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post #1 of 23 Old 05-02-2012, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
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Reusable Oil Filter

Does anyone use one of these?


http://www.klr650.com/Steel%20Oil%20Filter.htm

I was wondering if they were any good or if I should stick with the Fram.

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1) Yes.
2) I have no idea how well it works but the bike still runs at 8500 miles on the odometer.

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Does anyone use one of these?


http://www.klr650.com/Steel%20Oil%20Filter.htm

I was wondering if they were any good or if I should stick with the Fram.

I had one on another bike...

They aren't cost effective IMHO. Say you change a filter every other oil change. Conservative 2K mile intervals. $4 per fliter. It's going to be 40K miles before you break even on the cost of the reusable filter.

Cleaning the reusable filter is a bit of a pain also. I sprayed mine off with brake cleaner but it's easier just to take out a paper filter and dump it.

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I too have considered the reusealble oil filter. I think it is not cost effective but I am still on the fence as the machine should perform slightly better. I think there are slight improvements in flow cooling and overall protection. I would say if it looks cool and feels good do it...most of us KLR owners aint rich
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Does anyone use one of these?
I was wondering if they were any good or if I should stick with the Fram.

First of all don't use Fram filters. Google is your friend on that one.

In regard to the "reusable" filter. Not saying it's a bad thing but something about the thought of a reusable oil filter doesn't sit well with me. I'm old school I guess. To me they are only clean when you buy them. After that I don't think that it is possible to remove everything from the filter. We're talking microns here, stuff you can't really see. For me remove and replace. Filters are cheap if you buy them in quantity.

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I too have used one for years and years without any oil issues at all. Yes it was stupid expensive when I bought mine! Buy I looked at it as, when on a trip I never need to worry about finding a filter, just oil. A little gas to wash the filter out and then stuff her back in until I get home to do a real cleaning. with gas and compressed air. They catch a lot of crap and do fill up so you must clean them well or as said above, it will be an issue if you don't. Just as any filter can be if not cleaned and put back in clean.
I take mine out at an oil change and let soak in valsol at home, gas on the road, then clean airfilter while it's soaking and drying......it becomes a ritual.

To each thier own, just like Amsoil is the best oil to use in KLRs.....IMHO..lol.


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yep i have had mine in since her first change at 3k, now just about to roll over 20k. personally i dont mind cleaning it, i dont find it hard to do at all. it WILL pay for itself and then it will SAVE <~~~ emphasis you money after that. i think i paid like 35 for mine. well worth it imho.

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First of all don't use Fram filters. Google is your friend on that one.

In regard to the "reusable" filter. Not saying it's a bad thing but something about the thought of a reusable;e oil filter doesn't sit well with me. I'm old school I guess. To me they are only clean when you buy them. After that I don't think that it is possible to remove everything front he filter. We're talking microns here, stuff you can't really see. For me remove and replace. Filters are cheap if you buy them in quantity.

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I agree 1000% about the FRAM FILTERS. I cut apart a lot of filters when I was racing stock cars. The Fram filters had much less filter element than the other filters. That meant they would clog up much quicker. I use Wix or Kralinator or Purolator or anything but Fram. Napa filters are made by Wix if I remember correctly.
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Not slamming the re-useable oil filters but I do have some concerns about them regardless of the testimonials offered here.

I use a Wix oil filter (24951). Their website claims 24 micron filtration, the re-useable linked to in the OP is 35 micron. I agree that's a small difference but my biggest concern would be how clean you can get it after subsequent re-use. Point being if it clogs and you cant tell, the oil will hit the bypass and go along un-filtered.

Paper filters replaced at every oil change are cheap enough to give me that piece of mind.

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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What Flash said.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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