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Old 07-02-2007, 06:49 PM
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Best @ Worst oil filters.

I want to wish (All) A happy @ safe FOURTH. Next I would like some opions on FRAM oil filters Their advertizing is there filter is th best on the Planet I have 50 Chevy 5 window tk w/350 sbc w/full length headers. I can't use anything but a short filter. I have used fram for the last 4 oil changes. Next change I'm going back to Delco #454. I just want some HOTRODDERS input AS always hotrodders BB is



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Hi Jimdandy.

Personally, moving away from the Fram is a good idea. I've read and read and have not found much to make me a Fram believer. I too like the AC filters. Wix are good, as are both Napa filters (most likely Wix reboxed) and oddly enough, the Purolators fair good too.

If you like to read up on oil filters, here is a good site on oil and filters with real world tests and data. www.bobistheoilguy.com

And this one is a little outdated but still very interesting.
Filter study.

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I quit using their filters when I had one collapse on our Chrysler stock minivan. I now only use Wix or Carquest (made by Wix) with no issues now.
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Fram is no where near the best oil filter. I would not even classify them as a good oil filter. For running conventional motor oil use Purolator, Wix, or AC. For running synthetic oil use either a Purolator Pure 1, Mobil 1 or Amsoil.

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But they're orange, so they're easy to aim at when you're shooting at the dump.
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If you find them at the dump you need to shoot at the A..hole that put them there in the first place...


Had real good luck with NAPA Gold filters... Wix racing seems to be pretty good too...
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I don't know if Wix still makes them the same way, but when I moved from Ohio to North Carolina, Wix was just about all you saw in the parts houses. They were at that time made in Gastonia, NC which is in the heart of the textile industry. They used waste and remnants from the cotton mills as the filtering medium (seemed to have worked well) and so everybody supported them. I used them for years, but got away from them when I relocated to Arizona.

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"But they're orange, so they're easy to aim at when you're shooting at the dump."
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check the internet my chevy truck ac oil filter was changed from pf59 to a pf46 i believe and I went looking on the internet for a good filter( a big one instead of the reccomeded small one) and there are some sites out there with people with too much time on their hands because they cut apart about 20 different filters and evaluated them
I personally dont have the patients for that kind of stuff but I know you can find it on the internet
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Fram had a tough time with a buyout a while back, sold some crap filters and got a bad reputation. On the whole these days,for filtering ability they're pretty good. They are NOT however, good for old american V-8s, because our old muscle needs lots of flow, and dump lots of junk in the pan. Our old engines can handle some microscopic crud floating around so long as our cams and journals get lots and lots of oil. Newer engines don't need as much flow, but particulate matter hurts them a lot worse. For my old V-8s, I use Carquest (WIX) or Napa Gold (WIX), and sometimes when I'm feeling spendy, I'll buy the name brand WIX filter.

Just FYI, while carquest and Napa get there filters from WIX, they are not the same filter as their WIX counterparts. They definitely look different inside, and for Gen II AMC V-8s, the WIX filters have a goofy stamped hex head nut welded on them while Napa and Cq don't. You might want to check the filter differences for you application at the store.
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Best @ Worst oil filters.

I've been using the K & N brand of filters the last few years and have no complaints.
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We build a lot of circle track engines and we plug the bypass on the oil filter adaptor forcing all theoil through the filter and form time to time we get a call from the track as the engine is down on oil pressure and my comment is get rid of the Fram filter you installed and put a NAPA 1061 or a WIX 51061 filter on there and after that the problem is taken care of.

Moral of the story is running a Fram your oil filter bypass is wide open and not filtering oil due to not enough filter paper and poor filter media.

And we do not use the Racing Filters as they have a bigger micron rating which will allow bigger particles through the filter so be aware.
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I have built engs for yrs as street ,and racing, never lost a bearing or cam. I have a b/fuel, alky, dragster now and have no problem with fram. thats my experience.
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I don't know if Wix still makes them the same way, but when I moved from Ohio to North Carolina, Wix was just about all you saw in the parts houses. They were at that time made in Gastonia, NC which is in the heart of the textile industry. They used waste and remnants from the cotton mills as the filtering medium (seemed to have worked well) and so everybody supported them. I used them for years, but got away from them when I relocated to Arizona.
I wont use WIX now nor would I use them even when I lived in Gastonia and could get them free as my ex-father in law was the company CFO. They used any scrap fabric available - and if it included cigarette butts, wood chips or whatever else that was on the floor or trash bin, well that was OK too.

And he wouldn't use them in his Lincoln either.

I'm using Purolators and Motorcraft and if I find a Mobil 1 on sale, then will consider them as well on my Ford engines.
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Wix gold or Delco for me. Usually Delco 454
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I will use the fram also, but I must also say I change the oil within a 100 miles after it starts to turn color. Change the oil in the harley every 1k mikes also . I spend money on oil cause it is a cheep expense, not trying to get good oil mileage, just want max lube and protection, my engine is very clean top side and crank side. Filters are filters and if your goal is to not use to many cause of cost then even the most hyped up spec orientated filter will produce the bad effects as the not so filter. The only bad filter would be the one that falls off collapses or is plugged, on the other hand one made from old clothes from the garment industry would not even be considered. Companies are around and building a product for a long time are usually the ones to buy from.
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