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post #31 of 73 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 10:41 AM
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Your evidence is far better than mine, I concede that because I have none.
But a marketing release? Marketing goes to 4 years of collage to learn how to be better lairs. There are reams and reams of marketing releases trying to cover for real deadly manufacturing defects. Anyone remember the "passel-back" ford van?
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Odd... my '03 (US) model has never had a leaky oil filter.

Maybe it's because I use factory filters.

Ditto on both counts.
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New here and haven't had to change oil yet, but what is the reason for not using an OEM filter? Are they inferior? More expensive? Just curious, sure don't want to start an oil / filter debate that goes on for eternity, lol
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Odd... my '03 (US) model has never had a leaky oil filter.

Maybe it's because I use factory filters.
That's a strategy that would certainly work.

But I've had the same luck on the FJR and other motorcycles over several decades of riding by simply using a filter recommended by the filter manufacturer. K&N, Wix, Amsoil, Fram, and probably other filter manufacturers have a filter that they specify for the FJR.

The filters listed here that leak -- Purolator and Bosch -- aren't even recommended by the filter manufacturer for the bike. The fact that a filter that was never recommended for the bike in the first place now leaks sure doesn't prove that the only conceivable "proper" filter for the bike must come from Yamaha.
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New here and haven't had to change oil yet, but what is the reason for not using an OEM filter? Are they inferior? More expensive? Just curious, sure don't want to start an oil / filter debate that goes on for eternity, lol
The OEM filter, when tested, is OK. It's not all that expensive. The major thing for me is I have one Yamaha dealer about 8 miles away and it doen't always have the Yamaha filter in stock. The next two dealers are over 30 miles away. I have boo koo Auto Zones, Napas, Advance, O'Reilly's and WalMarts within ten miles. They always have something that fit.

Just because a filter says Yamaha on doesn't make it best either.
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The OEM filter, when tested, is OK. It's not all that expensive. The major thing for me is I have one Yamaha dealer about 8 miles away and it doen't always have the Yamaha filter in stock. The next two dealers are over 30 miles away. I have boo koo Auto Zones, Napas, Advance, O'Reilly's and WalMarts within ten miles. They always have something that fit.

Just because a filter says Yamaha on doesn't make it best either.
Ditto.

For me personally, and for reasons that I won't go into, I would prefer not to do business with the Yamaha dealer closest to me. I bought two Yamaha filters from the dealer where I bought my bike when I bought it.

I've used Wix filters on everything I've owned for as long as I can remember. So, being a creature of habit, I've used Wix on the Yamaha except for those two.
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Dam*, when this thread started I had hopes the OEM - non-OEM oil filter debate would be solved.

Norm, best of luck with your modified union bolt. It will certainly fulfill a need for some riders.

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The fact that a filter that was never recommended for the bike in the first place now leaks sure doesn't prove that the only conceivable "proper" filter for the bike must come from Yamaha.
I'm sorry if I inferred that the OEM filter was the *only* "proper" filter. My intent was to express that, as a % of the total cost of the bike and ownership, the savings is statistically insignificant and the possibility of frustration (as described in at least this thread) is higher. Since the OEM filter is available on-line, dealing with a local dealer that is somehow distasteful is also not mandatory.
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Since the OEM filter is available on-line, dealing with a local dealer that is somehow distasteful is also not mandatory.
Buying online is also an excellent reason to get a better performing, lower priced filter that is recommended by the producer to fit an FJR.
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