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#4514489 - 09/12/17 07:11 PM Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do?
2015_PSD Offline


Registered: 09/26/10
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Run them or toss them? They are free (replaced with new ones at no cost). I am not going to run them--just wanted to see the general consensus.





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#4514495 - 09/12/17 07:14 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
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How about a third option-cut them open? I wouldn't run them with those dents, I'd be afraid of cracking at the corner of the dents.


Edited by bullwinkle (09/12/17 07:15 PM)
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#4514496 - 09/12/17 07:15 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
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Neither of the cars in your sig seem to be beaters...so I wouldn't run them. Id only risk it on a beater car.
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#4514499 - 09/12/17 07:18 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
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eBay? I had two dented filters from a dealer who sold them by the 6 pack or case on eBay. I got two replacements w/o issue. Mine weren't quite as bad as yours. I'd use them on a beater, not something I treasure.
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#4514502 - 09/12/17 07:21 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: demarpaint]
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Originally Posted By: demarpaint
eBay? I had two dented filters from a dealer who sold them by the 6 pack or case on eBay. I got two replacements w/o issue. Mine weren't quite as bad as yours. I'd use them on a beater, not something I treasure.
Yep; packed them in a bubble wrap envelope (six filters). He replaced them ASAP, but I told him he is losing money by using cheesy packing.
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#4514504 - 09/12/17 07:21 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: demarpaint]
car51 Offline


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Originally Posted By: demarpaint
eBay? I had two dented filters from a dealer who sold them by the 6 pack or case on eBay. I got two replacements w/o issue. Mine weren't quite as bad as yours. I'd use them on a beater, not something I treasure.


Yeah, I ran a ultra on my Bonneville that had done end dent.

The way these two look; I wouldn't run them
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#4514505 - 09/12/17 07:21 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
BrianF Offline


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run them. There is a gap between the media and the external can. Its not a sharp dent so I doubt there would be anything structuarrly wrong with it.
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#4514506 - 09/12/17 07:22 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
Krieg Offline


Registered: 07/23/17
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Loc: USA
Cut them open and recycle!
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#4514514 - 09/12/17 07:28 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
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That's why I will no longer use Fram,the paper thin cans.
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#4514522 - 09/12/17 07:32 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
fdcg27 Offline


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Well, you could just buy these filters locally for literally a few cents more.
fleabay product is always caveat emptor.
These dents don't look sharp edged enough to be a problem, though.
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#4514526 - 09/12/17 07:35 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
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Send them to BlueOvalFitter. He will run them and has a Ford truck to use those on.

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#4514529 - 09/12/17 07:40 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
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Registered: 08/27/04
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Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
I would not use them, any dent can compromise the integrity of the can.
It is a weak spot on a part that you don't want a weak spot in.
It is not a matter of it interfering with flow or causing media failure.
I remember reading an article specifically about dented filters, and it was not good if it was even a small dent.
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#4514536 - 09/12/17 07:43 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
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Registered: 08/15/06
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Yeah the pressure rating of the can is based on it being a circle. A dent creates a stress riser and can lead to failure.

I dropped a Ultra not to long ago while I was getting ready for a change. I was more than a little upset but I did end up getting another one.
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#4514538 - 09/12/17 07:45 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: fdcg27]
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Well, you could just buy these filters locally for literally a few cents more. fleabay product is always caveat emptor.
Not exactly. 6 filters for $29.94 is $4.99 each to the door. Locally those filters are between $9 and $10 each. I only buy from reputable sellers so the risk is low, as I said the seller replaced these immediately.
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#4514540 - 09/12/17 07:47 PM Re: Dented FRAM Ultras--What Would You Do? [Re: 2015_PSD]
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Don't run them, but do cut them open for us smile

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