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Posts: 12From: ShamongRegistered: Nov 2006
400iprancer
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Sunday, February 04, 2007 4:04 PM

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Most Ferrari's use the same oil filters, either one or two depending on the engine. The price for UFI or Burton filters is typically quite high, $40 or more. I initially thought that the high cost was due to the check valve since they are installed inverted and they must not drain when not running.

Yesterday I cross referenced the part number and found that a VERY common filter used on many Fords is the same filter, including the internal check valve. Now this may be heresy but why not use a common but high quality $7-10 oil filter instead of the high priced ones? UFI filters from the 1980's may have been 'high quality' for the day, but all of the good filter manufacturers have upgraded their designs for multi-layered filtering and low pressure drop. They have kept up with the higher quality oil of today versus what was available 20+ years ago.

Any comments or recommendations on using a common name brand filter? I can not see putting NAPA Gold filters on my Ferrari even though they are made by Wyx, a good manufacturer. However, other name brands like Purolator make very good filters. I've been told that Fram are no longer top quality and living off their name.

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Ken
1984 Ferrari 400i
1969 Lotus Elan +2 with Cosworth BDR
1992 and 1994 Subaru SVX
1977 Yamaha RD 400


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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
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Sunday, February 04, 2007 4:28 PM

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If we're talking about Fram 2804, I use Baldwin B253 instead. Heavy duty filter available from their distributors, and about $8 each last time I bought a case of six. I've heard that although the Ford filter fits, it doesn't have the burst strength needed for the high oil pressure Ferrari engines develop.

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Posts: 12From: ShamongRegistered: Nov 2006
400iprancer
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Tuesday, February 06, 2007 9:27 PM

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Bill
Yes, I heard Baldwin are good filters for this application. (I said Burton but just got name wrong). I thought price would be higher. I will look for a local distributor. I did not think about the pressure; I was concerned about quality of filtration, but bursting a filter would not be fun!

There is a Purolator filter that supposedly is for the Ferrari application.
Thanks for input.
Ken

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Ken
1984 Ferrari 400i
1969 Lotus Elan +2 with Cosworth BDR
1992 and 1994 Subaru SVX
1977 Yamaha RD 400


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Posts: 53Registered: Jan 2003
enjoythemusic
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Friday, February 16, 2007 7:43 AM

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Ken,

Search online for the Baldwin as it can EASILY be found for $12 or so. i buy them 6 at a time for around $10 each or so. The Fram and others are disasters!!! Only other decent oil filter is the UFI, but then you get the opportunity of paying 'Ferrari' pricing so don't bother. The Baldwin is IMO better than the UFI, extremely durable, and easily handles the many hard use track days in the 308 here.

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Steven

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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:21 PM

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I tried UFI once, lasted about 30 seconds and the sealing gasket blew. What a mess. Understand there was a production problem and the matter has been corrected, but I'm not experimenting.

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Posts: 7From: IthacaRegistered: Aug 2006
kerrywittig
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Friday, July 10, 2009 5:33 PM

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I stumbled across this old thread. And so here is the $64,000 question...............

Is there a substitute filter for the UFI brand on an '87 Testarossa?

Kerry

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