Opinion on oil filter

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Opinion on oil filter

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I found the following oil filter cross reference site http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/FilterXRef.html.  Footnote 7 at the bottom of the page suggests that I should use the longest filter of three lengths that will fit in the space provided.  To get a better understanding here is a cut and paste from the site.


[size=1.125em]These Oil Filters[size=4px] [/size][size=4px][size=4px]have 3/4"-16 threads, [/size][size=4px][size=4px]by-pass valve, [/size][size=4px][size=4px]no anti-drain back valve. [/size][size=4px][size=4px][size=4px]BMW motorcycles with spin on filters use three different filters. The only difference I can see is the height of the filter - it's either 65mm, 71mm or 90m. If you have room on your bike for the 90mm filters (listed below), use those. [/size][size=4px][size=4px][size=4px]The 65mm filters are made to a very old spec with inferior filtering and should be avoided. Use one of the 71mm or 90mm filters instead. [/size]
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[size=4px]What are the members of this forums opinions on this?  It sounds very reasonable to me.[/size]
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The Calsci site lists 3 sizes of oil filter for a 2012 RT, together with manufacturers e.g. Hiflo.

I use Hiflo oil filters, the correct one for my bike is a HF164.

Now for the comparison of Calsci listings v's Hiflo catalogue, http://www.hiflofiltro.com/catalogue

Calsci height 65mm = HF160 height 62mm
Calsci height 71mm = HF164 height 54mm
Calsci height 90mm = HF163 height 79mm

I wouldn't fit an oil filter to my bike which doesn't meet the BMW OEM spec., Hiflo filters do. Would I want to reduce the ground clearance of the sump/oil filter by 90 - 54 = 36mm, no.
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My bike is a 2018 R1200RT on which the filter is vertical to the left side.  So installing a longer filter would not decrease the ground clearance.  The author of the article sees no difference in the three filters except for the length.  They all have the same threads, a bypass valve, and no anti-drainback valve.  One thing that I am concerned with is the pressure at which the bypass valve would work.  I would want them to be the same.  If that is true it would seem to me that the longer filter would have more capacity.
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For a 2018 R1200 RT LC, Hiflo list two filters, HF160 & a Performance Oil Filter (Optional Upgrade) HF160RC, http://www.hiflofiltro.com/catalogue/model/3408

Surely BMW have done their R&D and selected an appropriate oil filter for each model of RT.

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BTW, does anyone know what company makes the oil filters for the current RT's?

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Bobf wrote:Does anyone know what company makes the oil filters for the current RT's?
This photo shows that the oil filters are made in Austria by Mahle.

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