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post #21 of 76 (permalink) Old 12-09-2016, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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The websites claim they won't, they are aftermarket car filters. Best way to approach this is with those that use car tires on their bikes, (Dark Side)

I bolted on the PL14459 filter on a couple nights back. Snug fit but works. Very close to the regulator/rectifier mount on the frame, but it threaded right on without issue. I plan on adding a couple ounces more oil due to the slightly larger size overall than stock due to it's larger size.
Yup, you are right about the "Darkside" way of thinking about it.

Here is how much clearance I have on my VN900 with a 14459 filter on it. A millimeter is the same thing as a mile.
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I'll stick with the Supertech 6607 since Walmart carries them again.Have one on the bike and six on the shelf ready to go.
I'll have to go to Wally World and check these out as I have heard a lot about them over the years. They haven't had any at mine for a long while now, and I gave up on checking for them about 2 years ago. I'll look again next time I'm there.
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I'll have to go to Wally World and check these out as I have heard a lot about them over the years. They haven't had any at mine for a long while now, and I gave up on checking for them about 2 years ago. I'll look again next time I'm there.
Walmart has just recently started carrying them again.

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Yikes!!!! You went through and hacked up an OEM filter and examined it and then ended up using a Fram filter that many many many folks have hacked up and shown the results???? Wow.
I have never recommended using FRAM filters except for convenience. Although I don't think FRAM filters perform as poorly as internet experts claim.

Each end of the Kawasaki OEM filter is covered in clear epoxy or some clear plastic like material to hold the filter element together. The epoxy sits in between the bypass valve and paper filter element and allows light to pass through, but it is not an open space where oil can pass through like you claim in your original post. Your conclusions are wrong!
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I have never recommended using FRAM filters except for convenience. Although I don't think FRAM filters perform as poorly as internet experts claim.
I can no longer take you seriously since you made the above statement.

I'm not pinging on you, I just think that we are miles apart in our mutual motorcycle mechanical experiences, of which I do not intend to extoll my virtues in this arena, and we must just agree to disagree.

I'm not here to attempt to force you to think like me, based upon what I have learned and have chosen to share here.

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I wouldn't even bother commenting about another persons opinion or oil filter preference, accept for this thread being so misleading. Anyone who doubts what I said about epoxy sitting between the bypass valve and paper filter element and allowing light to shine through can cut open the Kawasaki OEM oil filter and look for themselves. There is no space between the bypass valve and paper filter element where oil can escape and avoid passing through the paper filter element.

As far as you wanting to change the topic and attack me for choosing to use a FRAM PH6017A oil filter, these filters have a 95% efficiency rating using ISO 4548-12 test method, so I have no problem using this filter for 2 or 3 thousand miles even if the PH6017A uses paper end caps. Is it my first filter choice? No! Am I recommending others to use FRAM? No! Use whatever filter you want.
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I have to ask, why the fuss about the cardboard endcaps when the filter medium is paper?!? I'd think if the paper filter medium can stand up to the pressure then the thicker cardboard should be able to as well. What am I missing?
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What is the best oil to use?
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What is the best oil to use?
I recently switched from that nasty motorcycle-specific synthetic stuff and am now using canola oil exclusively. So far, no ill effects and a side benefit of doing so is I can drop a few frozen french fries in the oil fill hole before going out for a ride and they're done to perfection upon my return!
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