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#4650905 - 01/30/18 09:00 AM Cut open the oil filter...what the??!!
gorilla Offline


Registered: 12/21/11
Posts: 14
Loc: San Diego
Hey Team, I just bought a 2005 Yamaha FZ1 with about 12,000 miles on her. Just did my first oil change, and as I always do on any oil change, I cut open the filter.

What am I seeing here? Also, the filter element is hard and kinda crusty- very difficult to pull apart. Not really sure how oil could 'filter' through it.

I've cut open maybe 50 different filters but this just doesn't look right?
Or does it? What do you guys think??

(ps- got the filter cutter from Harbor Freight for like 9 bucks or something- cuts open a filter in under 45 seconds!)






Edited by gorilla (01/30/18 09:03 AM)
Edit Reason: images
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#4650910 - 01/30/18 09:05 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1692
Loc: Alberta
Wow. What oil and weight were you running?

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#4650913 - 01/30/18 09:09 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
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Registered: 09/26/10
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Loc: SE Texas
This looks normal. The OEM branded filter on my 2010 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 was the same.
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#4650915 - 01/30/18 09:11 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
E150GT Offline


Registered: 03/11/12
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That looks like the sponge filter on my fish tank
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#4650921 - 01/30/18 09:15 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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Those are nice filters, its made that way.
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#4650922 - 01/30/18 09:16 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
Sayjac Offline


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#4650923 - 01/30/18 09:17 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: Snagglefoot]
gorilla Offline


Registered: 12/21/11
Posts: 14
Loc: San Diego
Valvoline 10w40 from what I understand.

Not too sure what he ran over the 9 years he owned the bike.
Not sure how long that filter had been in there either.
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#4650926 - 01/30/18 09:19 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: Sayjac]
gorilla Offline


Registered: 12/21/11
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Loc: San Diego
Originally Posted By: Sayjac
Same type construction as the Toyota/Denso Japan OEM filter.

https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/t/genuine-toyota-oil-filter-japanese-vs-thailand-made/216337



Thanks man- that was quite helpful! So maybe what I'm looking at is normal.
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#4650928 - 01/30/18 09:20 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: Trav]
gorilla Offline


Registered: 12/21/11
Posts: 14
Loc: San Diego
Originally Posted By: Trav
Those are nice filters, its made that way.


Ok, whew! What a relief! Yes, with all the responses coming in, it does look like this is perfectly normal. Thanks man!
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#4650950 - 01/30/18 09:40 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
michaelluscher Offline


Registered: 10/07/12
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Loc: Staten Island, NY
That's a top notch filter design

I wish they could be purchased for my Toyota
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#4650971 - 01/30/18 10:00 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
MolaKule Offline


Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 19042
Loc: Iowegia - USA
Hmmm, looks like French Toast sticks. smile

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#4650991 - 01/30/18 10:13 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: MolaKule]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3966
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: MolaKule
Hmmm, looks like French Toast sticks. smile


My thoughts exactly, I would have been pulling chunks off and chowing down if somebody had left that in the break room at work.
;^)
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#4651042 - 01/30/18 11:16 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
ARCOgraphite Offline


Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 11963
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None of my advanced toyota engines would run right unless it had one of these japon denso filters on it. The VVT wouldn't work right AT ALL with the Thai denso service part. These are OE service on Japan Lexus - or used to be around 2005.
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#4651046 - 01/30/18 11:19 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
ARCOgraphite Offline


Registered: 05/17/09
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Ohh la la! Toast Francais!

Good one MoleKule
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#4651080 - 01/30/18 11:52 AM Re: Cut open the oil filter...what the??!! [Re: gorilla]
zorobabel Offline


Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 477
Loc: Anaheim, CA
Did you just buy the HB filter cutter? Link?
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