I use dental picks on opposite sides to pull the inner cap out and needle nose pliers to grab the filter.
Did you get the cap off? Sometimes it needs some persuasion. Like gentle tapping on a flat blade screwdriver from the back towards the front or channel locks wiggling from the end (gently with both so you don't ding up the cover).
People have put a remote filter on by tapping into the feed line from the pump to the banjo bolts on the head. Usually they use rubber hose and mount the filter on the front of the frame near the top of the engine mounts. A few have placed them behind the distributor over the gear box.Just do a search of the forum for remote filter and look at eBay for "Norton Filter Kit". You don't have a quill bolt like the older Iron Barrel engine so you've pretty much drained it completely when you've replaced the filter and let the sump drain. You can rock it from side to side, but I've never gotten enough more out to make it worth my while. Just let it drain while you do something else for half and hour or so.
I'm fairly new to this bike despite it being a 2008. I don't know where the feed line is or what a banjo bolt is. I have worked on and rebuilt jap bikes all my life, so this bike is a whole new learning curve in my senior years. This engine is a collection of older design and newer design all mixed together. I'm not a fan of keeping older parts just to maintain an old look. The right side of my engine is complete mystery to me with that bulbous gear train to a non existent distributor. There are two covers in this case, one facing forward and another just opposite facing rearward that have no explanation anywhere that I have found. I really need a shop manual because the owners manual is a joke. There is a whole chapter about how to wash this bike and very little on oil change or even where the oil filter is located. I'm wondering if I will be required to overhaul this bike every 3-4 thousand miles. I have so many questions about this bike, but they could really be answered quickly by an adequate manual. I'm not a young man anymore and the idea of having to dismantle this bike like I have done just to change the oil is a staggering thought. If I had the money, I'd probably move on a to a Guzzi or BMW, but this RE was free. All I had to do was to give it life. It is fun to ride and I get many compliments.
Are you still kicking over the Shovelhead. ERC
I don't know where the feed line is or what a banjo bolt is.I think this was explained in another post. It's called a banjo fitting because when the bolt is removed the part attached to the tube looks kinda like a banjo.... this bike is a whole new learning curve in my senior years. This engine is a collection of older design and newer design all mixed together. I'm not a fan of keeping older parts just to maintain an old look. The right side of my engine is complete mystery to me with that bulbous gear train to a non existent distributor.That it is. Although the AVL engine was redesigned many of the older parts from the 1950's design were kept to keep costs down.The old magneto drive area of the side cover is still there. There are two covers in this case, one facing forward and another just opposite facing rearward that have no explanation anywhere that I have found.Those are the covers for the two oil pumps and the oil filter.The one with the center nut is the oil filter cover.... I'm wondering if I will be required to overhaul this bike every 3-4 thousand miles. If you change the oil regularly and you accept it as an older design that can't be ridden at 70+ mph it should last for many thousand miles.Unlike the older Iron Barrel that proceeded your engine, your bike has a steel sleeved aluminum cylinder that improves cooling and a all roller/ball crank and connecting rod.
Do you use a Whitworth or Metric Screwdriver? I have Metric and SAE tools, but would have to order a Whitworth one.
The oil filter seems to be stuck in the cyliner.
Wow! That's one fat front tire. I like it though the bars would probably kill my shoulders. Luckily at 56, I'm one of the younger, less arthritic members and don't have to fight what some of you guys do.
EVERYbody in a car seems to be out to kill ME. Or you. All of us.
Are you done ranting?
O.K a month ago I had some time to change my oil and filter. Got it all apart, then a combination of family & work kept me from getting back to finish the job. Now I can't remember the order in which these parts go in. Any one have a diagram? (here's a pic attached of what I've got to put back in.)