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post #1 of 21 Old 06-28-2006, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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What Kind of Oil Filters ?

What oil filters are y'all using on your DL1000's and where do you buy them?

Looking for a source for reasonably priced filters.

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What oil filters are y'all using on your DL1000's and where do you buy them?

Looking for a source for reasonably priced filters.

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Is it really worth buying an unknown to save $5.00?

I used to work at a BMW car dealership. We would regularly have guys that bought 320's come back with an aftermarket oil filter, typically Bosch, that had blown off. Any idea how much it costs when you spin the bearings in a new BMW 320 and you have no warranty?

I'm not saying it'll happen for sure but I, personally, don't think its worth the savings to take the chance.

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Is it really worth buying an unknown to save $5.00?

I used to work at a BMW car dealership. We would regularly have guys that bought 320's come back with an aftermarket oil filter, typically Bosch, that had blown off. Any idea how much it costs when you spin the bearings in a new BMW 320 and you have no warranty?

I'm not saying it'll happen for sure but I, personally, don't think its worth the savings to take the chance.
Why is buying another brand of filter other than Suzuki an "unknown"? I'd say the Suzuki filter is just as much as an unknown as any brand. Do you think Suzuki manufactures those filters themselves? No, they have a supplier print the Suzuki name on it. If one supplier jacks up the price, SUzuki will just go somewhere else and you would never know (unknown).

I have never seen a filter comparison that suggested that the OEM filter was so far superior that it justified the $12 price tag. IMHO, any decent filer, properly installed and changed every oil change, will be fine. So I will pocket my $5-$6 savings and have a couple of beers.

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So...$12.00 is expensive for something that is VERY important for your engine??? You'll spend that much, putting gas in the damn bike. :roll:

Also.....there has been articles written, that compare oil filters. There are "few" aftermarket filters, that match or exceed the quality and performance of the OEM filters. It is true, that Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha etc.... don't make their own filters, but they also aren't made by crappy fram or wix either!!! Mobil 1 and Amsoil make the "2" top rated filters on the market. Other than these...go OEM!!!!!

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Napa Gold on my Wee since its first oil change. 46,000km on her now, no problemo's. I change the oil/fliter every 5000km with MobilOne 10w40 motorcycle oil.

I buy them 6 at a time for 9.00 cdn ea.

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I'm concerned that the OEM filter I picked up today now says "Made In China". I wonder if any thing has changed? I did notice the filter cap wrench seems to fit much looser than previous filters (same stock #) going back to my SV and Bandit.
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Fram filters are what I use as I can get them anywhere. Typically an oil filter is only on my bike 5-6 weeks and then I'm performing another change.

Here's my take and anyone who wants to disagree is free to do so. The simple fact is MOST riders will typically only ride 3000 miles a season or less. Yes this includes many who purchased the Wee Strom (poseurs purchase all makes & models of motorcycles :P ) Thus the average rider has to perform 1 oil change a season. Most riders will not keep a bike 10 years and if they do the number of 10 year old bikes with 30,000 miles is very rare. Last season I performed 7 oil changes :shock: I'm not worried about blowing up my motor due to a "bad" oil filter or "bad" oil

Buy whatever brand of filter tickles yer fancy, use a quality oil (again whatever tickles yer fancy) put on your riding gear, turn the key in the ignition and twist yer right wrist. Most of ya worry way too much about protecting yer precious bikes, when ya might be better off riding the doG dammed thing

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Shoot, I've had the bike a total of two weeks now and I've racked up 12xx miles already. It's not a poser, it's a rider!

I'll be lucky to only have 25,000 miles on it this year.

Thanks for all the input on oil filters. Just as I thought, there is as much opinion based on them as there is with what kind of oil should you use.

That's something I have no problem in choosing. The best oil for any 4 cycle motor is easy to remember . . . . . . .







Clean and fresh of the viscosity and SAE rating that the manufacturers recommends.

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