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Since you're one of the few I know that has run the venturi combo filter (lf9027) from fleetguard, why do you like the full stratapore lf3974 better (the full-flow section of the VC is the same stratapore media)? IIRC, you also run a conventional bypass (oilguard?). If you did not have a conventional bypass filter setup, would you prefer the 3974 over the 9027, and why/not?
Just curious. I don't have a conventional bypass setup, and am considering using the lf9027, but other info could change my mind.
Thanks in advance...
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I still have the 9027 on my truck. I originally changed my oil and installed the 9027 and about 300 miles later recieved the Oilguard unit and installed it. BTW, I actually had the 9027 sitting on my shelf before I decided to go with Oilguard. Anyway, the 9027 is still there because I havn't gotten to oil change time yet. The reason I recommend the LF3974 is because the LF9027 is probably too expensive for most to consider so I tell them the next best thing. On the next oil change, I'm gonna use a LF3974 Since I already have a better bypass filter then the stacked disc type inside the LF9027. The reason is that I want to have a full flow filter that has the most full flow surface area. If I didn't have my Oilguard, I would keep using LF9027 since powerstrokeshop.com has a good price on them on their new filter website. Their price of around $13 isn't too bad for the LF3974 either. Cheaper than the $16 I paid for the LF3974 at the local IH dealer Friday.
I tell you what I don't understand, it's why people must have the Motorcraft filter? I mean, it's not a bad filter, but there isn't anything special about it. The Stratapore media filter from Fleetguard is, without a doubt, the most superior filtration on the market yet still maintaing extremely high volumetric flowrates across the media. The only way other filter manufactuers can maintain similar flowrates as a fleetguard Stratapore filter is to increase the micron size of particles that can get through. Oh well, reminds me of that horse and water saying.........
ON EDIT: that new website by powrstrokeshop is saveonfilters.com