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Angry ATTN. wix 51348 oil filter

about 1,100 miles ago I put amsoil 20/50 and a wix 51348 oil filter on my bike.
i was always a little paranoid about not using a hd filter because I could never see the oil moving well in the oil bag. well for the last 300 or so miles of testing trying to get jetting set up and exhaust and baffles sorted out, I have developed a rattle in the lower end that I at first thought was a primary chain, and ajusted several times over the last 3 days and couldnt get the sound to go away. well the filter was always in the back of my mind, so I got in the car and made a 120 mile trip just to get a dam filter. swaped filters out and started bike up and can NOW see good movement of the oil, started raining so I wont be test rideing to day to see if my noise is still there, but if it was the filter not flowing well enough I would assume the noise is still there because the crank bearings and or rod bearing is proabaly toast!

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I have never understood folks using car filters on their bikes just to save a few bucks.
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Was the Wix filter sold to fit your bike, Or did it just fit so you screwed it on? If it was sold for your bike you may have legal recourse, If it was sold for a cars high pressure system then its your Bad.
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the 51348 is speced for some Harleys
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I have never understood folks using car filters on their bikes just to save a few bucks.
Me neither. Why do people think that some random filter will be better or more economical in the long term than a HD filter? I mean, its not a complicated or expensive item, why risk screwing your engine?

Same with oil really. I see people sticking all kinds of weird grades of oil in, like single grade in both holes. Why? What do they imagine they know that HD doesn't?
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I never see oil flow in the tank

About a year ago i put a Caterpillar filter on my bike and developed a rattle shortly after.

changed filters and the rattle was still there.

started thumping the pipes and found a loose baffle in the front pipe causing the rattle.

Also think about this for a second

The bypass in the filter operates at about 8 psi differential pressure.

As soon as the pressure exceeds 8 psi more on the outside of the media than inside it opens and the filter bypasses allowing all of the oil up the center without filtration and almost zero restriction.

I doubt the filter caused a problem.

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I have done a bunch of reading on here since I posted this and I might have another possibile answer:

could it be a front primary sprocket (compensator nut) backing off causeing the noise?

also I had to be getting some flow with the wix because it would raise the oil temp in the tank to 150 to 175 depending on how I drove it, in about 30 to 40 miles.
but it defenatly has better flow in the tank with the hd filter.
I noted when I switched them that the wix has a blue flat rubber, I assume anti flow back valve under the outside inlet holes in the filter and the hd filter does not have this flat rubber piece.
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51215 is the correct p/n for Wix's filter for Sportsters. It is a motorcycle specific filter.

51225 if you want it in chrome.
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I just saw that Wix does also spec the 51348 for all sportsters.

Sure its the filter and not a coincidence? If it really was the filter, Wix should owe you a new motor as all their literature specifies that filter for use on XL's.
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just thought of something, went fishing in the oil tank with a strong magnet, stirred all through the oil and drug it all over the bottom of the tank and did not get even one speck of metal, so that has to be a good sign right? iI would think if it were something as catastropic as a rod or crank bearing that there would be at least some small amount of metal carried to the tank by the oil?
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