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Old 03-29-2010, 06:28 AM   #1
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Oil Filter other the BMW R1100GS 95

Looking for your thoughts on using other than Mother BMW oil filters. Is there a list here ( I searched ) of cross over part numbers and brands, Good or bad thing to do...R1100GS 95
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:03 AM   #2
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There are varying opinions on using alternative oil filters. I don't personally have an issue with it. Here is a list of alternatives: http://www.jimvonbaden.com/BMW_Alter...arts_List.html

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Old 03-29-2010, 07:23 AM   #3
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Being a tightwad, unwilling to spend three times the money on a filter just because it's got "BMW" printed on it, I have always used aftermarket filters. In the quest for the best filter at the lowest cost, I did quite a bit of research (the effort probably negating any monetary benefits from just buying the BMW filter.)

Anyhow, I settled on the Purolator PL10241 as the alternative I use most of the time. It is the high efficiency version of the L10241, widely available and usually only $3 or $4 IIRC. This is not on Jim's list, which is strange because I'm pretty sure the L10241 was on the original version of that list which has circulated around the BMW community for years.

I have also tried the STP S3614 and the WIX 51348, both of which are supposed to be pretty good brands of filter.

As the oilhead engine is pretty sturdy and failures or excessive wear due to oil starvation caused by filter problems are all but unheard of, I imagine it would be impossible to prove or disprove that using one of these filters could lead to any problems. I have a noisy center camchain on my 1100 but I don't see any connection and will continue to use the Purolator filters.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:30 AM   #4
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Damn, I keep meaning to update that list!

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Old 03-29-2010, 07:59 AM   #5
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i made a search over google but i did not find a thing... sorry mate ... but there would be -as some said- a list for that parts...
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:01 AM   #6
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Beemer Boneyard, great prices and service for maintenance parts.
http://www.beemerboneyard.com/oilfilters.html
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:15 AM   #7
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Beemer Boneyard, great prices and service for maintenance parts.
http://www.beemerboneyard.com/oilfilters.html
Kinda tough looking on their site for parts when the majority of items are marked "SOLD"...

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Old 03-29-2010, 09:53 AM   #8
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Kinda tough looking on their site for parts when the majority of items are marked "SOLD"...

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They also sell new maintenance parts.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:39 AM   #9
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i made a search over google but i did not find a thing... sorry mate ... but there would be -as some said- a list for that parts...
Two posts above yours - there's the link to the list

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Kinda tough looking on their site for parts when the majority of items are marked "SOLD"...
Ummm - the link you replied to goes straight to filters for sale

Still more expensive than many of the alternatives of course - and requiring a unique wrench if I'm not mistaken.

What the heck's going on today?
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Ummm - the link you replied to goes straight to filters for sale

Still more expensive than many of the alternatives of course - and requiring a unique wrench if I'm not mistaken.
Actually, the filters BB sells use the same filter wrench as the R1100/1150, the same you can get for $5 at any auto parts store. The best thing about BB kits are that they come with all the O-rings, crush washers, etc. that you need for a service. More than many alternative filters alone, but nearly half what the dealer charges.

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Old 03-29-2010, 11:47 AM   #11
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Buy a bulk pack of filters, like the Bosch 12 pack listed and bring your costs down.
You can also do this with the Wix parts, which are made in the US (NC) btw.
Bosch and Wix are where it's at for me. I've cut a few apart.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:09 PM   #12
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Actually, the filters BB sells use the same filter wrench as the R1100/1150, the same you can get for $5 at any auto parts store. The best thing about BB kits are that they come with all the O-rings, crush washers, etc. that you need for a service. More than many alternative filters alone, but nearly half what the dealer charges.

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So they're not OEM either - just in a nice kit. Probably worth if for the lack of hassle alone -although I think I've only changed the 50c crush washer about every third or fourth oil change anyway.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:25 PM   #13
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Damn, I keep meaning to update that list!

Thanks,

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When you do, please ping me so I can update the GSpot FAQ version as well.

Thank you.

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Old 03-29-2010, 06:19 PM   #14
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been using purolator PL10241 and L10241 on BMW's for years. Wix 51348 is also a good filter.

Something to remember - if you're stuck out in the middle of nowhere and need a filter for some reason, go the local auto parts and cross to one of the above, or...........just have the guy look up the filter for a non turbo version of a 2.4L PT cruiser. If you can't remember PT...........how about garden variety 2.0L Neon. Really.


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Old 03-31-2010, 07:58 PM   #15
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another filter option

K & N makes a filter that simply uses a 17mm socket for removal & replacement

I have used K & N products for many years & never had any failures

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