Inside a FRAM PH6017A Motorcycle Oil Filter

  • By George
  • December 11, 2016
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FRAM PH6017A Motorcycle Oil Filter

I almost always use OEM oil filters in my vehicles and equipment and motorcycles I work on, but there are times when I need to buy a filter at my local department store. When that happens I don’t always have many choices and sometimes my only choice is a low end FRAM filter. Fewer choices are especially true when it comes to motorcycle filters. The FRAM Extra Guard line of oil filters is FRAM’s low end line, and within this line they make a PH6017A motorcycle filter which has many applications. All the FRAM Extra Guard oil filters for automotive/truck use use internal cardboard end caps, and I was curious if the FRAM PH6017A motorcycle filter is constructed in the same way, so I took one apart. The internal components of the filter as shown in the photo’s are a 49 pleat paper filter element with cardboard end caps, metal crush sleeve, nitrile drain back valve and a spring loaded bypass valve. I didn’t find any open seams in the paper filter element, and the cardboard end caps are glued on securely to the paper filter. There were no breaks or openings in the paper filter element or in the glued areas used to secure the cardboard end caps. The bypass valve seats well to the cardboard end cap and I didn’t see any openings where oil could bypass the filter paper. I did notice the action of the spring loaded bypass valve didn’t function as smoothly as the OEM Kawasaki filter #16097-0008 i disassembled in a previous blog, but nothing indicated the bypass valve would no operate correctly. In the past I opened up a  FRAM Extra Guard oil filter with 3000 or more miles and I noticed the cardboard end caps harden over time. I don’t know how long this takes or how it effects the filter performance. The FRAM Extra Guard filters are rated 95 percent efficiency for particles 20 micron (one micron is 1 millionth of a meter or 39 millionths of an inch) or larger in size using ISO 4548-12 testing method, and has a service life of 3000 to 5000 miles. They are designed for vehicles used in everyday driving, which means nothing extreme, and should be changed after 3000 to 5000 miles. The Extra Guard filters are designed to be used with conventional motor oil and not synthetic. I am not sure why, but I think it has something to do with the oil filter service life, since synthetic motor oil can be used for more miles between oil changes than conventional oil and that extra mileage can exceed the FRAM Extra Guard oil filter service life.

The FRAM PH6017A oil filter is not my first pick, but I think they perform as advertised. They are easy to find and are priced low, but they lack the performance and quality found in higher end and more expensive filters. I prefer sticking with OEM filters because I always find them to be better quality and have better performance. FRAM also makes a Tough Guard and Ultra Synthetic line of oil filters which perform better than the Extra Guard line, but cost more. Unfortunately, the FRAM PH6017A is only available in the Extra Guard line.

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FRAM PH6017A Bypass valve with the spring loaded valve depressed

Spring coil side of the FRAM PH6017A bypass valve.

Opposite side of the FRAM PH6017A bypass valve where the spring coil is located.

FRAM PH6017A nitrile drain back valve.

All the internal parts of the FRAM PH6017A oil filter. Starting top left to right: bypass valve, paper filter element with metal crush sleeve and end caps installed, outer oil filter shell, drain back valve, base plate.

The FRAM PH6017A oil filter internal parts all put together the way they fit inside the filter housing. From let to right you can see the bypass valve, end cap, paper filter element, end cap, drain back valve.

The FRAM PH6017A paper filter element with end caps and bypass valve attached. I was trying to show how no light can shine through any area where the bypass valve attached to the end cap, but the flash on the camera makes it more difficult to see. Trust me, the bypass valve sealed well against the end cap.

The FRAM PH6017A paper filter element and end caps. The paper filter has 49 pleats and I think they used a metal clip to secure the seam created from joining the two ends of the paper filter element, which you can see in the photo.

The FRAM PH6017A paper filter element and end caps.

The FRAM PH6017A metal crush sleeve inserted into the paper filter element. I don’t think you remove the metal crush sleeve without damaging the end caps.

The FRAM PH6017A paper filter element in between to adjacent pleats.

The FRAM PH6017A paper filter and end cap. You can see how well the glued the end caps to the paper filter element. I couldn’t find any breaks or openings where the end caps attach to the paper filter element.

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