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post #1 of 44 Old 08-24-2009, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Wix, Napa, HiFlo, do you use these Filters?

Is anyone using Wix, Napa, HiFlo oil filters rather than Suzuki OEM? How many miles on you Strom?
My dealer wants (hold onto your seat) $16+ for an OEM filter. Oneida wants $8. Powersports has HiFlo for $5 and cheap shipping too.
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post #2 of 44 Old 08-24-2009, 02:45 PM
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I use Wix. I paid $10.99 at O'Reilly's. The dealer closes to me (which I loathe) charges $18/filter.

All of those that you listed seem recommended.

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post #3 of 44 Old 08-24-2009, 03:05 PM
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OReilly has Wix? I go to Napa for a Napa filter. Napa is a wix filter. OReilly is 4 blocks away. Napa is 8 miles from my House. Sorry to hijack.
Supposedly WIX/Napa are the best. I've used Fram(supposedly one of the worst). WIX/Napa are good filters and you can't go wrong with them.

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Originally Posted by basstodave View Post
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Questions like yours are a good way to start a fight around here.

Lots of people using filters other than Suzuki brand. I'm using Purolator without any problems. Amazon had the Purolators at 2 for $11, with free shipping if you bought at least $25 worth.

There are people that insist anything less than an OEM filter is unacceptable. I understand their position, but I haven't seen anything to lead me to believe that's the case.

Lots of anecdotal stories about problems with Fram filters, however. Enough that I avoid using them.

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Questions like yours are a good way to start a fight around here.
True, and I often wonder why? This is a forum to discuss all things about our favorite motorcycle, and oil/filters is one of them. Never could figure out why some guys hyperventilate about 'em - just don't click!!! :rolleyes:

Anyway, I've used WIX (51359)/NAPA (1359), and Puro ML16818, in addition to the OEM filter for years in a variety of Suzukis. Never had any problems. I haven't accumulated vast amounts of mileage, so, will there be any long-term problems as a result of these choices? Dunno, but I sincerely doubt it.

SOMEONE, not Suzuki, makes the OEM filter - odds are it's probably one of the guys in the list in the Service and Maintenance section of the forum, anyway, and that's probably subject to change any time they get a better deal from a vendor.

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post #6 of 44 Old 08-24-2009, 04:20 PM
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post #7 of 44 Old 08-24-2009, 04:31 PM
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RWEST is on the ball--there are many other filters equal to or superior to the Suzuki brand, and it is this site's purpose to inform and discuss this peacefully.

I use HiFlo currently and have had perfect satisfaction with Wix. Suzuki needs to review the price of their filters--thats the free enterprise system at its best. If Suzuki were to sell no more filters due to their excessive price they would get the message. If we continue to pay their high price, we have nothing to complain about.

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post #8 of 44 Old 08-24-2009, 04:39 PM
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I order 4 Wix filters for $40 incl shipping online. I also bought a filter at my dealer (the Wix filters took a week) and found out a Suzuki filter from them was only $10. I can't compare the quality but I probably will buy my next filters from my Suzuki dealer.
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I started using HiFlo many years ago, it was the only filter my dealer carried at the time.

I still use them and will go out of my way to request them.

I have no reasoning on this other than if they were good enough for one of the best dealers I've ever worked with they're good enough for me.

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post #10 of 44 Old 08-24-2009, 07:03 PM
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I would use Wix, Napa, Purolater or K&N. It's very easy to get to the filter on this bike, so the K&N with the nut doesn't offer as much of an advantage as on other vehicles. All of the others are about the same. I just happen to have 3 suzuki filters I purchased on the cheap.
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