Marvin wrote:I have done some research and the Wal Mart oil filters are made by Champion Labs, the same Co. that makes Mobil 1 oil filters and when you look at the Wal Mart and Mobil 1 filters they look exactly the same, even the same markings on the base plate and the same silkscreen numbers on the outside.
I would highly recommend Wal Mart Super Tech Oil Filters for your motorcycle!
Not that the OEM filters arent over-priced, and it's an large price difference, but good oil and oil filters are the #1 place to spend money on an engine. Yamaha and Suzuki have to warranty those engines, not Wal-Mart.
While you've put some effort into this, I would CAUTION AGAINST the "high" recommendation of Wal-Mart filters because it's what's INSIDE the filter housing that is the important part and until you have actually examined and understood the differences inside them having an identical # anywhere means little, because it may be only an model fitment spec (or sizing specification) (i.e. JUST THE # FOR THE BASE ITSELF). You cannot assume to know anything about the design and material qualities of the internals.
This "as good as" and "looks just like" tactic is used by TONS of retailers, and Canadian Tire is infamous for there cheap motorcycle batteries which are 1/2 the price and yet only about 1/4 the quality compared with solid OEMs like Yuasa and GS.
Wal-Mart is one of the BEST KNOWN COMPANIES FOR BEING THE MOST LIKELY COMPANY for doing this stuff. You may want to read about a certain lawn mower company and how Wal-Mart contracted them to build there lawn mowers for Wal-Mart -- it almost sunk the company and they pulled out of the Wal-Mart brigade because Wal-Mart was slowly forcing them to build cheaper and undercut quality which was ruining there reputation.
If the filter was REALLY a Mobil-1 branded product then I would be more inclined to trust the Mobil-1 brand, but Wal-Mart -- hee-hee -- the reputation speaks for itself.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU ARE COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES.
I would suggest a reputable company like Purolator or K&N as a worthwhile alternative oil filter brand before Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire or any other crap out there. These are companies that have built there reputations for quality over many more years, and I remember a situation when even Fram screwed up some motorcycle filters.
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