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#496893 - 07/04/06 08:27 AM Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
steven88 Offline


Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 209
Loc: Cali
So I want to get some expert advice from you guys....What air filter should I get? I'm just looking for something decent...not too interested in Amsoil Ea0 or those expensive kinds...just something for $10-15 a pop since I plan to do regular intervals

I can get Fram at walmart...Puralator seems to be only available at Pepboys...I can also get STP at walmart...is there another filter worth checking out thats good quality?

Inform me BITOG members [Big Grin]

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#496894 - 07/04/06 08:48 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
UncleS2 Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 3202
Loc: Far North East Texas
Steven, so many companies outsource so many air filters these days that the best answer I can give is this: Open the boxes & look at the filters for *your* application. I did this a few years ago, wound up buying a cheap ($4) house-brand filter for my '97 DOHC Neon, simply because it looked every bit as good as the Wix, Purolator, AC-Delco, STP, & a couple of others. Heck, I even counted pleats & wrote it down.

I didn't look at a Fram until I'd run the O'Reilly's filter for a week. I was shocked, it looked better in every way than all the others I'd seen. So I bought one & installed it in the parking lot! [Big Grin] The Fram #: CA-3660.

Nothing like looking for yourself. [Cheers!]

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#496895 - 07/04/06 11:17 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
steven88 Offline


Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 209
Loc: Cali
is counting the pleats really a sign of a filter being "superior" than others? I mean, what about where its built, quality of material, etc?

Well, if it helps, I own a 02 Nissan Maxima...the 00-03 Maximas all use the same air filter...so whoever out there with good knowledge on 00-03 maxima air filters, please chime in!

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#496896 - 07/06/06 03:04 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
steven88 Offline


Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 209
Loc: Cali
anybody know if the FRAM TOUGH GUARD (heavy duty one) is any good?

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#496897 - 07/06/06 03:21 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
surfstar Offline


Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 5820
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
The regular Frams are usually above the price range of Supertech, Purolator Prem +, AC Delco, Motorcraft, and STP, which IMO are all better filters for a better price.

If you go higher up in price, WIX/Napa Gold and Pure Ones are nice quality filters as well.

If you like saving money, Pep Boys has monthly rebates on the Prem + filters and they are usually under a $1 after rebate. If you scroll down the main page, you will find the BITOG rebate/sales forum with lots of offers listed.

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#496898 - 07/06/06 04:06 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
dodge1 Offline


Registered: 11/12/05
Posts: 157
Loc: n.texas
I use the Fram 9401 on my ram and it is peforming very well.

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#496899 - 07/06/06 12:03 PM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
steven88 Offline


Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 209
Loc: Cali
surfstar- so you're sayin stick with STP, Purolator, Supertech air filters instead of regular fram? how does it compare to their tough guard line? I might just go with the super-tech line, since I'm buying their oil filter for only like $2 [Smile]

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#496900 - 07/06/06 07:49 PM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
surfstar Offline


Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 5820
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
[Duh!] steven88, disregard that post, I thought I was in the oil filter section when I made that reply. [Duh!]

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#496901 - 07/07/06 12:42 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
steven88 Offline


Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 209
Loc: Cali
LOL...well, do you have any knowledge of air filters by any chance?

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#496902 - 07/07/06 01:08 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
OriginHacker21 Offline


Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 2132
Loc: High Desert, California
For my application (drop in box type) STP, Fram, Purolator were all the same in look/design. I really like the design/quality of the Fram Toughguard - I'd highly recommend that. But, for my application (04 Sunfire) - my air filter box was built too big so most filters didn't fit. The only filter that fit snugly was a K&N (flame suit on). I've gotten better silicon numbers in my UOAs with K&N so I think it filters better. I like the idea of oiled filters. So, I'd recommend Fram Toughguard and K&N due to build quality and my personal experience.

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#496903 - 07/07/06 03:44 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
steven88 Offline


Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 209
Loc: Cali
I'm trying to avoid K&N...only becuz it's oiled filter and many Maximas have had bad problems with their MAF becuz of the oil...

I just want to stick with something simple...will super-tech give me good results? How about the Fram Tough Guard (heard its oiled, but not as much?)

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#496904 - 07/07/06 07:13 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
schwartr88 Offline


Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 486
Loc: Morrice, MI
Theres nothing wrong with Fram air filters, and their Toughguard air filters are very nice. I compared a TG to a pureone air filter and the TG had 20 more pleats. Of course the number of pleats is meaningless if the media is totally different. Another nice thing about the TG vs. the P1 is the TG is 6 dollars less.

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#496905 - 07/07/06 10:44 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
steven88 Offline


Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 209
Loc: Cali
it's just the fram oil filters you need to watch out for? but their air filter lines are real nice?

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#496906 - 07/07/06 11:32 PM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
schwartr88 Offline


Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 486
Loc: Morrice, MI
Theres nothing really "wrong" with fram their filters will do the job. Fram air filters are just about as good as anyother filter you can pick up at the stores and their TG filters have the oil on them which should help capture finer particles. As I said in my last post, when comparing the Pureone vs. the Fram TG I was more impressed by the fram. It was more firm, $6 cheaper, and had 20 more pleats. However, the P1 did seem to have a lot more oil on it. What realy matters in a filter is the quality of the element itself and since I have no way on knowing what one (TG/P1) is better I recommend the fram toughguard.

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#496907 - 07/08/06 04:02 AM Re: Fram, Purolator, STP, which one is good!?!
boxcartommie22 Offline


Registered: 01/03/03
Posts: 3069
Loc: moutain country
just looking at them i wouldn't put those filters on any car....i can't believe people would use these crap filters!!!

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