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Old 07-14-2013, 01:29 AM   #1
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Larger oil filter?

So in changing the oil today in the focus I noticed the filter had about the same size fitting as a old ford V8 or some V6's. Since I had a one sitting around I tried my FL1A and it screwed right on. It looks like there is a support ribs that may need a bit of grinding just to be safe, but other then that should work fine. It would be great to be able to use that other half quart of oil at oil changes and just buy one filter for at least two of my cars.

Question is, I know I can't be the only one thinking of this, so who has done this, and what are the pluses and minus.


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Old 07-14-2013, 02:51 AM   #2
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IIRC the ranger 2.3 filter is larger and a direct fit.
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I haven't done this on the Focus, but I've used larger filters on other vehicles. I've never noticed an issue. The extra capacity can't be bad IMO. As long as it's not narrower or wider than the stock filter and isn't so long that it interferes with something else, I'd go for it.

I'm running a filter nearly 2x larger (longer) in my 1997 4Runner, and have been doing so for several years. My OCI are 5k miles and I run Mobil1 synthetic 10w-30. The truck has 207k miles and fires right up every day (or did when it was my DD prior to getting the Focus, now it mostly sits).

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Old 07-14-2013, 10:00 AM   #4
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So in changing the oil today in the focus I noticed the filter had about the same size fitting as a old ford V8 or some V6's. Since I had a one sitting around I tried my FL1A and it screwed right on. It looks like there is a support ribs that may need a bit of grinding just to be safe, but other then that should work fine. It would be great to be able to use that other half quart of oil at oil changes and just buy one filter for at least two of my cars.

Question is, I know I can't be the only one thinking of this, so who has done this, and what are the pluses and minus.
The oil filter mount hangs down vertical & a long filter hangs down pretty low. Hit a curb or something & that'll take out the filter. I've seen it done before working in a body shop. I use a FL842= shorter then the fl400 & a tad bit longer then the fl910, but wider like the fl1a. It'd be great to have the filter mount horizon, to use a filter like the fl1a.
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #5
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this would work if you are serious about a bigger oil filter. http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=238252 I considered it a couple weeks ago when I changed my oil,but didn't have time to wait for it to get here,so just went with the stock size bosch.
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2.3 uses a fl1a... or at least my old '96 ranger did. My '99 explorer uses it.
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Not sure weather it is true or not,but when I was researching a bigger filter,someone mentioned the FL1A but said it wouldn't fit because of the webbing on the engine block. also I would think it would hang down WAYYY to far and be in danger of being ripped off if you hit something with it.
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Not sure weather it is true or not,but when I was researching a bigger filter,someone mentioned the FL1A but said it wouldn't fit because of the webbing on the engine block. also I would think it would hang down WAYYY to far and be in danger of being ripped off if you hit something with it.
Try a FL842
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The regular 910s seems to work fine, my oil is always clean after 5K
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The regular 910s seems to work fine, my oil is always clean after 5K
Yeah, thats the stock size. FL400 are the same but longer & the FL842 is shorter then the 400 & has a bigger diameter.
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