Kawasaki OEM Oil Filter 16097-0008

  • By George
  • December 8, 2016
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You can clearly see the epoxy holding the paper filter element together.

You can clearly see the yellowish, clear epoxy holding the paper filter element together. The epoxy is on both ends of the paper filter element.

I was told the OEM Kawasaki 16097-0008 oil filter is poorly constructed and allows motor oil to bypass the filter element through an opening between the filter element and bypass valve. In other words the bypass valve does not seat properly against the paper element creating an opening where oil can flow through. The person proved this by shining a light through the opening as proof motor oil will bypass the paper filter element. I have always found OEM filters to be well designed and constructed, so I took one apart to see for myself. The Kawasaki 16097-0008 oil filter is used on the Kawasaki 900 Classic, Classic LT and Custom and I just happened to have a used one lying around, so I grabbed it and took it apart. In the photo’s below you can see all the internal filter components, which consist of a paper filter element, drain back valve, spring loaded bypass valve, metal crush sleeve and outer oil filter body which is partially cut in half. When I inspected the paper filter element more closely I noticed clear epoxy or glue holding the filter paper together on both ends of the filter. I also noticed that light does shine through what appears to be a small space between the bypass valve and the paper filter element. However, the mistake is made in thinking this is an open space where liquid can flow through. The light is shining through the clear epoxy which rests in between the paper filter element and the bypass valve making it appear as an open space. So, no, there is no space between the bypass valve and paper filter element where motor oil can bypass the filter. The filter should function the way it was designed to.

Kawasaki charges $14 for this oil filter which I think is overpriced.  I was a little disappointed with the filter construction and expected to see metal end caps on the ends of the paper filter element like other expensive oil filters. However, I think the filter will do its job, but at a higher price. I would like to look inside a FRAM PH6017A oil filter, which is a FRAM replacement motorcycle filter for the Kawasaki 16097-0008 oil filter on a Vulcan 900 Classic LT. Its only $6.89 on Amazon and is usually available at your local Walmart store for $6.49. I will be doing that in the near future.

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Here you can see the light shining through the clear epoxy making appear that there is a space between the bypass valve and paper filter element.

Here you can see the light shining through the clear epoxy making it appear like there is an open space between the bypass valve and paper filter element where oil can flow through.

The silicon drain back valve and where it fits over the metal crush sleeve

The silicon drain back valve and where it fits over the metal crush sleeve

Spring side of the spring loaded bypass valve

Spring side of the spring loaded bypass valve

Bypass valve opposite the side with the spring.. This side fits into the paper filter.

Bypass valve opposite the side with the spring. This side fits into the paper filter element and metal crush sleeve.

Paper filter element with the metal crush sleeve inserted into the filter.

Paper filter element with the metal crush tube inserted into the filter.

All the oil filter components laid out. Upper left to right: bypass valve, paper filter, outer upper steel body half, drain back valve, crush sleeve, lower steel body

All the oil filter components laid out. Upper left to right: bypass valve, paper filter, outer upper steel body half, drain back valve, crush sleeve, lower steel body

End of the paper filter element. Notice the yellowish clear epoxy.

End of the paper filter element. Notice the yellowish clear epoxy.

The bypass valve fits inside the paper filter element and metal crush sleeve

The bypass valve fits inside the paper filter element and metal crush sleeve

Bypass valve fully inserted into the paper filter element.

Bypass valve fully inserted into the paper filter element and metal crush sleeve.

The blue drain back valve. It had GIB4 coined in the silicon.

The blue drain back valve. It had GIB4 coined in the silicon.

Counted 44 pleats in the paper filter element

Counted 44 pleats in the paper filter element

Depressing the spring loaded bypass valve.

Depressing the spring loaded bypass valve.

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