View Full Version : Washable - Reuseable Oil Filter
06-11-2007, 09:27 PM
Anyone have any experience with stainless steel washable oil filters? The kind that are a direct spin-on replacement for the stock filter.
10-22-2007, 07:32 PM
I honestly wouldn't use anything outside of what the factory recommends when it comes to oil filters.
12-08-2007, 02:45 AM
Oil is the life blood of a bike change it regular and use a good filter!
they are only 9 to 12 $
12-08-2007, 07:21 AM
Some dirtbikes and 4 wheelers use a stainless steel fine screen type filter. They work OK but that's about it. They do get torn real easy.
12-09-2007, 10:00 AM
A ”washable stainless steel OIL filter”?! :eek: I can’t even begin to imagine a company would have the absolute guile to come out with such a product?! :( It most certainly might trap busted engine parts chunks before getting into the oil passages then the works, but long before that you’d be busted down by the roadside anyways (in where else but Bum-Friggin’-Egypt!)! :eek: Good quality Treated Paper Oil Filters are deigned to capture particles in the ‘Microns’ not just meters! :D Plus keep oil flow restriction to a minimum plus last between oil changes without they themselves clogging up the oil system. :rolleyes: I gotta’ admit I do tend to change filters and oil these days based on months instead miles, so it really is a minor annual expenditure – certainly when compared to actually riding or especially driving! :cool:
On the other hand, I’m definitely sold on washable AIR Filters. :D I’ve used oiled Foam Air Filters for decades with great success, but got to concede these newer washable ‘Paper’ (Gauze) type are probably even better (oiled or even NON-oiled types). ;)
Footnote: At least ways I'm grateful that it would seem 99.99% of all bikes THESE days even have a Paper OIL Filter. Seems a lot of the older Metric bikes I started out with didn't even have a 'real' filter per-say. Maybe it might have a 'Centrifugal' filter IF you were lucky but that's about it. Harley’s always did seem to include an Oil Filter?! But I swear my first one ever (a 1979 XLH-1000) was probably the first H-D that didn’t?! They had redesigned the Oil Tank that year (carried over from last years Café’ Racer version). Nice…… :mad: Mind you they did follow up later with a Spin-On type.:o
12-10-2007, 09:15 PM
I agree with all of the above except I like Fram oil filters and don't care what the dealers say. They buy them with their names on them anyway. I go to Wal-Mart and can find Frams best for my bikes. I buy oil there also as Harley also buys it the same way. Every bike shop has a brand they say is best. Harley for years said to never use multi grade oil and now they are pushing the 20-50 here in Florida for all year round use. The manual says to change the oil weight acording the the temp it will be used in. I go by the manual on this. I do know the air cooled bikes need to change the oil more often as the extra heat breaks down the oil. It is more important to change it often than worry about what type of oil to use. In a camparison test Castrol GTX regular oil did as good as the top synthetics. If I'm changing oil I'm for sure going to do the filter too. I do use synthetic in everything but still change it every 3 to 4 thousand and do not see any difference in gas milage or quieter engine, as some say. Some of the Hondas still do not use a filter, like a Rebel.
12-24-2007, 05:32 PM
Actually, Wal Mart's Super Tech filters are rated fairly high and are about $3 a crack. The Bosch you can get from Auto Zone are also real good.
A real good oil filter interchange site.
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