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post #1 of 80 Old 10-22-2010, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Filter Options for Suzukis

I bought my first Suzuki in 1979. I learned about their stupid proprietary oil filter about a week later, at my first oil change. I've been deeply annoyed at this ever since.

For the record, I'll be talking about a product in this post. I designed the product, however it won't be me making or selling the product, nor will I make any money when they are sold. My reward for my design efforts is that I got several prototype parts for free; that's the beginning and end of my involvement with this product. After all, it's apparently illegal at this site to publicize one's own product.

I now have an adapter on my VStrom that lets me use industry standard Honda type filters, like the Pure One PL14610 or the Supertech ST7317 (shown). These filters, as noted in my filter xref page, have synthetic media and are about 8 times more efficient at cleaning your oil than normal filters, like the Suzuki OEM. They also happen to cost less, but my purpose here is cleaner oil, not saving $8 per oil change. It also means I now only stock one oil filter for all my bikes - VStrom, ST1300, Superhawk, Ninja650. This adapter will fit any Suzuki 4-stroke engine, including motorcycles, marine outboards and quads.



I expect this product to be available to the public by Nov.1, 2010, for under $20. The guy making them is still working on his web site, he's not quite ready to take orders. But they're on his VStrom and mine.

Sorry about the dirty bike. My VStrom is now ridden by my 20 y/o son and has 74,000 miles on it. Like most teenagers, cleanliness is not among his outstanding qualities.

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What is wrong with the Suzuki filter? It is a standard filter used on many different 4 stroke engines and is a widely available size from virtually any auto accessory store.

If you are going to make statements about how crap things are I for one would like to see your reasoning so I can understand your argument.
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If you are going to make statements about how crap things are I for one would like to see your reasoning so I can understand your argument.
Second that. Moreover, I've been using the Purolator M16818 for 35k miles or so with no special adapter I'm aware of, is that not an industry standard filter?

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I use a NAPA filter that comes in at 9 bucks+ tax. Oh, and I only have one bike.

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As far as I can tell, the science behind the Cal-Sci web pages is sound. The filters available to fit V-Stroms are not as good as those recommended at CS. The Purolator filters that do fit our bikes is a lower quality than the Pure-One. I'd like to see an adapter available.

That being said, it wasn't clear that the touting of the adapter was not an ad until this thread. It is very clear that downloads of Suzuki manuals are copyright violations.

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Standard filters are about 85% efficient at 35 microns, about 1.4 thousandths of an inch. That means that they pass 15% of 1.4 thousandths diameter particles. Since the basic machining tolerance of your engine is 1 thousandth inch, that means particles are passed which can stick in bearings and cylinder walls and gouge both sides. Synthetic media filters are about 85% efficient at 12-15 microns, depending on brand, and 99.5% - 99.8% at 35 microns - they pass 30-75 times fewer particles at 1 thousandth of an inch. The ML filter series at Purolator is made in China and rebranded, it's cheap crap. The PL filter series at purolator is made in the US and is the best oil filter made regardless of cost. The ST filters are made on the Champion line, the same line that makes the new synthetic filters for Harley and the Mobil-1 filters, and is comparible to the PL filters from Purolator.

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Many filter options for this bike, and none yet that I know of has caused any ill effects.

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Many filter options for this bike, and none yet that I know of has caused any ill effects.
My thoughts exactly. V-Strom forums as far as I'm aware aren't flooded with people complaining about engine lubrication issues so I can only assume that the standard filter whilst maybe not theoretically the best available is certainly in practice more than suitable for the intended use.
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I've had a new oil filter tit made at work to do just this. No issues with the Suzuki filters, but now all my Honda's and the Subaru share the same Purolator Pure Ones I prefer to use.
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