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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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1980 Shovelhead Oil Filter suggestions and opinions?

I have a 1980 FLT Shovel and the OEM oil filter is HARLEY-DAVIDSON 63796-77. I run Straight 60W all the time.

Of course I want the best possible oil filter to protect and keep the engine lasting.
I'm considering the HARLEY-DAVIDSON 63731-99 because of the 5 micron filtration.

I'm also considering the magnetic type filter, K&N, Drag Specialties, etc...

Basically, I would like to hear opinions and realities of which oil filter will be best for the engine and making it last.

So here is a list of alternative oil filters for my 1980 Shovel:
HARLEY-DAVIDSO 63796-77 - Alternative oil filters

I appreciate any advice.

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the one that meets OEM specs and gets changed at regular service intervals.

Fits '17-later Milwaukee-Eight, '99-later Twin Cam and Evolution models (except '08-'13 XR) and can be used as an upgrade for any motorcycle that requires Oil Filter P/N 63796-77A, 63805-80A, 63812-90 or 63813-90.

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IMO the OEM Shovel spin on oil filters didn't even have a micron rating. Micron rating is new school introduced with the EFI engines beginning in the 1995 model year.
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1980 Shovelhead Oil Filter suggestions and opinions?

AMSOIL EaOM135 or EaOM135C (chrome) for the best filtration, synthetic nanofiber rated 20 microns absolute per ISO 4548-12:


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