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Old 03-11-2009, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking at the dieselfilters.com site and the three different brands...Motorcraft, Racor and Prime Guard. Seems that I read that Racor makes motorcraft or is a direct replacement. I have seen Prime Guard filters on tractors and other diesel Motors. There are always plenty of bad reviews of aftermarket parts, Does Anyone have good reviews of Racor or Prime Guard?
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I was looking at the dieselfilters.com site and the three different brands...Motorcraft, Racor and Prime Guard. Seems that I read that Racor makes motorcraft or is a direct replacement. I have seen Prime Guard filters on tractors and other diesel Motors. There are always plenty of bad reviews of aftermarket parts, Does Anyone have good reviews of Racor or Prime Guard?
I use my local IH dealer & get Fleetgaurd from them (OEM).

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Can't go wrong with Fleetguard filters; I used them on my Cummins.

If you go to Diesel Filters,Additives,brake rotors, and brake pads for Chevy, Dodge and Ford Diesel Trucks you'll find that the prices are pretty reasonable.

Yes, Racor does make the Motorcraft filters. You can also get the Fram filters, if they have the patent numbers on the bottom of the filters. All the prices are roughly the same, so if you're under warranty, get the OEM stuff and be done with it, so Ford doesn't have an excuse to void your warranty.

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FIlters Filters Filters

Personally i wont use ANY FILTER Other then MOTORCRAFT OEM for my truck no sence in taking a chance.... Go to powerstrokehelp.com that guy has a bunch of videos he made and he gose over the reasons for OEM filters vs aftermarket.
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Racors are OEM. They make the oil filters for Motorcraft, IH and Fram Ch9549 and also make the fuel filters. Donaldson makes the air filter for Motorcraft.
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Personally i wont use ANY FILTER Other then MOTORCRAFT OEM for my truck no sence in taking a chance.... Go to powerstrokehelp.com that guy has a bunch of videos he made and he gose over the reasons for OEM filters vs aftermarket.
That's just it - International made the engine, and the Fleetguard is the OEM for International.

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Fram the same as the Motocraft OEM ?

I am having truble with beliving Fram is the same as or made by OEM..... I did an oil change before i left for the river (was in a binde) ford parts was closed so i was not able to pick up a filter so i went and grabed a FRAM, before i put it in i looked at the old OEM and the new FRAM, they were difrent sizes (slightly) ANd the Fram had this Funny plastic ring that i had to insert into the top of the oil filter housing to get the truck to accept the filter. Long storie short it made me very unconftruble on the drive out and when i got to the river i went over to ford and picked up a Motorcraft filter, pulled the funny plastic thing out and tossed the Fram filter in the trash even though it was only 350miles old.. So for ME personlay i would rather spend an extra buck or two and get the OEM and never have to think (maybe this after market filter is scre*in things Up) thats just me... I mean if you got the Cash to buy a 50K truck then why skimp out on filters and oils ? That just dont compute to me...
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Racor makes the OEM fuel and oil filters for both International/Navistar and Ford.
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So what is the ruling on the Prime Guard Oil Filter for the Powerstroke?
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i buy my fuel filters off ebay the dealers are asking way to much for a paper cartridge. i saw all the motorcraft videos and matched the 20 dollar fuel filters i purchase threw ebay and they are a exact copy of motor craft they are the same hieght and have the slit on bottom for air to bleed out ive been using them over 7 years without any issues . oil filter i purchase threw pepboys 13 bucks made by puralator i again matched it up with a motor craft filter same hieght and no issues
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A...so far I havent seen any reports on prime gurard o/f. Certainly cost ALOT less. Apparently meet oem specs, but made in china. Im not tempted, but others may be ?
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I am having truble with beliving Fram is the same as or made by OEM..... I did an oil change before i left for the river (was in a binde) ford parts was closed so i was not able to pick up a filter so i went and grabed a FRAM, before i put it in i looked at the old OEM and the new FRAM, they were difrent sizes (slightly) ANd the Fram had this Funny plastic ring that i had to insert into the top of the oil filter housing to get the truck to accept the filter. Long storie short it made me very unconftruble on the drive out and when i got to the river i went over to ford and picked up a Motorcraft filter, pulled the funny plastic thing out and tossed the Fram filter in the trash even though it was only 350miles old.. So for ME personlay i would rather spend an extra buck or two and get the OEM and never have to think (maybe this after market filter is scre*in things Up) thats just me... I mean if you got the Cash to buy a 50K truck then why skimp out on filters and oils ? That just dont compute to me...
Sounds like someone switched filters in the boxes. I have a dozen of the Frams on my shelf and they are identical to the M/C's and I/H's to include the patent numbers.
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just did an oilchange and easy as hell but was a 50/50 crap shoot on if it was a ford filter or aftermarket i went with it being a ford one because its an 07 didnt think theyd toss the ford cap was wrong, and it was after hours so couldnt get the proper filtercap ended up a buddy calling in a favour and his friend opened up there UAP store bought there cheap filter and installed it untill i can get the proper cap

couldnt reuse the old filter when unscrewed it seperated from the cap leaveing a gap which would mean unfiltered oil in the engine


if one of these "cheap" filters ever seperated between normal oilchanges how would you know ? you wouldnt so id prefer to spend a couple extra bucks and a filter that fit snug in the oilhousing.
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I stick with the motorcraft ones i saw the video from powerstrokehelp and makes sense he shows the collapsing filters and how the good aftermarket ones are different heights for a few bucks a will stick with the ford filters.
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Watch the video in my signature line and then decide on which filter. Why take a chance on damaging an engine over something as cheap as a oil filter or fuel filter.
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