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Technical Who makes the best oil filter?

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

  1. mohead1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
    Posts: 594


    Wix, Mobil 1, or K&N performance type
  2. 19Eddy30
    Joined: Mar 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,356

    from VA

    I have used System 1. Aka ""trash can "" Reusable , you can see what's going on with the engine , about $100
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  3. Fram has a couple of grades of filters. The big-box-store ones are probably the cheaper line, the part numbers had a letter suffix after the Fram part number, or they used to. I put one on a '84 Chevy wagon and the engine tended to have a slight knock on start up. That lasted for 2 starts and I put a Delco on it.

    Look up filters on Summit, they have all the stats you need. Real racing filters sometimes have a higher micron number to promote a better flow. Anywhere from 20 to 25 is good for every day driving and beating on it now and then.
  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,270


    I put this one in my go fast car a couple months ago. Seems to work, so far. The box says it is probably kind of old.


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  5. uncle buck
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,660

    uncle buck

    We do live in a sue happy society so I can't say I blame him. If you were trying to interchange a filter that was incorrect for the job it was installed and the engine broke, where's the finger pointing going to be. I see people all the time trying to visually find a larger filter by comparison without any regard to bypass pressure, drain back valves etc

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  7. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,708


    Machinist I use builds circle track and drag engines mostly. Every one goes on the dyno with a Wix filter. Testimonial enough for me.
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  8. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,232

    from Ioway

    NAPA gold is made by WIX (or was anyway) and they seem to be good stuff. Motorcraft are good too. I suspect just about any filter and oil is just fine, so long as they get changed out at least semi-regularly. Short trips over and over, where the engine never really warms up, causes sludge. Detergent oils work, but will get loaded up eventually and the dirt and soot falls out of suspension etc.
  9. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,398

    1. 1940 Ford

    I go with wix also.
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  10. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 807


    I've always used Purolator in my cars, except on my VW...been using an Oberg filter on it for over 20 years.
  11. IndigoInkTaco
    Joined: Sep 24, 2016
    Posts: 55

    from Jersey

    I know, but don't you think that's sad?! First and foremost, it's an oil filter company for motors. Don't you think they should be pretty well versed on what works well on what motors by now? Maybe that's just me. I dunno lol.
    Now, I'll save the web space because I feel pretty passionate about the downward spiral of society and how everyone is caving in and doing stuff like this as opposed to just talking it out and helping and I could type pages upon pages on my opinion.
    But to clarify, the only information wix wanted from me was the filter that was currently on the motor. He would not even give me an option between a few filters without knowing what was currently on there as to recommend it's equivalent, despite agreeing with me that the previous owner may have been using an incorrect filter for the motor.

    (fwiw, the guy at NAPA was also really cool and informative. A gentleman with a real passion and interest for cars/motors, and even he gave me better information to make a clear choice compared to wix. Albeit, I already walked in there knowing what I wanted, but he helped confirm my selection)

    Now, by comparison, I had a 15 minute convo about oil selection, (nothing to do with this topic of filter choice) with the rep for Penn oil and he was awesome. His willingness to talk to me about my particular application, regardless of not knowing the motor's internal clearances, etc, sold me on their product. He didn't tell me their product was superior to anyone else's. He simply gave me his personal opinions along with mfg recommendations, what he thought was best and left me with a choice between two.
    Because of customer service like that, I'm buying their product.
    If I find another company with equal quality filtration wix, ill use the competitors because of the lack of help from wix. That's all I'm saying. I don't mean to ramble. I just like good customer service :)

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  12. uncle buck
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,660

    uncle buck

    I know what you mean, being a tech support person requires no personality and its always a crapshoot. At least they weren't in India

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  13. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,653


    Hey....wait a minute....MaMopar put orange on some of her finest, like the 426 Hemi.....

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  14. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,367

    jim snow

    Years in fleet maintance.Wix. Snowman
  15. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,213

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Wix, Napa Gold, Oberg.
  16. Donald A. Smith
    Joined: Feb 19, 2011
    Posts: 273

    Donald A. Smith
    from Brook In.

    This Dirt Farmer uses WIX filters and They work Good
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  17. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,092

    from So Cal

    I started compiling a spread sheet a couple of months ago of different filters available for the SBC, listing them by Brand and Part # with available specifications, such as the physical dimensions, Beta Ratios, Nominal Micron Rating, Flow Rate, Burst Pressure, Media Type, etc. There are a lot of choices out there, and the differences in specs are pretty stark. So far I've got Wix, Napa, K&N, Fram, & AC Delco; I have a lot more to go. I would note that most brands carry multiple levels of filters, some low priced and some much higher priced, with differing qualities. Some are designed for high flow capacity, some are designed for high dirt holding for extended drains, some are designed to filter smaller particles, some are just designed to provide cheep filtering; you pays your money and you makes your choices. When I get done with the list I'll post it where anyone can download it, there's some good info there, it's just too bad that not everyone provides performance specs. It would be nice if everyone provided nominal micron ratings, even better if they would provide beta ratios.
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  18. rustyironman
    Joined: Mar 26, 2011
    Posts: 480


    Like everybody said: Wix or NAPA Gold (same).
    Fram just plain sucks - cut one open. its scary. I did once and one could tell it was made to a price...not to a quality.
    Purolator filters never really have been available easily around here so I can't comment.
  19. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,232

    from Ioway

    Bound to be clogged by now! :)
  20. 41woodie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 1,098


    Napa Gold for conventional oil, Napa Platinum for synthetic oil
  21. Nothing but K&N for me.
  22. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    At least the old AC PF 25 was made in the USA. AC oil filters are now made in China by small children.

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  23. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,413

    from jackson nj

    Wix or Hastings!
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  24. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 19,160


    Okay, that, too.
  25. k9racer
    Joined: Jan 20, 2003
    Posts: 3,091


    I have had very good luck with Baldwin oil filters. One of the machine shops I use said to only use them. Another shop said only use Wix. Both places build dependable horse power. So some one tell me who mfgs MOPAR filters?? Thank You... Bobby..
  26. 19Eddy30
    Joined: Mar 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,356

    from VA

    One important thing not mention yet microns are also based on what weight oil ,35 to 45 for split weights up
    to 20/50. 70 microns 60 wt & up
    Summertime I use race 60 wt on the street wintertime 20/50 wt race
    I have two system one filter , earlier I said they were $100 well there about $160 -$200 now each
  27. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,480

    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

    Everything these days is a crap shoot. Companies are bought and sold all the time. Baldwin made good filters and I think they are still making filters in the US but they are no longer owned by the Baldwin family and they do have factories worldwide. Baldwin bought Hastings in 1995.

    All of these companies get bought and sold and who knows what happens to production. Sometimes companies are bought solely for the product name and reputation. Factories are closed and production is farmed out to the lowest bidder.
  28. philly the greek
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,865

    philly the greek
    from so . cal.

    I too have been using Baldwin filters for several years . They have performed just as they should , without any problems ,
  29. k9racer
    Joined: Jan 20, 2003
    Posts: 3,091


    I know its a no no but. On a television show the actor/driver/ wrench. ?? said he had a see thru oil filter. He watched the oil flow. So what is it???? Will some one be so kind to tell me about this product. Thank You...
  30. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

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