Again, the web page quoted is at:
"Car And DriverSF-1AThis filter is a Champion filter.
Average Retail Price $3 Cartridge Length 4.000 inches Cartridge Outside Diameter 3.250 inches Cartridge Inside Diameter 1.625 inches Cartridge Pleats 54 Cartridge End Cap Type Stamped-steel, with bypass valve Anti-Drainback Valve Type Nitrile rubber diaphragm Bypass Valve Type Spring-loaded steel, nitrile seal Element Type Paper media, glued seam Element Length 87 inches Element Width 3.875 inches Element Surface Area 337 square inches Shell Thickness 0.012 inches Backplate Thickness 0.102 inches Gasket Type Nitrile rubber"
Comments:This filter looks identical to the Toyo Roki-made JDM filter at first glance- externally the same construction, the only indicator is the "FILTECH" stamped on the outside (a large US manufacturer of filters under various brand names). Internally it's *almost* identical to the JDM filter- steel end caps, steel bypass valve. What makes it stand out as different is the radically different filter media. The material on the Japanese filter looked like the STP or Bosch units. The US media looks much, much worse than the Fram. The media is noticeably "fuzzy" with small fibers protruding out from every angle. While the filter itself is constructed very well (like the Japanese one), the furry nature of the media makes me question how long it lasts and what it will release into the oil system. It also has the least surface area of all the Honda filters (though only a few inches less than the Canadian one).
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