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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Harley oil filter swap

Are there any recommended swaps for harley oil filters for 80ci and 96ci twin cam engines? Are WIX filters a good filter for Harley applications? I would appreciate any info, thanks.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 11:56 PM
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Stock filters are good, why are you looking for something different? Btw there is no 80ci twin cam, there is an 88 which runs a different filter than the 96 (10 micron vs 5 micron) then there is also another filter for evos and sportys as well
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88 and 96 filter is the same now the phased out the 10 micron awhile ago
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I have been using Amsoil filters, they use microfiber element, Wix uses paper and I would not use them. I have changed to Walmart Supertech by Champion labs, same filter material but much more of it.

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The (Walmart SuperTech) ST3614 is the direct application for the HD TC motor.

Despite the listings, these also fit other cars, Like Mazda, however, their Tech guy told me they meet the OEM specs for HD, as well, as they make the same filters.

If you don't mind it not being chrome, and saving about $8.00 a filter VS the dealer.........

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Yes we do manufacture some of the Harley Davidson filters, as well as the Super-Tech line. I have no access to spec sheets for their brand of filters.That would fall into the category of proprietary information. I can tell you that all of the filters we manufacture have to meet all of the specifications for fit and function of the OE filter that it is designed to replace. The one issue about the micron rating of the filters is 5 micron and 10 micron do not mean anything without a efficiency rating for that micron. Our filters will filter down to a 1 micron in most cases, but just not at a very high efficiency. The higher the micron rating of course the higher the efficiency will be. But the Super-Tech filter, if we show for that specific application, will meet all of the specs of the OE filter.

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88 and 96 filter is the same now the phased out the 10 micron awhile ago
They did !? Huh I did not know that
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Yep, I bought a filter from the dealer 2 weeks ago for my 88 TC and it's a 5 micron.
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They did !? Huh I did not know that
Yep.....Did a thread awhile back on that. HD now says it's OK to run the 5 micron filter on the Evo engine. Engine MFGers say different, and S&S has had failure due to it, including some Evo guys.

Watch what you buy. Evo engine's do NOT take the same filter as TC engines. The letter Nathan posted is the letter Champion Labs sent me back (Who makes HD filters) in regards to a question I had.

Totally different oiling system path and pressures.

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I always use OEM H-D or K&N oil filters....

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In my post I assumed (I know) people would know there is no 80ci twin cam engine. I was asking because My 95 classic is a 80 ci engine and I wish to change my oil more frequently than 2500 to 3000 miles and use cheaper Castrol oil to do that. My wife's 07 softail has a 96ci engine and I wish to use a cheaper synthetic on it also. The Wix filters from a filter warehouse is very reasonable and would achieve my goals IF reliable, it has a 19 micron rateing. I thank the post for the info on the Super tec filters and may try it out next change. Harley oil is and has been my only oil for almost 20 years, but that did not save my 80ci from a Harley remand with only 77,000 on the odometer. She has 100,000 on her now and I am just waiting for another cam bearing or oil pump to go again. Thanks for the info. Daytona bound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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EVO's and Twin Cam's are different animals .. Why they have different Filters I own both engines as well, use different filters although the same oils ..

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