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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I use Emgo filters, there are 2 different sizes that fit, and both work fine. One is bigger than the other. I don't know what Kawasaki's reason was for changing the recommended filter was, they did not make any changes to the engine. I can't even remember which came first, the small one or the big one. My recently sold EX500 Ninja used the same filters, and could use either one also. The 202 should be fine. Just make sure when you change the oil and start it up, get down and look at the sight glass. The oil level should completely drop out of sight within a couple of seconds. If it does, you are ok.
Can't let a post about oil filters go by without my requisite warning about Fram filters. Please do not use them. They are junk. Many engines have been destroyed by them, and I have first hand knowledge of a couple of Fram filters on cars/trucks. Even if they don't fail and fry your engine, they are a damn poor quality filter. Do some research on them.
Every single car, truck, and motorcycle forum I belong to (over 20 altogether) has warnings posted about Fram filters. Use at your own risk.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike