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#4611082 - 12/22/17 10:19 AM the whole toilet paper filter thing...
izz Offline


Registered: 11/24/17
Posts: 19
Loc: Ohio
there's no way this was actually ever a thing is there? it's just one of those internet meme things right? right?

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#4611089 - 12/22/17 10:23 AM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
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Registered: 10/09/14
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Loc: Idaho
Well my dad ran one in his 1962 Ford Galaxy.
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#4611094 - 12/22/17 10:27 AM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7479
Loc: S California
Toilet paper makes an excellent filter for oil, diesel fuel, and gasoline.

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#4611103 - 12/22/17 10:41 AM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
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Registered: 06/23/14
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Loc: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
It's very much a thing .. and has been around for a long time. They tend to get used mostly on diesel trucks, but they will work on just about any engine, if you have the room to mount one, etc..

Also, the standard filters for these are not actually toilet paper, but people figured out that it's far cheaper to find a decent roll of toilet paper and use that, instead of paying for the more expensive filter elements that are actually made specifically for the filter.
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#4611110 - 12/22/17 10:47 AM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: SirTanon]
CT8 Offline


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Originally Posted By: SirTanon
It's very much a thing .. and has been around for a long time. They tend to get used mostly on diesel trucks, but they will work on just about any engine, if you have the room to mount one, etc..

Also, the standard filters for these are not actually toilet paper, but people figured out that it's far cheaper to find a decent roll of toilet paper and use that, instead of paying for the more expensive filter elements that are actually made specifically for the filter.

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#4611139 - 12/22/17 11:12 AM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
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Registered: 05/21/12
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A thing? It's a huge thing, and has been a huge thing for a long time.

Not internet lore. It's backed up by a LOT of science from some very reputable sources.

How good are they? People have switched from toilet paper filters to centrifuges and gotten better used oil lab results from the toilet paper.

Toilet paper filters absorb moisture, remove contamination at a VERY fine level, and even remove soot from the oil, which is ridiculously difficult.

A fresh diesel oil change turns black from soot within seconds of starting the engine. I see diesel engines running TP filters that have perfectly clear oil from beginning to end of oil use.

Considering that you can by these "filter cartridges" for pennies, it's quite incredible.
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#4611146 - 12/22/17 11:19 AM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
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There are numerous threads on this subject already, I suggest you search around and I bet you'll find everything you wish to know and more.
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#4611181 - 12/22/17 11:46 AM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
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#4611212 - 12/22/17 12:15 PM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: Linctex]
Kira Online   content


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5226
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Don't feel bad izz. I asked the same question in exactly the same way.

And just like you, the BITOGers answered me with links etc.

Do remember, these are bypass filter applications where ~10% of the system's oil bypasses the factory filter.

There is a preferred type of toilet paper for these bypass filers. The super fluffy ones are not preferred.

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#4611240 - 12/22/17 12:47 PM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
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Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 6561
Loc: Hudson, NH
I remember my grampa showing me a cotton oil filter/sock probably for one of the many Buicks he owned. It was for a canister, no metal spin on can. And I do remember him telling me in a pinch you could use TP instead of cotton. But I assume it was the olden days arse scraper TP, not the new California bio TP
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#4611242 - 12/22/17 12:48 PM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
Yah-Tah-Hey Offline


Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3396
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
Good example of a memeplex that has suffered a thousand deaths but continues to live on. People just seem to like the idea of a fifty cent roll of toilet paper taking the place of a five dollar filter.DENSO. Toilet paper need not apply.

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#4611261 - 12/22/17 01:04 PM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
i_hate_autofraud Offline


Registered: 05/19/16
Posts: 705
Loc: Canada


Yeah, they were used in bypass filter applications, they can't filter at a 5 to 10 gallon per minute rate
like a spin-on filter. So you'd have to have 2 filters under the hood.

Under the hood space is at a real premium these days on any car after the 90's,
I would liked to have tried it on a 60's, 70's Mopar Slant
6 engine, lots of room for hoses and fittings!

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#4611268 - 12/22/17 01:09 PM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: izz]
goodtimes Offline


Registered: 12/08/10
Posts: 2850
Loc: california
There are two Frantz suppliers. One makes a synthetic 2 micron roll in addition to TP. Trasko makes a full flow spin on replacement. They use their own roll. A search will find them.
The reason a lot of new TP isn't suitable is most of it has been downsized. Not because it is Calif. Bio.

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#4611320 - 12/22/17 01:59 PM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: goodtimes]
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Registered: 05/30/15
Posts: 163
Loc: Virginia
For vehicles over 75,000 miles, I would suggest the premium toilet paper w/ lotion.
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#4611399 - 12/22/17 02:59 PM Re: the whole toilet paper filter thing... [Re: GravelRoad]
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