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post #1 of 20 Old 08-05-2019, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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1st oil/filter change

Went easily enough. But after comparing the stock OEM oil filter to the WIX filter next time I'll go OEM.
The OEM is much thicker and heavier which should result in better rock protection with the stock plastic "skid plate"
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Humm, not sure I understand. Did you compare both filters new out of the box or the used OME filter with the new Wix? The (any) used filter gains weight after being used because....well its used and still has oil and dirt in it.

"The OME is much thicker". Are you referring to the metal outside casing? How did you compare the thickness of the OME to the Wix?
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I have a Givi skid plate. The Wix works for me.
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Humm, not sure I understand. Did you compare both filters new out of the box or the used OME filter with the new Wix? The (any) used filter gains weight after being used because....well its used and still has oil and dirt in it.

"The OME is much thicker". Are you referring to the metal outside casing? How did you compare the thickness of the OME to the Wix?
Outside metal casing. By feel/touch the OEM is thicker. I been a user of WIX filters for many years but this one felt cheap. Maybe its my imagination, but for $8 more once or twice a year think I'll stick with OEM.

And this is the first time ever said I would stick to OEM and I am 66, lol.
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Outside metal casing. By feel/touch the OEM is thicker. I been a user of WIX filters for many years but this one felt cheap. Maybe its my imagination, but for $8 more once or twice a year think I'll stick with OEM.

And this is the first time ever said I would stick to OEM and I am 66, lol.
That's good to know. I'm quite sure there are many more filter brands than manufactures. I have never used a Wix oil filter. The last oil filter I installed on the 650's were Hiflo (HF138) a couple of weeks ago and I must say they felt pretty stout. I'm not sure if you can feel quality but it still comforting doing an oil refresh and installing the best filter you can get your hands on. I suspect Suzuki's OME filter is a re-branded something or other. I'm a cheapskate (lol) and I also kind of enjoy trying the non OME products that get recommended by other users on this site...for now.
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Put a HF138 on my wish list and will order one soon. Be interesting to compare it to the OEM.
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post #7 of 20 Old 08-05-2019, 03:52 PM
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VStrom #1, 4 years and 26000 miles, HiFlo filters. Yammy FJR1300, 7 years and 30000 miles, HiFlo filters. VStrom #2 (my current 2018 DL650), HiFlo filters.

I don't know who makes the Suzuki labeled filters, but HiFlo build OEM label filters. Suzuki filters are +$13 at the dealers, HiFlo about $8.70 at Amazon.
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Been using HiFlo oil filters for 10 years. No problems, hand tightened, never a leak or problem.

Last time I used a HiFlo air filter HFA3611.
Before they used a paper filter, red color, but they changed to what looks to be same as OEM. Will post a few picture when the change interval comes up.

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I have used Hi Flo, they are good. I like Wix, both for quality and availability in most auto part stores. OE of course is good, but I dont really like the o-ring, prefer a square cut gasket on the oil filter.
Anything that meets manufacturer specs, (which means any brand name and not counterfiet), is going to work ok.

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The OEM filter arrived today. It is heads and tails better than the WIX as far as having a thicker casing. Holding a WIX in one hand and the OEM in the other and the heft is very noticeable. I know this doesn't mean it will filter better but it will certainty add to the durability if a rock ever hits it.
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