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Yeaaaah I don't understand how the question and the response are here? I would only put a K&N in on initial fire up of an engine that has some serious work recently done. Run that for 500miles. Then drain and re-fill with what I prefer, non synthetic. Then go with a standard good brand 3-4$ filter. NOW! If you have 15 large in the engine? I'd be running a K&N all day long! Still I think they and there air filters are over rated and f'n pricey
 

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K&N oil filters are junk. Some organisations won't even allow them on track cars because they're prone to failure.

WIX, Napa Gold, or Honda OEM are all good filters
 

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K&N oil filters are junk. Some organisations won't even allow them on track cars because they're prone to failure.

WIX, Napa Gold, or Honda OEM are all good filters
I will second K&N oil filters being junk... My last two were leaking, as is the one I'm currently using. 10/10 would not recommend.
 

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I researched oil and filters a lot, it sounds like a lot of folks have cut them open and looked into the filter quality.

Brands I have heard recommended:
  • Honda OEM (15400-PLM-A02); at any given time it sounds like Honda might have multiple part #'s for our cars, often one made by a good/reputable manufacturer and another made by crappier ones (like Fram)
  • Mobil 1 (some say they are better than OEM) M1-110/M1-110A

Brands I have heard to avoid:
  • Fram, apparently very cheaply constructed inside
  • K&N (per comments in this thread)

Anything in the oil world is I think 80/20 (80% of the benefit comes from 20% of the expense/effort; you don't have to go super high end to get the benefits of better products). I think it's important to (a) buy good enough products and (b) do maintenance at reasonable intervals / don't miss oil changes.

The filters noted above are < $10 each, paired with a good oil you could probably change every 5,000-10,000 mi or something like once a year. Versus buying a cheap $4 filter, that's an extra $6/year to keep the oil system healthy. Seems more than reasonable to me. I feel the same way about the oil itself, you can get 5 qt of mobil 1 for $23 shipped on Amazon, or $5 more than some of the cheaper products. In total the additional cost of running quality oil and filter is $10-20 per year vs. running super cheap stuff. That cost can go even lower if you run an extended performance oil and stretch the OCI a bit.
 
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