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Is Fram OK now? #4771552 05/29/18 07:38 PM
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So in the past I have read/heard to avoid the "OCOD" for either the end caps not being made of metal, poor quality control, or hearing people claim with Fram filters they have lower oil pressure. However everything I see recently shows the "OCOD" holding up ok, and the TG and Ultra are even better. And they all now have Silicone ADBV's. So is the "OCOD" OK? It is very affordable at Walmart near me, only thing cheaper is a Supertech filter. Yes Fram, or no Fram and why? Thanks so much.

Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771561 05/29/18 07:45 PM
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I will not put Fram on anything out of principle and why bother when alternatives with a better reputation are readily available, such as Wix!

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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771565 05/29/18 07:48 PM
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I'm thinking there was never anything wrong with Fram - just people that don't know any better saying they're garbage because "they're made of paper!"


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771583 05/29/18 07:58 PM
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I used only Fram oil filters when my wife owned a 2012 Mazda3 with the 2.0L Skyactiv engine. Why? Fram was the only filter maker to list the proper oil filter when the car first came out. Other filter makers goofed and said to use the same oil filter used on the other, older 2.0L engine which has a different thread size. The end-caps aren't cardboard and don't flake apart. Use without worry.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771587 05/29/18 07:58 PM
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Fram is not the best but in a pinch I would use one.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771596 05/29/18 08:03 PM
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Stories started by a disgruntled employee that just took off. Too bad there wasn't a Snopes for cars at that time.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: rooflessVW] #4771599 05/29/18 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
I'm thinking there was never anything wrong with Fram - just people that don't know any better saying they're garbage because "they're made of paper!"


That sums it up nicely in my book.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771618 05/29/18 08:16 PM
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I use fram because i got them for .75c from tractor supply. They seem to be working for me.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: dogememe] #4771627 05/29/18 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted By: dogememe
I will not put Fram on anything out of principle and why bother when alternatives with a better reputation are readily available, such as Wix!


What principle would that be?


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771631 05/29/18 08:27 PM
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Many cut-and-posts here prove they are quality filters that do the job they were designed for. You will never find agreement here on what’s the best filter, but they have multiple models and price points so you can’t go wrong.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771652 05/29/18 08:40 PM
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I won’t use an ExtraGuard or ToughGuard on anything I own. I do have an Ultra Synthetic XG4957 on my new Toro zero turn mower. Experience with the OCOD is my reason for not using the two lower tier filters.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771664 05/29/18 08:52 PM
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The Fram orange can has been improved for several years now. More pleats in the pH 8 or ph 2, and pH 16 sizes has made those a fair amount better than they used to be. The other sizes like 7317, 6607, 4386, 4967, 3593a plus other sizes have also had some added media to improve their strength. The Fram orange can is a filter that can be run without any worries. I could be wrong but I think the Fram Ultra being made has good as it had been at the time... Also led to improvements being made to the tiered filters below the Ultra.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771707 05/29/18 09:30 PM
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FRAM has always been okay, even the OCOD, and I would have no problems using one.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: AnonOIl] #4771712 05/29/18 09:33 PM
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The only problems I have with OCOD is the price. They seem pricey for what they are.


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Re: Is Fram OK now? [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #4771716 05/29/18 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted By: FordBroncoVWJeta
The only problems I have with OCOD is the price. They seem pricey for what they are.


It's essentially a WIX/ NAPA Gold for under $4.


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