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post #1 of 23 Old 01-27-2010, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Source for Oil Filters ??? Paper vs. Stainless ?

So I'm new to the forum and appreciate all of the ideas and hints I've already gotten! I have several other bikes and usually buy oil filters and oil in bulk and get it over with and save a few $$$. So I'd like to hear if the washable/stainless thingies I see on ebay are worth the bother or where I can find the cheapy stock-like filters for cheap. I have a GPZ1100 and get filters from J.C. Witless for $2.00 a piece and bought my Vrod cannister-style filters for $4.50 each on ebay as well. So far I've seen (3) paper filters for $5.99 BUT $5.99 shipping, is that the best deal ???

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post #2 of 23 Old 01-27-2010, 08:07 PM
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Wix 24951 $6 -7 comes with gaskets and available anywhere. Never been a fan of the washable filters, if they clog up your oil just hits the bypass unfiltered. My question has always been at what point does the bypass, in PSI is being filtered, ( the steel cylindrical spring operated center section of the filter bypass ) If that is not known then what amount of oil is actually being filtered?

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Look on the Internet, for example at Schnitz Racng, for EMGO or HiFiltro filters by the case. They should be in the $2 range. Both are good filters.


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post #4 of 23 Old 01-27-2010, 09:24 PM
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I buy my filters from Bike Bandit in bulk, i can't remember the price right now, but I am a cheapskate and always look for the best deal. So I feel safe in saying they are very reasonable in their price and shipping. I get the HIFILTRO 123 filters and have had no problems over the last 2 years with them. I usually get my oil at Tractor Supply by the gallon, Rotella 15-40, the price is also very reasonable. Although I am a cheapskate I do not skimp on the quality of the oils and filters, so you may get some products for less, I think these are the best quality products at the best price.

I used to drive a truck so I used to use the same Delvac oil in my KLR that I used in the truck, Delvac is IMHO the finest available and can now be found at WalMart and other places instead of just truck stops. To give an idea of how good the Delvac is, we changed the oil every 35,000 miles in the truck, so that should give you an idea of how well the oil stands up without breaking down. When stopped driving my truck had over 850,000 miles on it and was still going strong. She was a 2007 model Freight-Shaker Century Class.


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post #5 of 23 Old 01-28-2010, 08:11 AM
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I change oil/filter on a regular basis (every 2000 or less miles, depending on conditions ridden) and with your AMA discount at Bike Bandit, the Emgo's are less than $2 shipped, if you buy a bunch.. I think I picked up 25 of them last time and traded severa of them to KLR riding buddies for beer.
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Anyone using the KN123 oil filter and is it worth the price?
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I don't get quite as good of a deal as some of the other fellows, but I have had good luck buying Hi-Flo filters from Rusty Riders on ebay. I paid $37.93 for 10 filters shipped to my house address... $3.79 a filter is a lot better than the $10 I paid for one at Canadian Tire. The Canadian Tire one did come with a new o-ring though! Lolz!

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I decided to stay with the paper ones that way I don,t worry that I might of missed something when I washed the metal kind.An oil filter is cheap conpared to an engine
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Local Kawasaki dealership wants 9.89 for a replacement filter. Genuine Kawi though he says
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post #10 of 23 Old 08-06-2010, 06:52 PM
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I also bought in bulk from Bike Bandit - the HF123's. They have a best price guarantee too.
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