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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Oil filter alternatives....

If like me you’ve been horrified at the price of what is in effect a rather small oil filter you may be interested in the following concept.
The standard BMW oil filter is a Mahle OC1141 which is 65mm diameter, 51mm tall with an M20x1.5 thread.
Interestingly the filters used on Nissan Almeras & Xtrails is the same diameter and thread size, but is 70mm tall (+19mm).
There may be other oil filters with better size similarities.
So my question is.... has anybody had the guts to put an ‘equivalent’ but non-regulation oil filter on their bike.
For me where I live out on a remote island province, a BMW oil filter from an on-line seller will cost me $40 + shipping, so you can see why a $7 Nissan alternative is an attractive option if it (or something else) works!


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I can comfortably get my finger between the filter and the inside of the plastic skid-plate, so I think the 19mm (3/4”) difference is doable.


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I can comfortably get my finger between the filter and the inside of the plastic skid-plate, so I think the 19mm (3/4”) difference is doable.



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thing is different filters especially cars my have a higher rated pressure bypass relief valve inside
I am not totally sure if the BMW filter has one but I would be careful
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Maybe you can get a deal on a bunch of filters (say 4 or 5) ordered all at once, at least you will save on shipping. I would not play around with something as critical to engine health as the oil and filter. They don't need replacing all that often.

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if you fitted an aluminum skid plate, you have to use oil filter with the oem dimensions. as there is just too little space. with the original plastic guard, I guess any filter would fit. they will all do the job. i got some oem oil filters and they are not too expensive. I usually change only every second time the filter when i change the oil

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$40 for the filter alone is quite steep.
If you shop around you can source them at $13-15 each.
Maybe one of these sellers have reasonable price for shipping to your place? Worth checking.
examples:
Oil Filter OC1141 (#1142889) Other Brands 1142889 | BMW Wunderlich America
https://www.euromotoelectrics.com/pr...-889oc1141.htm
https://www.beemershop.com/product/m...lter-2633.html

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$40 for the filter alone is quite steep.

If you shop around you can source them at $13-15 each.

Maybe one of these sellers have reasonable price for shipping to your place? Worth checking.

examples:

Oil Filter OC1141 (#1142889) Other Brands 1142889 | BMW Wunderlich America

https://www.euromotoelectrics.com/pr...-889oc1141.htm

https://www.beemershop.com/product/m...lter-2633.html


There are NO alternative suppliers where I live.... no BMW dealer, and only 1 source of on-line mail order type service sadly, hence they can charge a HUGE markup and nobody can complain.
This is why I need alternatives.


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There are NO alternative suppliers where I live.... no BMW dealer, and only 1 source of on-line mail order type service sadly, hence they can charge a HUGE markup and nobody can complain.
This is why I need alternatives.


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I bought four filters from China for USD 35,- They are labeled AHL and all text on filters are in French. You can find them on ebay.
I have not cut one open yet but from what I can see and feel they look perfectly fine.

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There are NO alternative suppliers where I live.... no BMW dealer, and only 1 source of on-line mail order type service sadly, hence they can charge a HUGE markup and nobody can complain.
This is why I need alternatives.
So no other online retailers will ship to the Philippines? Typically then some entrepreneurial types will offer to forward packages you have sent to them in, say, the US, for a small fee (plus the onward shipping. But if ordered in the same country, like the US in my example, shipping is oftentimes free). Perhaps another member here located close to the Philippines is willing to help out.

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any filter will fit as long as you do not have aluminum gourd at the bottom. all these filters, kawasaki, bmw and so on are the same, it is just that the dimensions of the small gs filter are smaller. such a filter should not cost more than 10usd

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