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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 01:30 AM
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Amazon also sells Purolator filters and free shipping with prime membership. Was running a bigger filter but have gone back to a regular size. From what I've read Fram would be the very last choice for a filter. Purolator or Wix would be worth looking for. Most auto part stores have em.

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Purolator filters are sold at Advance Auto Parts stores. Pure One, PL14612 & PL14610, ones a long one, can't remember which is which. They are rated far superior to a lot of others. Here's some good reading for on a Tablet or Pc .... https://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Filters.html ......
https://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Oils1.html /////// Personally I use T6 & a Purolator,,, the Wing shifts like a jap bike should with this oil.
Thanks Jim for posting these links. Everything "oil" is explained in full detail. Book marked it on my iPad so I can refer back to it as needed.

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I use the WIX product on my equipment. They have recently been coming in two versions, one touted for synthetic motor oil and the original for non-synthetic. The media is supposedly a bit more efficient on the XP versions IIRC. There is also a motorcycle specific version which is apparently the non-synthetic version painted white instead of black and with the model number of 1000 or such. There was previously a member here that was adamant that car filters were BAD - BAD - BAD for our cycles. There is often a grain of truth in such rumors. The Honda filter for our bike is used on a great many other applications, many of which have very puny oil pumps as are common on small engines, thus the filter may have fairly loose efficiency. Our GL1800 pumps are quite robust and such gives us one less thing to worry about.


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I have used Fram filters on various vehicles years ago, but once I learned how cheaply they are made, I no longer consider them. They may "work," but with so many better choices out there, why use them? Fram filters use cardboard end caps for their filters rather than metal that most others use. They may work, but I am just not comfortable with them. To reiterate what I have said in past oil filter threads, The cost, or cost difference, between an OEM Honda filter and a cheaper auto filter that meets specs is more or less the cost of one tank of Goldwing gas. Look how many tanks of gas you will buy during the life of an oil filter. Is one more going to make riding a Goldwing out of reach?

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What speedbump said.

Also be careful on the SuperTech filters. They used to be thoroughly adequate and inexpensive, so a great value. They went off the shelves for a while, came back with a new supplier, and now are just cheap.

Even with a lousy filter, your Goldwing probably won't die from oil issues so I don't think it's valid to freak out about Fram and others. However, with the big differences (quality of seals, anti-drainback valve, etc.) and other very economical options readily available, there's just no way to legitimately endorse them. For me, I won't use them, unless in a ridiculously obtuse hypothetical and unlikely pinch.

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