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TINY oil filter for WRX! #2983500 04/24/13 07:40 PM
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The oil filters for the WRX are by far, the smallest I have seen.

For a turbo 2.5L engine that has a sump of 4.4 qts and a OCI recommendation of 7500 miles, I would expect a larger filter. . . .


This just seals the deal for me in my desire to change the oil every 3000 miles.





My finger touching the base of the filter:



That's one and a half inches of filter length!!!!



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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: rg200amp] #2983515 04/24/13 07:52 PM
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Wow... that's smaller than the Wix 51358 for my bike, which I thought was pretty small to begin with.


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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: rg200amp] #2983526 04/24/13 07:59 PM
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Definitely one of the smallest I've seen, kinda looks like a OEM hyundai filter but smaller, also amazed the WRX only has a 4.4 qt oil capacity, by comparison the T5 in my volvo takes 6 qt and its a 2.5 turbo as well.Very interesting. I would say your plan to go 3k on an oil change is a wise one especially if you plan on running a tune.


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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: rg200amp] #2983532 04/24/13 08:03 PM
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Run synthetic for 5k but i'd at least change the filter at 2500-3k.

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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: rg200amp] #2983534 04/24/13 08:05 PM
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Lol don't under estimate that little filter. Been doing 7,500 miles on them and they are pretty good (backed by UOA). A healthy engine don't need much filtration as the oil remains pretty clean.

I've cut a few open and filtration media is pretty dense and well made.

You guys get so fired up about such things.

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2011 Impreza WRX Limited (46k Mi): OCI = 7.5K Mi - Pennzoil Ultra 5w/10w30 - OEM blue oil filter/P1 PL14612
Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: spasm3] #2983547 04/24/13 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
Run synthetic for 5k but i'd at least change the filter at 2500-3k.


No. I's changing it at 3K.

I am tuning this car and have plans to push it to the limits often.


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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: KHP] #2983549 04/24/13 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted By: KHP
Lol don't under estimate that little filter. Been doing 7,500 miles on them and they are pretty good (backed by UOA). A healthy engine don't need much filtration as the oil remains pretty clean.

I've cut one open and filtration media is pretty dense and well made.

You guys get so fired up about such things.


Yep, same here.

And send out a sample to determine an appropriate OCI. With the oils you're planning to run, 3k would be a flipping waste...most likely - only a UOA will tell.

Anyway, disregard the "run it for Xk with dino and Yk with synthetic" guys. Blanket statements about OCI don't help. Your motor, running any of the synthetics I mentioned or those you mentioned in your other thread will LIKELY take you well beyond 5k, if this truly will be a second, non-DD vehicle.

Also, from personal experience, I can say the car will be taking you to your limits before you take it to its :P. Seriously, I thought I was driving like a mad man at my first (only, so far) rally cross, but the STI acted like I was taking a leisurely ride through the cones. Again, your tune and driving style may affect your OCI to a minor or major degree. The fact that you'll most likely be up at temp for most of your OCI's will help. The rich tune and possible high temps, not so much.

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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: gathermewool] #2983587 04/24/13 08:47 PM
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I wouldn't worry about the size of the filter, there is no problem using that filter for at least 5k.

Here's a uoa using that filter for 7,480. Insolubles at .3
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2728443

Another report from the same user who ran that filter for 7,538 miles, insolubles at .3 again.
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubb...rue#Post2558815

I don't recall ever seeing a uoa with an oem subaru filter where I saw elevated insolubles. I would have absolutely no problems running that filter up to 10k, but just my .02.

*Edit- I just realized KHP posted in this thread, and the links above are to his uoa's.

Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: sxg6] #2983601 04/24/13 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted By: sxg6
I*Edit- I just realized KHP posted in this thread, and the links above are to his uoa's.


Thanks for digging those up. It's been a while since I've seen those.


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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: rg200amp] #2983629 04/24/13 09:33 PM
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How much filterable 'dirt' do you all actually think is in your oil anyhow? Uts a perfectly adequate filter. Subaru engineers know so much more than we do.

Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: rg200amp] #2983643 04/24/13 09:50 PM
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Remember it's not the size of the filter but how you use it...


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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: zloveraz] #2983713 04/25/13 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted By: zloveraz
Remember it's not the size of the filter but how you use it...

Motion in the ocean.....how you wiggle the worm........ LOL
Your signature for the WRX should read, "2 Filters, One OCI!" crackmeup


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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: rg200amp] #2983735 04/25/13 03:29 AM
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The turbos require 3750 mile oil changes by the way. No matter how you drive it.


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Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: rg200amp] #2983741 04/25/13 03:59 AM
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Check the size of a Justy filter sometime.

Re: TINY oil filter for WRX! [Re: rg200amp] #2983780 04/25/13 05:58 AM
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Once upon a time our 2005 Legacy GT 5mt wagon(similar 2.5L turbo motor) recommended 7500 miles OCI with dino. I did not believe it so stuck to 4000oci. We likely have same oil filter.

1.5 years latter they reverted recommendation(strong) to 4mo/3750 miles. We now are at 150,000 miles with a a trouble free motor (albeit stock never did Stage 1).

We use whatever dino initially dealer and then a mechanic throws in. Let you know when the turbo blows up smile My current Subie expert is partial to Amalie Wolf's Head. No idea what it is but it still pretty clear after 3500 miles and does not burn a drop. My wife does 1500 miles/month majority of it her 35 mile highway commute each way.


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