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Old 25th March 2005, 01:41 PM
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FRAM OIL FILTER # PH6018

Has anybody used the this Frame filter number PH6018, just wondered if there are any issues with it. I know we can all buy the proper Suzuki filter, (my bikes an 03 SV1000S). But I saw this filter at Walmart, much cheaper and alot more accessible than runniing to bike shop. Being a shopper they also have alot of oils to choose from, had Castrol motorcycle oil in 20w-50 which I think 10w-40 is proper recommended weight for our bikes. One thread linked to a retired anylst in the petrolum field, he recommended any good oil that didn't say "Energy Conserving" in the circle on the back. Thus the 10w-40's apply to this. He especially liked the Heavy Duty oils like Shell Rotella 15w-40. ANY THOUGHTS ????? :supsmiley
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Old 25th March 2005, 03:04 PM
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I would never even think about putting a Fram filter on any of my vehicles. They are crap IMO....There are a ton of threads about oil and a few good websites about what makes a good oil filter and how they perform. Sorry I am at work and don't have the URL's handy.

I just stick with the Suzuki filters. I buy them in bulk from my dealer so i don't have to run down there all the time.
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Old 25th March 2005, 03:16 PM
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No matter what anybodys opinion is, here is one fact. I have used them (Fram) and am using them now, and never have had any problem. I'm not sure if that is the # I am using on my SV, but they have always worked fine for me. For those who say they are crap, I would like to see some actual fact to back it up, otherwise they are all only opinions.
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Old 25th March 2005, 03:57 PM
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Well my opinion was based on this guys research....well not really scientific but you get the idea.

http://www.twocreeks.net/toby/oil_filters/index.shtml

just click on the brand on the left side....
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Old 25th March 2005, 04:03 PM
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I personally don't use Fram filters. I stick with OEM filters and they can be purchased online for cheaper then local dealers stock them at. However filters are like the great oil debate. It probably does not matter what you use as long as you change it on a regular schedule. Many of us probably change as often as 1,000 to 1,500 miles simply because we can't rack up the miles that fast.
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Old 25th March 2005, 04:29 PM
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Here's another one for ya to look at!
http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/FilterStudy.html

I use the Suzuki filter.

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However filters are like the great oil debate. It probably does not matter what you use as long as you change it on a regular schedule.

Just like my stand on oil. Nobody has produced any engine failures or pre-mature engine wear due to buying the wrong oil.

Although the "hacksaw the sucker apart, and look at the guts" study someone did in his garage is compelling to the belief that Fram uses cheaper components and a cheaper manufacturing process, I again ask the question:

Has anyone here had an engine failure due to purchasing the wrong oil filter?
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Old 25th March 2005, 05:21 PM
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I use a permanent filter and just clean it out.

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Wouldn't personaly use them

Fram has had recalls on their motorcycle filters in the past due to them blowing off the bike. http://www.motorcycle.com/mo/mcdaily/day0003.html These were not the same filter you are asking about but that is more than enough for me to stay away. Will the fram work? Sure. Will it blow off your bike? Odds are that you will never have that problem. Would I take that risk? Hell no. For just about the same price you can use stp. No paper end caps and no recalls. $6 at Autozone.
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I have used Frams for years on my cars, no problems but for my bike .......the cutaways on the above links have made me a believer. Oils open up a whole nother issue, again various links have stated guys running Hondas 200,000+ on Castrol dino oils. I guess as long as we keep changing regularly the oil and filters should protect our V-twins just fine..Thanks again guys!
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Fram has had recalls on their motorcycle filters in the past due to them blowing off the bike. [url="http://www.motorcycle.com/mo/mcdaily/day0003.html"]
Excellent CopperTop!
It is good to see some hard evidence like that, instead of conjecture, hemming and hawing and theorizing about non-occuring events.

Fram having a history of a recall is a genuine reason for not using their product.

...so then, how is their record since 1995?
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Old 26th March 2005, 03:22 AM
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I saw that Fram filter too, and was tempted. My local stealer, I mean dealer charged me 18 freaking dollars for a Zuki filter! How about somebody posting a link to online cheaper factory filters. thanks
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I have used Fram in the past and haven't had any evidence of problems with it but the local moto shop has some other bran recommended for zuk's and that is what I buy for about 6 bucks....I can't remember the name. I do use the Amsoil motorcycle synthetic and I can tell that my Motorcycle runs better with it.I have used the rotella with no ill effects. I have 8000 and some change on the odometer and I have changed the oil about 8 times at different intervals.Not sure about exact mileages but when it startes looking too dirty in the window,I change it! I keep all the reciepts and date and put the Mileage on them.
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I saw that Fram filter too, and was tempted. My local stealer, I mean dealer charged me 18 freaking dollars for a Zuki filter! How about somebody posting a link to online cheaper factory filters. thanks
I pay 10.75 for an OEM Suzuki filter! I would complain! I just tell them I'm NOT going to pay a lot for this muffler!!! LOL It might help that I'm a bigger guy and maybe a little intimidating!

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