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Old 07-04-2012, 09:06 PM   #180
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Took the Focus on a 140 mile drive through the city and highway today testing for leaks, durability, or any signs of trouble. None were found and everything is working as expected.

Originally Posted by craigsfocus View Post
UnleashedBeast- Great Install! I am curious what your results will be on your Oil Analysis. Did you use the oil filter that Amsoil has for the Focus or did you get a bigger one? I am getting ready to change my oil this weekend, it has Motorcraft Full Synthetic 5w-20 in it now, so I am thinking about getting a Oil Analysis done on it. I came real close to getting a By-Pass Kit from Amsoil when I bought my case of oil, but I haven't crawled under my Focus engine bay yet. I am gonna look around when I change my oil this weekend to see where I can put a By-Pass kit.

Did you have to make your own hoses or did they come with the kit from Amsoil?

Do you have an estimate you think the Focus can go on a oil change with this kit? I'm thinking 25,000-30,000 miles. The 2.0 GDI engine in our Foci don't seem like they would be a dirty engine. Getting 40,000 miles on a oil change would be pretty epic
The standard Amsoil filter for the Focus is the Ea15k51. However, I chose to use the longer version for more capacity. There are two alternate filters with the same 3/4"-16 threads.

The EaO34 - same diameter as the OEM oil filter, but longer for ~1/2 quart more oil capacity. Will allow you to increase your engine to a 5 quart sump with this one simple filter swap in the stock location.

The EaO15 - 1/2" larger diameter and longer than the OEM filter. This is the largest filter you will fit on the bypass system when installing it on a 2012 Focus. This filter will NOT fit in the stock location.

I will be creating a separate UOA thread to compare everyone's oil analysis reports to see what lubricants are doing a better job. Stay tuned for this very soon.

The Amsoil bypass kit includes 12' of hose. That was barely enough to install the bypass kit in the upper rear engine bay and make it to the OEM filter location. I had about 6" per side of hose remaining.

I estimate this kit allowing me to make easy oil changes in the 15,000 to 25,000 range, or one year...whichever occur first. However, since the oil is being "super cleaned", the one year interval may not be an issue. I may extended oil changed to every 18 months, assuming the UOA's come back good. I normally don't drive more than 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year. Since this is currently my only car, it will be daily driven with no alternate.

Originally Posted by FocusBoy58 View Post
I went 5000 hard miles on mobile 1 synth and changed it.. I have never seen such black oil come out of a new car. It even smelt burnt... If you drive the car hard 0w20 will not be 0w20 for very long lol.

I in my life have never seen such black oil come from 5000 miles... it was like a semi truck with 20000 miles on its last change...
With a bypass filter kit, after that many would still be hard pressed to read the oil on the dipstick. It's so clear, you'd swear it was just changed.

Originally Posted by JL330 View Post
How hard is that bypass kit to install and what am I looking at as far as price? I want one for both my cars.
Not difficult for those who have access to a LOT of tools and mechanically inclined. This isn't for novice installers, but also doesn't require a pro to get it done. Simply follow the detailed instructions.

Originally Posted by Chris_HT View Post
So.... this bypass stuff, anyone tried it on first gen focus?
This is a "universal" kit, BMK23, so it will work on any engine. They also have single bypass kits that does not relocate the full flow filter from the OEM location. This is a plus for small vehicles with limited room. The Focus falls into that category, and I will be honest. The location I put it in wasn't my first choice, but it was the only area that would accept the kit with enough room to route hoses and remove the filters with little efforts.

Install instructions

The single bypass kit may be a better choice for this car. The bypass filter would feed from the tap where the oil pressure sensor feeds from, and the return line would be a custom oil cap.

Originally Posted by oritpro View Post
Wow, that is pretty trick! Hope it doesn't cause problems with your warranty.
If there were a failure with the kit that caused oil starvation issues, it would be covered by Amsoil's warranty, assuming installation was performed correctly. I've seen these kits still working on vehicles with perfect engines, but the rest of the vehicle was so worn out, it was retired anyway.

Originally Posted by Bimmer-Bob View Post
Really neat set up you have there. Very clean install. I can't say that I'm as excited about oil as you, but it's still cool to see something like this.
I've had this mad habit since 2004. Just can't stop studying engine lubricants.

Originally Posted by dyn085 View Post
FWIW, I'm highly impressed and will be following this to see your results. I'll be following my own OCI out of habit and easy math, but I could foresee a possible change within the coming years...+1 rep
Thanks for your kinds thoughts. Keep a close eye on the upcoming dedicated UOA thread in the 3rd generation section. It's time to see what oils perform, which ones are over priced for the performance you get, and which ones give you your monies worth.
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