip this time around for ease, with maybe a little silicone to seal it, but I'm wary. Anyone have any experience with clips?


HGP47 27 Nov 2008 22:46

Hi Tom
When I changed the oil in mine I was able to grip the filter gently with pipe grips and it turned ok I think that most types of filter wrench should get some purchase on the filter as well

Regards HGP

john_aero 28 Nov 2008 08:02


off to halfords with you and get the wrench they sell for few quid, handy as can use it on all types of filters as its adjustable

Franconian 28 Nov 2008 17:37

I have never used a special filter wrench. If the filter sits too firm just hammer a screw driver in and...

henkswart 30 Nov 2008 05:30

I can vouch for the hammer and screwdriver method - that's how I do it too - just be prepared for the oil that comes out of the filter once punctured!! Prevention is better than cure!!

lecap 3 Dec 2008 13:34

I don't recommend the hammer and screwdriver version. Makes a big mess and makes sure you can't ride the bike to get it taken off somewhere else. Spin on filter wrenches are dirt cheap. Various cheap tube wrenches work as well. Buy the oil filter, look where it's fitted and how it's accessible and then go shop for a tool.

Get a chain press. Ideally one that comes with the riveting insert like the DID chain tool. Pays very well if used for a lifetime of riding and to help out your buddies, makes splitting and fitting chains a breeze and the DID fits all commonly used chain sizes (520 / 525 / 530 and 532).
Remember that you also need a press to fit the clip link.
The DID tool is cheaper than a messed up chain as far as I remember. Much cheaper than a smashed crankcase or a crash from a split chain.
Clip links are fine if fitted correctly but there's no good reason to use one once you've got a chain tool.

TommyT 15 Dec 2008 11:47

The front sprocket was a nightmare to get off. The KLE's C&S is on the opposite side from my previous bike, which makes it a tricky one man job. I found it tough to keep my foot on the brake and get sufficient force to crack open the sprocket nut, all the while being careful not to scratch he bodywork with the wrench.

Brian E 16 Dec 2008 08:51


Originally Posted by TommyT (Post 219024)
I found it tough to keep my foot on the brake and get sufficient force to crack open the sprocket nut,

Why not just put the bike into gear next time.
Or put a spanner inbetween the rear sprocket and chain that soon stops the wheel from turning.

TommyT 16 Dec 2008 13:24

Was in gear, but it didn't stop the nut turning. That's a good tip about the spanner though.

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