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post #1 of 24 Old 09-01-2018, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Stainless Steel -vs- Paper Oil Filter

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My new-to-me bike from April has a FLO stainless steel, reusable oil filter and it is coming up on the first oil/filter change since I bought it. I would never buy such a device because I like the convenience of tossing the old filter but since it came with the bike I am considering cleaning it and reusing it. On the other hand, I have read mixed reviews on whether these filters are good or bad for a street bike so I am thinking of junking it for a standard paper filter. Any thoughts, opinions or advice?

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Well...if you use the oem spin-on filter you wont even have to think about it at all and it becomes a non-issue.
Which is exactly what I would do.
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I am a big fan of OEM filters on the stuff I own.
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I would stay with a throwaway filter.
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Here is more than you ever needed to know about air and oil filters by Cal-Sci in a study specifically made on behalf of a large construction/mining company looking to economize on the maintenance costs of their fleet of vehicles.

https://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Filters.html

In a nutshell the reusable stainless steel replacements cannot and will not give equal protection. Stick to an OEM or proven quality equivalent.
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How about cleaning it and run the oil a couple thousand miles and send the oil in for analysis? Then run a spin on filter and do the same. Then you will know.


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I'm not that curious. Use what the manufacturer recommends and move on.
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post #8 of 24 Old 09-02-2018, 01:29 AM
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Thanks,

Good article Brockie. I did not know that Mobil 1 filters, which I have been using in my Toyotas recently, will fit on the Tenere.

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ST, I really like my '14 DL1K. Yet I'm intrigued by the Super Tenere'. I'll have to test-ride one at a local dealer here.
"I did not know that Mobil 1 filters, which I have been using in my Toyotas recently, will fit on the Tenere."

When Mazda released their Sky-active engines, there was a new oil filter to be used on them. For 2 years the Sky-active engines were sold alongside the conventional engine. Mazda issued a TSB warning stating that even though the filters were the same physically and would fit either, the conventional engine oil filters were not to be used on the Sky-active engines due to different flow characteristics.
The Sky-active engines use an extreme form of variable cam-timing(40 degrees advanced to 40 degrees retarded), and the conventional oil filters supposedly interfered with variable cam timing sprocket's internal operation.
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I'd personally not use a reusable filter.

1. SS mesh is porous and will not filter down to the micron level a paper element will.
2. Cleaning SS filters properly taken an ultrasonic cleaner.
3. Cleaning/drying a reusable filter takes time. A lot more time than spinning on a new fresh filter
4. Most of the SS reusable filters I've seen are in the $80 range. Couple that with the cost of an ultrasonic cleaner (not a HF jewelry cleaner), detergent and the time investment and you'll find your reusable filer is about 10X the cost of a disposable filter and doesn't do as good of a job.
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