I just got back from the dealer. Got the stuff for my winterization oil change. Is the OEM filter a "HIFLOFILTRO" model HF303 this thing is made in England. They charged me $8.50 for the filter and 13.99 for a gallon container of "MAXIMA" 10w-40 motorcycle oil.
total bend me over price of $24.12 from now on i will be shopping ronayres.com, unless anyone knows of a different or better way.
ps i called the local autoparts store...they did stock the same size oil filter for 9 bucks, so its not like i would be saving any if i got it from there.
The original equipment filter is made by Toyo Roki in Japan. You can get a filter from Auto Zone made by STP for about $5. Any good automotive oil will work fine that meets the viscosity requirements and will cost 1/2 to 1/4 as much.
I don't think the oem filter varies. It will come in a Kawasaki box with a Kawasaki part number. I know a number of shops that do not use oem filters because aftermarket filters are cheaper. I can't remember what the STP number is offhand. I never used one. I have, however, used the Fram with no obvious problems. That number is 6017 I think and it is available at Walmart. I am now using the oem filters that I get from ronayers.com for about the same price as an aftermarket filter. I buy several at a time, usually with an order for other parts so the shipping doesn't eat me up.
I haven't needed to change the oil on my bike seeing it only has 330 miles, but when I do, it will be OEM. For the money, stick w/ OEM filters, they are made w/ metals and not cardboards, thats probably the biggest difference. That and the possibility of it having an anti drain back valve. Very important at start up for building quick oil pressure. I see no reason to use Fram's if you have access to a local dealer. Just my $.02.
Just bought the filter for the winterization oil change from the dealer. It's only $12 (CDN.. bout 7 US). It is made by Toyo Roki, and the box says Kawasaki , part No. 16097-1072 . IMHO, if a Kawi dealer tells you that FRAM is the OEM filter, I'd walk away from them forever.. God knows what more serious bullshit they are trying to pull on more serious matters. Wouldn't trust them with my bike.
Say, what year do you have. I have a '95 and that is the filter that fits mine. The '98 and newer are supposed to take #16097-1070. They cost a little more but are supposed to have some sort of pressure relief valve.
I never knew there were so many different Kawasaki filters 'til I started poking around. The 16097-1063 that fits the '95-'97 ZX-6R and maybe others has recently been superceeded with 16097-1072. Maybe he is just trying to get rid of old stock. I know the 1072 and 1063 are slightly differenct in length and they look different inside. I'm not sure what the 1070 looks like.
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