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#4495581 - 08/22/17 08:35 PM Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters
cb_13 Offline


Registered: 07/24/11
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Both are available and similarly priced at WalMart. Which would you choose and why?

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#4495595 - 08/22/17 08:55 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
volk06 Offline


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Fram Ultra. It's cheaper, has a better media, solid efficiency ratings, has a nice grip and can go the distance. Cut n posts pics look much better with the Ultra than the M1, in my opinion.
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#4495600 - 08/22/17 09:00 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
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I just cut open a Fram Ultra that came off a 7500 mi. OC. Best quality filter out of any I've had apart, by a long shot. Media was immaculate, thick and wire backed, bypass had some extra parts I've never seen on other filters-- a plastic thing that appeared to make it open up more squarely. The Mobil1 is just a top-tier Champ Labs (at least they used to be) likely with a thicker can and synthetic media. I'll keep buying Fram Ultras as long as they stay around the $10 mark or below.
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#4495602 - 08/22/17 09:02 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: 92saturnsl2]
volk06 Offline


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Originally Posted By: 92saturnsl2
I just cut open a Fram Ultra that came off a 7500 mi. OC. Best quality filter out of any I've had apart, by a long shot. Media was immaculate, thick and wire backed, bypass had some extra parts I've never seen on other filters-- a plastic thing that appeared to make it open up more squarely. The Mobil1 is just a top-tier Champ Labs (at least they used to be) likely with a thicker can and synthetic media. I'll keep buying Fram Ultras as long as they stay around the $10 mark or below.


Mobil 1 is a synblend media, not full synthetic.

https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4463054/Mobil_1_Annual_Filter#Post4463054
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#4495608 - 08/22/17 09:08 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
Nyogtha Offline


Registered: 10/13/14
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These days I agree with choosing the Fram Ultra between those 2 options. The only cut open "A" suffix M1 AP filter I've seen posted here had horrenfous pleat spacing, and the "A" suffix M1 dropped the filter efficiency to get the 20K mile rating.

Peviously I really liked the prior construction quality of M1 EP series oil filters along with the then superior M1 EP oil filter warranty.
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#4495620 - 08/22/17 09:20 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: volk06]
92saturnsl2 Offline


Registered: 03/02/04
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Originally Posted By: volk06
Mobil 1 is a synblend media, not full synthetic.


Is that true for the can filters too? For a long time, most companies outsourced the cartridge filters to Mann, Hengst, etc. since they had no means for producing cartridge filters at an acceptable cost, and hadn't made the investment in them yet. So you had all sorts of oddities between packaging and what was inside-- IE, a Fram box with a Mann filter (just an example, not saying that example is accurate.)

edit-- I see on Mobil's website, their oil filter line is advertised as semi-synthetic.

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#4495633 - 08/22/17 09:46 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
Merkava_4 Offline


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Loc: Clovis, CA
The Mobil 1 is not a wire backed synthetic media filter. Easy decision. smile

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#4495638 - 08/22/17 09:49 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
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Registered: 12/16/06
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Loc: Port Orange, Florida
I just switched to Fram because of the Ultra. Really Good filter.
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#4495646 - 08/22/17 09:57 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
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I buy Fram, never heard of Fran. Can't vouch for it
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#4495647 - 08/22/17 09:59 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: LotI]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
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Loc: PNW
Originally Posted By: LotI
I buy Fram, never head of Fran.

Doesn't she have that obnoxios voice? LOL

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#4495652 - 08/22/17 10:06 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
jim302 Offline


Registered: 04/17/10
Posts: 421
Loc: Holly Springs, NC USA
No question for me... I would go with the Fram Ultra. Much better media and construction. I also like the sure grip paint. Mobil 1 filters are not bad, but I think they're riding on their name when you consider the modern high-end synthetic media filters on the market.

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#4495668 - 08/22/17 10:17 PM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
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Registered: 09/21/10
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Loc: Texas
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#4495823 - 08/23/17 06:04 AM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
blupupher Offline


Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 4529
Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
Fram Ultra.
As said, lower cost, better media and filtration, holes in center tube, not louvers (although M1 seems to have good, open louvers) and better pleat spacing (at least with the one M1 I cut open).

Many still are Fram haters with no valid reason.
Also, if you buy Mobil 1 Annual oil, you need a Mobil 1 Annual filter, right? That is what they are banking on for sure.
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#4495836 - 08/23/17 06:41 AM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: cb_13]
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Mobil 1. I like the color of the can better and it's the same brand as my oil. wink

Since I'm being honest.
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#4495841 - 08/23/17 06:46 AM Re: Mobil 1 vs Fran Ultra oil filters [Re: rooflessVW]
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Registered: 09/21/10
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Loc: Texas
Both are fine by me ...

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