Originally Posted by crankshaft
So, why is the cage a hurdle for you? Soaking the filter in cleaner and then rinsing it out is impossible with a cage? I would rather deal with a cage than dirt in my engine.
Me too, but coming from the real dirt bike world where all filter elements are removable, it sure makes it easier to deal with both the cleaning and the re-oiling--especially the re-oiling, where the general practice is to squeeze the excess oil out of the foam element. Sort of hard when it is attached to a rigid cage.
Not going to be an easy process to service in the field.
Like I said before, benefits still out weigh the drawbacks.