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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-21-2016, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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My new bike came with a fresh oil change and brand new kawasaki oil filter installed. I removed it to inspect it and it looks as you'd expect, new. Since it has never been used, I was hoping being a nice OEM filter I could use it. The problem being.... he did the fresh oil and filter 10 years ago before he stored it. I went to wally world and got a cheapie wally brand supertech filter to use until I determined if this one was safe for use or not. I know the cheaper filters use a paper insert, this one is white and looks plastic like moreso. Do you think it has weakened and broken down over 10 years sitting in fresh oil or is it ok to use? Being OEM I'd like to use it. It's the longer filter in the early bikes, not the short one.

I assumed the dino oil didn't break down and is still ok. I didn't change it. It was a pricey oil change with all oem oil and filter so I hate to toss it all, being brand new. Just worried about any time issues on it.


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-21-2016, 10:26 PM
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Interesting as I thought the Wally World Supertech filters were a thing of the past and ended a few years ago. There was a time when I believe a large portion of the membership used those filters but when the line was dropped everyone switched to all different brands but avoided Fram due to quality (break down of filter element) issues. What filter number are you using with the Supertech?

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I use the bosch filter on mine, happens to be the same one as the wifes car, so I go get oil and filter for both vehicles at the same time, usually get 1 filter on a combo deal (for wifes car, you can find oil specials all the time on auto oil). saves a couple bucks

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