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post #1 of 5 Old 08-08-2012, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Flo Oil Filter - webBikeWorld

i'm thinking this would take the place of a belly pan. it is a very good article with good counter points. i may get one later.

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Kite, I think the re-usable filter thang has been discussed here before. Most of the guys agree (if I remember correctly??) that spending the time cleaning the filter is not worth it.........and I believe some questioned how small a partical the SS could trap?? In the article above, the writer talks about having to drive so-in-so miles to buy a filter and in the end it costing $25. Well, he needs to be intorduced to the internet and the US Postal Service.......buy a dozen oil filters on-line and have them shipped to your residence?? So, if one spends $100 for this filter now, and sells his bike in 3 years, how much $$$ has he really saved by using the clean-able filter unit???

You do bring up a good point about the SS cannister as a "filter condom"..........for "protection".

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yea mark, I agree. i found particularly interesting the comments following the article. some maintenance types and engineers in the know posted up some good stuff.

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Another solution in search of a problem. Who has had an engine wear out due to conventional filters properly changed?

IF (big if) a stainless mesh filter provided filtration down to, say, 20 microns, and if the total life cost of the stainless filter was less than many conventional filters, and if I had access to an ultrasonic cleaning machine for really good cleaning, and if I owned an engine long enough to get any benefit, I'd consider the stainless mesh filters.

I've used stainless mesh filters on some hydraulic systems and conventional filters on other hydraulic systems. I didn't find any difference except the difficulty of fully cleaning the mesh. I just sold a turbo Volvo car with 202,000 miles, conventional filters changed every 10,000 miles along with they syn oil, and it ran great with some of the original factory machining marks still visible on the cam lobes. Those standard MANN filters did their job.

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I love the idea of the reuseable filter and could easily justify the cost. For the last few years I ride 30,000+ miles per year. I don't know if I would want to be bothered by the effort required to clean the filter.


I only ever run the factory OEM filters on anything I use and probably will continue to do so. It might be a bit of superstition on my part, but I have been in the Automotive industry since 1981 selling VW's and Audi for 13.5 years and Porsches for the last 17.5 years. Oil filter failures or related failures are rare, but the only time I have ever seen them is when non-factory filters were used. I have seen some fliters split, and others cause problems when the bypass valve likely didn't work as per the manufacturer's recommendation. I might be dreaming, and it is quite possible that aftermarket filters are every bit as good or better than OEM, but when I look at the costs of the OEM filters vs the alternatives it doesnt make a lot of sense to me to use non-oem.

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