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    SURVEY: Oil filter brand for all K bikes.

    Recently I ask about oil for my K75. I did not expect to get back that much detailed information. Boy, did I open a can of worms.

    Now I am asking about oil filters. K BIKES ONLY PLEASE.
    What brand do you use and why? Not trying to cause problems or piss anyone off.
    Just would like to know what brand and model number you use and why. Also, please let me know what K bike you ride, K75,100,1100, etc.

    I will post the stats at the end of the year.
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    BMW.
    Why?
    Well, a few things.
    1.) I like spending more
    2.) The BMW filters have the correct spring pressure for the valves in them
    3.) The BMW filters have a low pressure bypass inside, in case there is an engine problem.
    4.) The BMW filters have no sort of coating on them. Nothing to flake off inside the oil pan.

    Filters of similar size, are not the same on the inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARGENT BRICK View Post
    Recently I ask about oil for my K75. I did not expect to get back that much detailed information. Boy, did I open a can of worms.

    Now I am asking about oil filters. K BIKES ONLY PLEASE. What brand do you use and why? Not trying to cause problems or piss anyone off.
    Just would like to know what brand and model number you use and why. Also, please let me know what K bike you ride, K75,100,1100, etc.

    I will post the stats at the end of the year.
    you do realize that 10 years worth of Oilheads also use the exact same oil filter as ALL the Klassic (in-line front-to-rear) K bikes, don't you?

    so- I have used Bosch and K&N in my K11RS, and in my current R11S. Because "fits" and "works as spec'd by BMW" are not necessarily synonymous, and both of those filters have receicved excellent reviews on their construction form several independent testers, and the BMW labeled filters are no better, yet cost more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
    you do realize that 10 years worth of Oilheads also use the exact same oil filter as ALL the Klassic (in-line front-to-rear) K bikes, don't you?
    Yes, but that is not my goal here. Just doing a very informal study about what filter Brickheads are choosing and why?

    You have used both Bosch and K&N. Which one do you like the most and why?

    Thanks for your input, Bikerfish.

    -Argent Brick

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    whichever one is cheaper when i make my purchase. last time, it was Bosch from beemerboneyard.
    the one advantage to the K&N is that they have a metric nut (15mm or 17mm, can't recall which) welded onto the bottom, so there's no need for a special filter wrench. especially useful if needing to change it on the road.
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    Purolator filters in my K bikes. Reason for me is they have been on my cars for several years with aluminum engines and no problems.
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    Napa 1328 but...

    I've been using the Napa Gold 1328 filters that can be obtained cheaply almost anywhere. Part of the reason I have been using them was that the bike has been with me in rural Hawaii (until a few months ago) where obtaining OEM BMW anything is only via mail order/Internet.

    Now that I am only 7 miles from a BMW dealer I may go back to the OEM Mann filters as "quality only hurts once." Especially after reading that post above, too.

    However, so far so good with the Napa filters which I've always fastidiously removed the stick-on labels with Goo Gone before installing (and then cleaned off the Goo Gone as well). I found out about them through this or perhaps the IBMWR tech articles---they're a common substitution that cheap buggers such as myself often use.

    I'm curious to see how many others use the Napas but I do think it behooves me to switch back to BMW now that I have such easy access to parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roy View Post
    Purolator filters in my K bikes. Reason for me is they have been on my cars for several years with aluminum engines and no problems.
    Thanks Roy,

    I am assuming the 10241 filter?
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