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#330197 - 10/27/04 12:38 AM Wix or Baldwin
blsnelling Offline

Registered: 06/16/03
Posts: 211
Loc: Franklin, OH
Which filter would you choose for a GM 5.3L? I've been using the Wix 51522 but can get the Baldwin for a little less. Opinions and facts wanted.

[ October 27, 2004, 04:10 PM: Message edited by: sbc350gearhead ]

#330198 - 10/27/04 02:06 AM Re: Wix or Baldwin
oilpan49 Offline

Registered: 11/29/02
Posts: 926
Loc: Ohio
From my research on here and knowledge, Badwin seems to be more of a beefy filter than Wix is, I maybe wrong but this is what I have learned. I'm running a baldwin air filter in my Ranger right now, seems to be performing well. But just popping the air filter box and looking at the filter can be decieving. Only a UOA can tell the truth.

This maybe a wrong obversation but, Baldwin filters seem to weigh more than Wix, which concludes me that there better built. Like I said this is only an observation. This link might be of some help to you,,,,,,,AR

#330199 - 10/27/04 03:19 AM Re: Wix or Baldwin
ULVER Offline

Registered: 09/21/04
Posts: 502
Loc: Atlanta, Ga.
The Baldwin is a very nice filter. Some complain about the ADBV not being silicone. However, more praise the filter, for above average flow and filtering, AND...the fact it's built like an Abrams battle tank [Cheers!] !!! The price is moderate ($6), making it a "sleeper." K&N and Mobil 1 filters are hitting $12 [Eek!] in some markets. The Baldwin is a fine choice.

#330200 - 10/27/04 07:28 AM Re: Wix or Baldwin
Virtuoso Offline

Registered: 02/25/03
Posts: 2677
Loc: Cow town, NE
I use Wix. But either is a great choice.

#330201 - 10/27/04 09:32 AM Re: Wix or Baldwin
ZiTS Offline

Registered: 11/06/03
Posts: 268
Loc: Ohio
Baldwin and Wix are definately two of the best filter brands out there. Either would be a good choice. You may want to look up the spec's for your specific application on their websites, as well as hold the two side-by-side. This 'may' be an indicator of greater filtering area. Otherwise, if you can get one a bit cheaper than the other, but it and rest easy.


#330202 - 10/28/04 09:57 AM Re: Wix or Baldwin
Ken2 Offline

Registered: 12/02/02
Posts: 6358
Loc: Washington St.
WIX/NAPA-Gold/Carquest and Baldwin/Hastings filters are excellent construction and average filtration. Either is recommended.


#330203 - 10/27/04 10:25 PM Re: Wix or Baldwin
T-Keith Offline

Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 4865
Loc: MN
I'd go withever one is easier to get, they seem to match up prety evenly, but the Wix is cheaper and has a silicone ADBV.

I prefer a cheaper better flowing filter, are you looking for extended drains?


#330204 - 10/28/04 01:22 AM Re: Wix or Baldwin
dickwells Offline

Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 901
Loc: Northern Illinois
Anyone in the North Central Illinois area can stop by Walker-Shork in Rochelle and pick up Baldwin at a very good price. They buy direct from the factory and I picked up 4 different filters to try out. None of them reached $4, I think they were about $3.50 average.

#330205 - 10/28/04 07:40 AM Re: Wix or Baldwin
GreenElixer Offline

Registered: 08/14/04
Posts: 78
Loc: Indiana
A satisfied Baldwin user jumpin' in here on this one... Really a solid performer as oil filters go. ditto built real solid. Flow and filtration pretty darn good...slightly above average on both as filter study showed. If you look around on a couple of websites, along with the baldwin website and search for local distributors'll end up finding your filter for somewhere between $3 to under $5 per filter. I purchased my B-2's on internet for just over $4 and my Dad purchased his B-2 filter at local hometown farm implement store that was Baldwin distributor to local farmers for approx $3.60. Plus you get something real special when you buy a Baldwin... a really bright red cool looking filter [Happy] that's what I call a sharp looking filter .. of course if that's something you consider when purchasing your oil filter [Cool] Seriously, either will do just fine... but I'd personally vouch for the Baldwin!

#330206 - 10/28/04 08:37 AM Re: Wix or Baldwin
jthorner Offline

Registered: 07/11/03
Posts: 1130
Loc: California
Wix and Baldwin are my two favorite brands. I would give Baldwin the edge as the built like a tank choice.

Argh, I like 'em built tough, argh ....


#330207 - 10/29/04 05:51 AM Re: Wix or Baldwin
Chimay Offline

Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 468
Loc: Maryland
Wix filters have a very good reputation as being a good filter for flow and filtration [Cheers!]

#330208 - 10/31/04 09:12 PM Re: Wix or Baldwin
blsnelling Offline

Registered: 06/16/03
Posts: 211
Loc: Franklin, OH
According to the filter study, the Baldwin flowed better than the Wix and had better filtration. That's not to say that the Wix is not a good filter. The only thing the Wix has over the Baldwin is a silicone ADBV. I just last week spoke to a Wix engineer. According to him, Wix has never had a problem with nitrile ADBVs and went to the silcone ADBVs in demand of the market. It a false perception. I choose a filter that flows better, filters better, and is constructer stronger. According to Wix, who has the silicone ADBV, the silicone ADBV is not necessary. BTW, I can buy the Baldwins cheaper than the Wix as well.

#330209 - 10/31/04 09:14 PM Re: Wix or Baldwin
blsnelling Offline

Registered: 06/16/03
Posts: 211
Loc: Franklin, OH
See this thread here.