The way I look at it is, a reliable company like WIX can replicate any OEM filter made. The problem with hydraulic filters is, will they be able to sell enough of the filters to make it worth the time and money spent tooling for these filters. I sure hope they do. Those OEM transmission filters aren't cheap.
I too don't want to pay the high price of OEM filters. My local auto parts store are having a hard time cross referencing the filters. Can anyone give me some numbers for the OIl, fuel, Hydrostatic,and Hydraulic filters for a TC33D. Any info appreciated.
SBA340500720 hydraulic filter $27.41
SBA340500890 HST filter $19.37
86546618 engine filter $6.36
SBA360720020 fuel filter $2.67
These are OEM filter numbers and prices as of 3 weeks ago.
When I worked at a Suzuki/Yamaha dealer years ago, I cut apart OEM filters and aftermarket filters. All but one aftermarket even came close to OEM quality. That's why I spend a little more for OEM.
I knew someone would ask that. It's been 13 years since I worked at the bike shop. I can't remember the name of it because it was a uncommon name. The filter eliments were for the Suzuki GS line of cycles. It was not constructed with a metal can around it. You removed a cover, removed the old one from a cavity, and installed the new one. There was spring pressure from one side. The Suzuki filters had a metal support tube running the length of the filter that was welded to the end plates. The Frams and other cheap filters did not have the tube. So with time the filter media would crush down upon itself and would let dirty oil by. If a person would change oil often, they wouldn,t have a problem. If the didn't, they would risk damaging the cyl. head where the cams road directly in the aluminum head.
I saw a Dodge Tech service bulletin that said some engine failures(5.9l Cummins diesel) had been traced to faulty Wix oil filters. Use of a Wix oil filter on the engine would not be recommended. Considering the legal fallout doubt that Dodge would have said that unless they had concrete proof.
Treeman: My bike wrenching days were much longer ago than that. The comment does remind me of the early days of the Honda 750. I believe service requirements were to change oil filters every 1,000 miles after the initial break in period but maybe even more frequently The spec created a demand for filters that ran the world out of supply. Technically many owners had to stop riding or void their warranties. I was one of those owners even if I was more of a Brit Bike mechanic--which certainly had it's own parts supply nightmares at the time.
I sometimes thought that replacement spec had nothing what so ever to do with the filter performance or life. Your comment about filter elements that compress makes me think that perhaps the replacement spec was right but the filter was just a poor design. Well, in that case it wouldn't have been the only poorly designed part.