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What oil filter do you use?

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Just wondered if there were any better choices for oil filters than OEM? What do you all use, and why'd you choose that one?



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In response to many of the questions regarding the Scott's

Performance stainless oil filters now offered for the various

models of road bikes: we have found that the 304 stainless

screen type filter does offer better overall filtration than paper type filters.

Paper filter manufacturers may claim that their filters

will catch particles of 10 microns. This is true, but what they

may not tell you is that the same filter may also pass a

particle of up to 300 microns. Of the filters tested, we found

the smallest particles passed ranged from 9 to 20 microns

and the largest were from 56-300. This making the average

size of particles filtered by paper filters much larger than

that of the stainless screen type at 35 microns absolute. Absolute means that all portions of the screen filter the same.

Our filters have a neodymium magnet in the top of the

filter to catch large particles before they reach the screens


With paper filters, you take them off the bike and throw

them in the trash. Our filter allows you to inspect for abnormal particles during cleaning. This may catch an engine problem before expensive damage does occur.

Due to the large volume of e-mails we receive we may not always be able to reply promptly. We are more than happy to answer your questions over the phone at any time.

Our phone number is 800-869-1160 or 818-248-6747. Daily business hours 10am to 7pm Pacific Time M-f and 10am to 4pm Saturdays.

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You just made a believer out of me. <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">

Reusable, inspectable, 35 micron screen...Increadible!

How about a zx-12r group discount? Maybe on an order of 10 filters for...say...$650~750?

"Be Humble, a lot was accomplished before you were ever born"</p>
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stock. nothing's better.

Thanks Steve. That is how you gain customers, by taking the time to communicate.... It's appreciated.

"You must be fast, 'cause I was haulin' ass when I passed you."</p>
Guess you'll be keeping the stock pipe too? <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/tongue.gif ALT=":p">

"Be Humble, a lot was accomplished before you were ever born"</p>
I don't know about Slo, but I definitely kept my stock pipe.

Its wrapped up in my crawl space, where it does more good than on my 12.

"You must be fast, 'cause I was haulin' ass when I passed you."</p>
ha, ha you guys are funny.<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol"> i still have everything stock for the bike, just in case. but when it comes to oil filters and such, i am not aware of anything after-market that provides the same level of protection. no amount of hp is worth messin' with that.

You actually are taking a bigger chance by installing a PC than aftermarket oil filter. You can tear an engine up a lot quicker by changing a/f mixture and playning with timing incorrectly.

Slopoke-we're just gonna have to call you "paper or plastic" because you are definitel a "stock boy!"

"I'm the guy your Suzuki dealer warned you about!"</p>
stock boy <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol"> i`m going to buy a scotts filter for sure now.

</p>Edited by: <A HREF=http://pub56.ezboard.com/u1joltman.showPublicProfile?language=EN> 1joltman</A> at: 2/8/02 9:37:57 am
Hi Everyone...

Scott’s Filters work great, At International Cyclesport we stock them, Call us today 714.596.6934 for best price quotes on any parts, accessory and/or service for your ZX 12 or any other make. We can supply all your performance needs, Carbon Fiber to Polishing services and anything in between...

References available upon request.


Contact us by phone: 714-596-6934 by E-mail [email protected] with your specific needs, requirements, or questions.

Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30am - 5:30pm.

We are closed Sunday - Monday.

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ASCARacing... Scotts filters work great!!! THATS IT???

No other comments??? Have you used them??? We would like to hear your in depth opinion on the Scotts Filters!!!


" I just live my life a 1/4 mile at a time "</p>
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Yes we install them all the time, We recommend Scotts filters over OEM, because the 304 stainless screen type filter offers better overall filtration than paper type filters. Scotts filters catch particles as small as 35 microns and have a neodymium magnet in the top of the filter to catch large particles before they reach the screens surface. Secondly and most importantly is with paper filters you take them off the bike and throw them in the trash. Scotts filters allows you to clean and reuse it again.

Contact us for more information.

ASCARacing, $$$ ?, post what it would cost me tomorrow. Thats how we do things here. Just ask Doug @ Spencer Cycle, we like cold, hard numbers.

Savings brings loyalty.

"You must be fast, 'cause I was haulin' ass when I passed you."</p>
I'm no lube expert like lubricity seems to be but i have had experience in oil quality management for multi-million dollar equipment. First off, why anyone has to blindly throw away a filter is beyond me. It's not hard to open them up and inspect them. Unravel the paper and check it out with at least a magnifying glass. If you have a microscope available, so much the better. I always do this because I just gotta know. As far as what size particles are getting through, if I was worried about it I think it would be wise to have one of those labs do an analysis on your oil. I'm not that paranoid about microscopic particles but if I was it's better to have it checked. I have gone so far as to take some hot oil from my crankcase, put it in a glass cigar tube and attach it to a vertical mill for a few hours to "centrifuge" the sample. You might be surprised at what you see!!!

I started listening to Speednuts comments on the Scotts filter, and I liked what I heard. I also did quite alot of digging on my own, and I am still liking what I hear. I like scientific proof and I've found it. I am buying a Scotts, for that reason.

As far as the oil goes, I've heard so many opinions by racers, oil experts, molecular engineers and guys that just have an opinion that my head was starting to spin.

The following article wrapped up what I had been feeling in my gut for a long time. Mobil 1 for me. As I said, scientific proof. (BTW - I was a Castrol GTX guy, up until last year).


"You must be fast, 'cause I was haulin' ass when I passed you."</p>
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As we have said before call us for prices, as we have agreed with Eric at Scotts Performance, we would not post any discount pricing on the Internet, As we value our relationship with all of our suppliers, it got to be that way...

We could not see where Spencer Cycles posted his prices for Scotts filters...

ASCARacing, I didn't say that Doug posted a price for the Scotts filter. I was talking about the price Doug posted on his website (and directed us to - by link) on the Akro/PC3R/K&N Filter (which, by the way I bought).

Here is the scoop. Within the next week or so, myself and probably more than one other person from this site are going to buy a Scotts filter.

What I am looking for is why should I buy that product from you? Better price, better service, etc...

I have dealt with Doug personally, and I can tell you that so far even if Doug is beyond your price I'll still order it from him. Why? Customer service.

I have his email address and know his name, all I know you by is ASCARacing. Get my drift?

"You must be fast, 'cause I was haulin' ass when I passed you."</p>
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International Cyclesport is a family-owned and operated business that is the result of the passion, ICS owners Darren & Malcolm Upfield have for motorcycles.

International Cyclesport is a modern, independent service facility, Our professional team has over 50 years of combined experience offering parts and service for all modern and vintage British, European & Japanese motorcycles, as well as a multitude of special competition motorcycles.

We are located at:

International Cyclesport.

7602 Talbert Ave, Unit #13.

Huntington Beach,

California. 92648. USA.

Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30am - 5:30pm : Sorry we are away racing Sunday & Monday.

Contact us by phone: 714-596-6934 or by e-mail at: [email protected] with your specific needs, requirements, and/or questions.

International Cyclesport offers the convenience of a free, shuttle service to all of our southern California customers.

All major repairs automatically get our 6 months 6,000 mile warranties. 


"Their are no expressed or implied warranties on dirt bike repairs and/or racing engines or components, We do not warranty brakes, clutches and/or any other wear-out items".

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"Never play leapfrog with a unicorn."</p>
I use the Fram motorcycle PH6017A & HighFlow. I buy the Frams at WalMart for less then 5$ apiece and replace oil & filter every thousand miles.

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