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Does anyone know if there is a difference internally between the old style FL-1995 and the new FL 1995-A?

I saw a good sale price on the web for the FL 1995’s which is what I’ve been using but now when entering year, model, engine - it says does not fit your vehicle. All the new ones at Walmart are now the 1995-A’s Thanks!

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Internally, I have not disassembled both the older FL1995 and its newer Rendition to inspect the internals. However, I have comparative Blackstone oil tests that indicate that in my unit there is negligible difference in the filtration performance of the two 1995 versions.
In some data bases when one part is upgraded its preceeding number is deleted, vehicle specific searches won't see it and they default to " part does not fit vehicle " when asked to match.
 
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The way I interpret the available online information is that the MotorCraft filters are made by Purolater of North Carolina. However, information on Purolator indicates that they make filtration products for or in many countries. In today's world there are many cross bred products. Made in the US as others have noted doesn't necessarily mean designed, specified, inspected, assembled or even sold in the US.
It's simple, the price of FL1995 filters has remained stable for more than 20 years. Yet inflation has marched on yearly, the only way that happens is mature markets with high consumption saturation and a cheaper than original manufacturing process, typically moving some process off USA.
We all know this but how important is it in this case? It's resultant part quality effectiveness that matters most. Does any reader have any test data that supports an opinion that the offshore 1995's are under performing? That, would be helpful.
Other choices, buy filtration form other sources of proven USA products and expect to pay more that Amazon or Wal-Mart prices.
I would recommend that a user run an oil change cycle with the filter and get their oil tested. High test result silicon would be an indicator of poor filtration of oil and or air filter. Make a data driven decision based on testing.
If I had test data indicating that the current 1995 underperforms I would just pay more for another filtration product. Of all the price -value choices I have faced with this truck oil filters are pretty cheap, even the non-Motorcraft.
The data I have from Blackstone testing, with an AIS air filter, indictates that there is negligible performance difference when the latest FL1995 to Filtration going back almost 20 years.
 

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I found this from another forum from a year ago:





Oneof6, my intent is to return for a refund, supposedly it already shipped and arrives today. I wish I knew more about the oil system and whether it’s worth the gamble to run one, and do a sample through Blackstone to verify filtration. My concern is not just the old versus new style but will the counterfeit function correctly.
Am I correct that the oil filter base on our trucks has a built in bypass, that should the filter become restricted, oil is still routed through the engine around the filter?
And I guess another issue is that our oil is pumped to the HPOP to be used for the HEUI injectors.
Thank you for your thoughts- Glenn
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OK, a goal of mine is to feel good about my unit and enjoy it, especially tinkering with it. I recommend that practice. If a practice makes one more comfortable, that's what they should do.
For me on this subject FL1995 vs FL1995-A filter element for me to be comfortable with my practice it takes data. I have a massive Excel file with event and mileage logging of every maintenance, repair and modification done on my unit dance new, now 20+ YO.
Since new in April 2002 I have used a non-oem filter once, have only used Rotella 15w40 oil, performed every oil change myself and change oil and filter on average every 4000 miles. In 268K miles, with biannual oil testing if not more often, that's a lot of changes, and data.
Of the categories which would indicate poor air and or oil filtration, primarily silicon, my unit is unusually low, always has been and has not changed as the MotorCraft filters have transitioned from FL1995 to FL1995-A, which is the Ford part # with the "-B " suffix.
That's enough data in parallel with successful operation, to satisfy both my occupational sense of mechanical order and pernickity personality.
The practice I use may not satisfy others, and that's OK. Everyone should enjoy their unit their way. I hope that my testimonial will help some be comfortable and confident. I have posted oil testing data before so unless requested I won't do it every time this comes up.
If it doesn't quite achieve that comfort level for other users I hope that all users will begin to get there by record keeping and regular oil testing of whatever they do use. But we should all have fun with it.

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I received two of these filter just today from Amazon via UPS and opened the package to discover that they were FL-1995-A filters. They appear to be genuine, with the same markings on the box as posted above.

The datamatrix code also is correct and comes up with the part number and UPC. The filter itself has a stick-on label. The bottom of the filter can has a date code 081122F1 with 815689 (part of the UPC) and a time code of 0 8:56 below that. These are etched in the paint and fairly faint.
I believe these are genuine Motorcraft filters. I have a hard time believing a counterfeiter would go to that much trouble.

I'm inclined to believe that the Made in China notation by Amazon is wrong. It's not the first time that Amazon has put out incorrect information.
I have looked at FL1995-A filters at O'Reilly, Wal-Mart and Tractor Supply, all have the same light printing labels, compared to the older FL1995, and boxes.
Earlier this year when filters and Rotella was hard to find I bought future oil change oil and filters when I found them wherever I found it. I also think, for this particular part that they are OEM and the cartons and filter paint lettering are common across vendors including Amazon.
 

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Nick, I am sure that the new 1995-A filter meets all of Fords specifications as far as the micron rating and the GPM among other ratings.

The problem come up when there are counterfeit 1995 and 1995-A filters out there on the WWW that are being sold for much less than the factory ones.
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Ford, like many OEM's specifies that all Motorcraft spin on ftrrs meet SAE USCAR-36 as a minimim standard, not an absolute.
Filtration is a manufacturing compromise; a media filtration % restriction of 100% is a blockage. Consequently, manufacturers select a filtration media rating < 100% with intended compromise, micron rating low enough to filter acceptably for the service but not plug and force bypass too early in their recommended oil change miles/time schedule.
There are filter manufacturers with very tight filtration media micron numbers, like AMSOIL and even FRAM. Not necessarily a good thing, especially in a diesel engine. One could, by excessive filtration %, screen out important additives. Again the compromise.
So how is the average user to sort out what to use? Best way is to use a product approved by the OEM and in parallel proven by actual service in thousands, if not millions, of users. The Motorcraft FL1995-A meets that description.
As a back up, users should get regular oil testing; from silicon, iron and insoluables one can make a data quantified decision on many important things regarding oil and air filtration performance.
This "Counterfit" scenario of FL1995-A filters has not been proven. It's a Boogy Man so far.
In the last year I have purchased the FL1995-A from 3 different places, Wallmart, O'Reilly and Tractor Supply, all the same. I still have 7 on my shop shelf. I am satisfied. Were I someone that was not I would do this; go to an official Ford Dealership and buy a FL1995-A over the counter, then go to Wallmart buy and compare FL1995-A Filters and boxes. Then if there is any doubt just buy filters from the Dealership.
 

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Hard to say....... too many discrepancies for my liking between the sellers reference “made in China”, to the screwed up time stamp and no colon between the hours and minutes for what is supposed to be Genuine Motorcraft. I Returned them to the UPS store yesterday with the Amazon return code and was immediately notified of full reimbursement on my email. When I first started this thread I had no idea it would open such a can of worms, but believe it was good to get all the relevant information posted from members in the know as it did.
Always room for civil discussion, and the right quality parts are critical for essential and regular maintenance. If one were not concerned with that they are likely to be stranded at some point.

So a summary of what I believe has been established is;

1. That a OEM FL1995-A Spin-On filter is a good quality design OEM intended SAE-USCAR -36 filter with a proven track record in our 7.3's.

2. One should favor the Ford dealerships or " brick and morter " sellers, like Wallmart, Tractor Supply, O'Reilly, Advance and NAPA over online Amazon / Ebay purchasing as a proactive method to prevent purchase of "counterfit" parts.

3. That there are oil testing measures to quantify how well ones oil and air filtration is actually working.
 
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