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Default No Oil filter.....Help?

I was looking yesterday for the oil filter on my 1977 XLCH and I could not find one. Then I looked it up my Clymer manual and found nothing useful (my bike has been converted to Electric Start so it has a different oil tank, but NO filter.

So I am thinking, it would be a good idea to install an oil filter before I cause more wear on the engine...

Has anyone else ran across this and if so, what direction did you take?

I am thinking about just finding a way to use a standard size oil filter for a cars and adpat it for my bike...

All comments, suggestions and advice will be greatly appreciated..

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use the left side motor mount kit cooling in the wind and you'll be fine you can get it from jp cycles
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CH had no oil filter originally.
Just depended on the big end rollers to crush any particles into paste.

If you have the stock HD XLH oil tank as part of your electric start conversion, JP Cycles sells a good filter that drops in the filler cap of the tank.
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the kit that is part of the motormount works good, have one on my XLCH. throw a cooler on that thing while ur at it, and DO NOT use an auto filter on ur ironhead. it was designed for a lot higher operating pressure than an ironhead produces and will put to much restriction in the return line.
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I got the drop in with my side mount tank. not the best but cheap and easy to change.

gives the illusion of runnin no filter
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External filter kit is the way to go.
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Default Auto oil filters are perfectly safe to use on your ironhead...

...just use common sense and change it on a regular basis so it doesn't jam up on you.

They will absolutely NOT put any more restriction on your return, feed, or vent lines than a motorcycle filter.
What they will do is add oil capacity to your system and save you a lot of $$$ if you're fastidious about oil changes, like me.

The Fram HP1 is a high-flow/low-restriction race filter that works really well and can be found at any auto parts store.
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I have the one that drops in my tank as well. For some reason I thought that is the way they were from the factory. It doesnt get in the way at all, and seems to do its job just fine. Changing it is a snap, just take the lid off the tank, pull the old one out, drop the new one in, and put the lid back on.

Why would the external filter be more desirable than the one that drops into the oil tank?

Thanks,

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I have the one that drops in my tank as well. For some reason I thought that is the way they were from the factory. It doesnt get in the way at all, and seems to do its job just fine. Changing it is a snap, just take the lid off the tank, pull the old one out, drop the new one in, and put the lid back on.

Why would the external filter be more desirable than the one that drops into the oil tank?

Thanks,

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and another bonus, ya have to take it out to change the oil. ya can't forget. ever
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