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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rusty O'Toole, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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    Rusty O'Toole

    I know there are articles on the web, I did a search and found lots of them, but every one I saw was 8 years old or older. Does anyone know of any tests done more recently?
  2. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,661


    I found a web page, obviously funded by Amazon, listing the 'top-30'.....the list included 5 different Fram filters and not one Wix thinks there is a flaw....

  3. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,394


    From an oil analyois company the company I worked for used Fleet Guard.
  4. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,907


    There was a very comprehensive one done a few years back that was extremely detailed. It dissected every leading filter on the market, preformed tests, etc. Based on that info it seems Purolator is definitely the best bang for the buck and it's the only filter I use on all my cars. Fram looks to be junk! But hey........opinions vary!
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  5. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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    Rusty O'Toole

    Yeah I looked at some of those 'top 10' and 'top 30' lists all obviously shills. There were a few comprehensive, detailed analyses but the newest one I found was from 2008. Wonder if there is something more up to date.
  6. uncleandy 65
    Joined: Jan 14, 2013
    Posts: 3,955

    uncleandy 65

    Back in the day we used Scott toilet paper in the canister filters.
  7. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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    Rusty O'Toole

    I've got one of those Frantz filters but never used it. New cars don't seem to have any room under the hood to put one.
  8. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,137

    from California

    the machinist who built a few motors for me said to use Wix. he actually scolded me when he saw a Fram on a 289 he built for a Mustang I had.
  9. IndigoInkTaco
    Joined: Sep 24, 2016
    Posts: 55

    from Jersey

    After doing some research, it was somewhat unanimous to go w/ Napa/WIX, so I just put a Napa Gold filter on mine.
    Although I have to say, after trying to obtain the correct filter by emailing wix, they have pretty poor customer service. The guy seemed more worried about their liability in recommending the wrong filter than helping me ensure I'm using the right one. After a lot more cross checking and researching than needed, I found the correct one anyway, but no thanks to Wix's CS rep.
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  10. Yep, Wix/NAPA filters are the good ones and easy to find, Motorcraft is another but not so easy to find, Fram is junk.... There's some other good ones (Purolater, AC, Bosch), but they're harder to find and don't have coverage for everything. Wix makes filters for damn near everything.

    Harley used to sell a 'Screaming Eagle' air cleaner assembly as a hop-up part for their bikes that featured a K&N washable filter element (made to order for Harley). HD switched to Fram as their supplier, the now-paper filters immediately got a bad rep as the filters would disintegrate and get ingested into the motor....
  11. Rice n Beans Garage
    Joined: Dec 17, 2006
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    Rice n Beans Garage

    Frame installation instructions:

    1. Confirm application
    2. Open box
    3. Remove from box
    4. Toss in trash can
    5. Pat yourself on the back

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  12. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    IndigolnkTaco X2.
  13. AKGrouch
    Joined: Oct 19, 2014
    Posts: 208


    I'll just stick with Wix
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  14. 19Eddy30
    Joined: Mar 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,361

    from VA

    Wix--R filters
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2016
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  15. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 19,205


    SBC's and citrus fruit are the only things that are good and orange.

    I would not install a Fram filter on cinder bock, let alone anything that needs to have anything filtered.
  16. Funny!

    I bought a box full of Fram filters at a swap meet for 10 bucks and found the ideal use for them ~ Target Practice! HRP
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  17. LOL I can't tell you who makes the best filter, I can tell you that I don't. Hell from what I have been told I don't even choose a good filter.

    Wix makes a good filter, or at least they did at onetime. Back before anyone really knew what a Wix filter was we called them a farmer filter because farmers used them a lot. if you think about it, its really not an insult, who gets the best value out of everything that they buy and use? Farmers do.
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  18. The local cab company use to be next to our business and they used Wix,I figured as much punishment as cabs get they know the best filters. HRP
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  19. I bought some Wix XP filters for my 355, they're 21 microns. I started the break in with a Royal Purple which is also good. I always go with a longer filter than the stock one. Moroso makes one that I liked as well and is carried by my local speed shop.
  20. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,246

    from Quincy, IL

    I am a WIX fan..........

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  21. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
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    Motorcraft FL-1A in my older Fords. Heard there made by Purolator which also have a good filter.
  22. IndigoInkTaco
    Joined: Sep 24, 2016
    Posts: 55

    from Jersey

    Keep in mind, I believe Mann also acquired wix earlier this year. I have no idea if that will change anything in the design/quality of their filters, but maybe something to keep an eye in the future. I'm sure the folks over on BITOG will be monitoring this for masses as well :)
  23. H380
    Joined: Sep 20, 2015
    Posts: 466

    from Louisiana

    I use Wix or the long truck AC Delco on my SBC. Depends on my mood. Honestly nothing wrong with AC Delco or Motorcraft. Try them out and then cut open an old filter to look at the construction.
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  24. BigDogSS
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 915

    from SoCal

    My engine builder, who's been around the block 10,000+ times, said to use WIX in my newly rebuilt, not cheap 327. I order them a couple at a time through RockAuto.

    Here a tip --> When you buy a filter at a store, open the box to make sure the correct filter is IN the box. I've came across this issue a couple of times. It just saves the aggravation of returning the filter for the correct one.
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  25. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 19,205


    Mann is an OEM for European cars.

    If it can filter a six-figure hypercar, it can filter your hot rod.
  26. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,295


    I bailed off the Fram bandwagon sometime around the mid 70's. Seen three different failures first hand. Napa Gold/Wix these days. And they're easy enough to find.
  27. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,728

    Atwater Mike

    Our resident counter man at O'Reilly's cut open some new filters, at the O.K. from his boss.
    Fram has a 'shorter' paper element (and less dense) besides a spring plate (just a circle of .020" steel compound curved for tension) that does NOT keep tension on the filter gasket, lots of oil bypasses it.

    WIX and Bosch have denser filter paper, and a coil spring at the tension end.
    Cut open a WIX, then a Fram. Obvious.
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  28. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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    Rusty O'Toole

    The local parts store sells Fram, Mann and K&N.
  29. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
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    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    It is my understanding that wix manufactures filters for a number of other companies besides napa. Also the last time I looked at a puralator box it said made in Vietnam! That's been some time ago, and most of the products we buy are made by someone who probley dose not even know what it is used for. Use good oil and change it with the filter every 3,000 miles or once a year and you won't have any issue's . And if your motor blows a filter apart, you got more problem's than filter quality. Larry
  30. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 1,088


    On my big trucks and equipment we would only use wix. I'll run k&n on my car motors

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