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DIY: Oil (and fuel) Filter Relocation Installation

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The oil filter location on my 2002 Wakesetter leaves something to be desired, especially since it only accommodates a smaller oil filter.  After a "never again" moment while winterizing my boat, I decided to install a remote oil filter.  Since the "double" was only a few bucks more, I went with it.  Additionally, my fuel filter/water separator canister was also installed in an area that while it didn't intrude on engine bay or v-drive space, it was nearly impossible to remove the filter where it was installed. 

 

First picture is my mounting location.  It is the forward part of the engine bay frame (for lack of a better term.)  I bought 2 feet of 2x3" aluminum angle and cut it in half.  If I were to do it again, I would have used the distance from the pylon all the way to the divider (around 15" IIRC) so that I'd have a bit more room to work with.  I used self-tapping screws to go into the aluminum frame.  I pushed them as far back as possible, but just far enough back that I could get mounting bolts and a wrench behind the aluminum.  The port side is for the oil filters, starboard for fuel.  I went with this oil filter relocation kit and purchased an additional 5 feet of hose.  I'm sure there are many other solutions out there...do your homework.  This one uses an adapter, supplied hose (only 6 feet), and a mount that was easy to install.  Only caveat: your new oil filter is Ford style (different seal location on filter), so be sure to note that for future maintenance. 

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Here is the adapter that came off of the engine, and below that is the adapter that replaces it.  On the bottom side there are 2 threaded openings where barbed hose connections are installed.  There is a center gasket and an outer square ring gasket.  That one was tricky, I used gasket sealer to get it to stay on during the install.  Be certain you note the "IN" and "OUT" hoses during installation.

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And here is the almost-finished product.  I have to finish electrical on the pump and tidy up with some zip ties, some anti-chafing poly sleeve hose wrap, and other finishing touches.  From the previous installation of the aux fuel pump, I just tied into the wiring going to the main fuel pump.  I didn't take a ton of pictures, but just know that your hose routing is important.  Don't be too eager to cut the hose or tighten down the clamps until you are sure you're happy with what you see, and of course follow the directions on the kit.  The directions included numerous warning about mixing up the hoses and failure to conduct a proper leak check after installation; the consequences should be obvious. 

On the fuel side, I'm using the Yamaha MAR-FUELF-IL-TR cartridge filter.  Also note that 1/2" fuel hose is not that common...you'll either have to use adapters (I did) or change the hose to 3/8".  Make sure that any fuel pump or filter kit utilizes a 3/8" male fitting with 1/2" barbed hose connectors and you'll be fine with the factory hose.  Side note: the 1/2" hose I bought had a thinner diameter than the factory hose, so your hose clamps may not fit.  I went with Breeze liner hose clamps, I found a set of 10 on ebay cheap. 

Please note that I'm only using the supplied hose and hose clamps as a mock up and will later replace them with proper crimped hoses using these as templates.

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MadMan

Looks good.  I'm going to change oil in mine soon and it's going to be messy.

I believe the reason these kits use the Ford/Chrysler filter is because they have the filter bypass valve built in the filter itself.  The original filter bypass is part of the adapter removed during installation. 

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williemon

That looks real good. 

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