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Are the TRD oil filters really worth the $11.95 or are the $2.95 Fram oil filters just as good?

Or is it better to split the difference and get a genuine Toyota oil filter?

*Amsoil doesn't count as I already know they are good filters and I didn't ask about the Amsoil filter now did I? <raises eyebrow>
 

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DriftinCO said:
Are the TRD oil filters really worth the $11.95 or are the $2.95 Fram oil filters just as good?

Or is it better to split the difference and get a genuine Toyota oil filter?

*Amsoil doesn't count as I already know they are good filters and I didn't ask about the Amsoil filter now did I? <raises eyebrow>
Can't go wrong with a regular Toyota filter. They are a great deal too, if you buy them in bulk. I just got four of them from my local dealer for 22 something! They work for a lot of applications too, which is great for me because they work for my Tacoma and my old 4Runner.
 

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(most) Everyone is gonna say nearly any, except Fram.
 

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Okay...I think I understand what you're telling me about Fram *sarcasm here*

Guess I will change my buying habit!
 

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Fram = screw over your beloved Taco engine royally is what I'm hearing here
 

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That's 3 out of 3 Taco owners recommend ANY other oil filter but Fram.

I'm off to the local Toyota dealer for OEM oil filters!
 

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I doubt that fram will ruin an engine, many vehicles on and off the road run forever on them. The issue is the construction method and the normal sales price of fram is a premium price. The construction is weak and profit based, not performance based.

The OEM filter, Mobil 1 and all the recomended compatable filters will work fine. If you are daring or out of warranty you can try the many oversized filters that will fit.

The best value for an approved sized filter is the OEM filter. Even the newer made in Thailand ones that are not as good as the previous genration are better than most on the market.
 

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Given that TRD doesn't manufacture anything they sell, I wouldn't be surprised if Fram didn't make their filters. A friend of mine has been a long time engine builder. They put NAPA Gold on everything that goes out the door.
 

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Triple BB said:
A friend of mine has been a long time engine builder. They put NAPA Gold on everything that goes out the door.
That's my filter of choice. :)
 

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Triple BB said:
Given that TRD doesn't manufacture anything they sell, I wouldn't be surprised if Fram didn't make their filters.
Not likely, Nippon, Denso, Purolator seem to be the most likely culprits.
 

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I doubt that fram will ruin an engine, many vehicles on and off the road run forever on them. The issue is the construction method and the normal sales price of fram is a premium price. The construction is weak and profit based, not performance based.

The OEM filter, Mobil 1 and all the recomended compatable filters will work fine. If you are daring or out of warranty you can try the many oversized filters that will fit.

The best value for an approved sized filter is the OEM filter. Even the newer made in Thailand ones that are not as good as the previous genration are better than most on the market.

WHy do you say "daring or out of warranty" in reference to running an oversized filter? I was thinking of running the oversized amsoil filter as I have not heard of any negative side effects.
 

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4BYnTacoma said:
WHy do you say "daring or out of warranty" in reference to running an oversized filter? I was thinking of running the oversized amsoil filter as I have not heard of any negative side effects.

By going with an oversized filter -
You are putting a part NOT originally intended, designed, spec'd for your vehicle.
Hypothetically-
- Lets just pretend the threaded part of the filter did not match up and you lost all of your oil...toasting your engine- It would not help your situation with warranty when they see a different then recommended filter and you explain to them that you put on an oil filter for FORD taurus.
- Those Jiffy lube places have been known to erroneously intall wrong size filters- with catastrophic results.


- Realistically, as long as the thread pattern, diameter & mating surface of the filter is the same as stock you should be fine.
 

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4BYnTacoma said:
WHy do you say "daring or out of warranty" in reference to running an oversized filter? I was thinking of running the oversized amsoil filter as I have not heard of any negative side effects.
I am posting this more so for those that may read it than just the poster I am responding to.

What Grillmaster said. You need to weigh the risk and be certain that the filter will work. Oversized filters are great for increased filtration area and increasing oil capacity which in turn increases the potential oil change interval. If you decide to do this (an many of us may have or may have not ;) currently or not currently run oversized filters) realize that if you have a failure related to the oil filter that neither the oil filter maker or the automaker will warrant it. Amsoil may.. but you need to contact that maker to be certain.

If you are in warranty you need to keep your end of the agreement and be willing to take responsibility for changes you make from the factory specs that could effect longevity or warranted parts. (example; lifts and CV boots, non-affiliated to the factory performance mods etc.)

Persoanly I have no problem with running a properly selected oversized filter, a lift or even some better fuel injectors if you have a supercharger. But you should know the risks before you read something on the internet and jump into it without thought for potential consequence.
 

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- Lets just pretend the threaded part of the filter did not match up and you lost all of your oil...toasting your engine- It would not help your situation with warranty when they see a different then recommended filter and you explain to them that you put on an oil filter for FORD taurus.
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You know I don't want everyone to do what I do :D If I mess something up it's not like I don't have something to drive to work.
 

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Fram = screw over your beloved Taco engine royally is what I'm hearing here

I have been running Fram Tough Guard filters on my truck for its entire 130k life. I get them in a four pack for 10 bucks at BJ's (like costco). People seem to trash them here, but havent had any problems yet.
 

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It's all about engine life. If someone smokes one pack of cigarettes it is not to say they will develop cancer right way, but continuous use of the product and given enough time they will. I am not saying you engine is doomed, but if you plan on keeping your truck for a longer period of time why not treat is as such. Do your own research. Google filter studies. Look at what others have done. Cut open one of their filters. Use your own judgment. It all comes down to preference, but from all the research I have done, fram comes out at the bottom. For a few more bucks I could get the peace of mind.
 
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