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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-05-2015, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up MOPAR vs. K&N Oil Filter Comparison

I just did the first oil change on my TH with a Mopar filter and I have been previously inspired by filter comparisons on Youtube. It's amazing how widely the build quality can vary on the metal can type filters. With the exposed filter there is less to hide. Anyway, here is a comparison of the Mopar M0-349 and K&N PS-7026 which is a new filter design for 2014+ Chrysler engines. The K&N was $11 with free shipping direct from K&N, and the Mopar was $11 at my dealer.

I can say right off the bat that the build is different. The K&N is definitely not a copy with red filter media. The plastic molding is different thickness (thicker on the K&N). The ends of the filter are put together in different ways, the Mopar is glued (?) together whereas it looks like the K&N filter media is cast into the end piece. The center structure build and attachment to the filter is different, the Mopar is solid with a tight fit whereas the K&N has some play in the center structure and can be turned. The large o-rings appear the same.

Pleat count: Mopar 60, K&N 48 (!!)

I can't really comment on the filter media. The K&N has a "fluffy" look to it up close and is perfectly flat, where the Mopar has tiny ribs. Both Mopar filters I got have the dark stain on the media out of the box.

Any thoughts, observations, speculation, or other discussion is welcome! If you'd like to see any other picture or have me test something just say so. It's tough to say which looks better, especially with the different pleat count and different media.

The K&N p/n cross reference on the box is:
Champ Labs P1009
Luber-iner P1009
Chrysler 68191349AA
Mopar M0-349
Fram CH11665
Purolator L36296
Service Champ CF6296
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They look similar. I guess we'll have to wait for some 'scientific' tests to see which is superior. Thanks for posting!

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I have always found that the Champion Labs filters products are the best value. They make many filters for other companies oem and aftermarket
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Personally I'd go with the Mopar (more cleats is good , right ? ) K&N had a bad rep on a Dodge Cummins forum I was on , I did actually use their Oil filter for the Cummins without issue , But glad when I swapped it out for a Baldwin.

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Always use a filter that meets or exceeds OEM spec. Napa uses rebadged Wix filters that fit that criteria.
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What does google it: "Bob the oil guy" have to say?

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If the engine fails and the cause is due to lack of lubrication (as determined by the dealer) will K&N pay the bill? I'm not even saying the filter would have to be the cause but in the minds of the manufacturer it is a way out. I always stick with OEM filters while under warranty.
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Always use a filter that meets or exceeds OEM spec. Napa uses rebadged Wix filters that fit that criteria.
Or you can buy Champion Labs filters they most likey make the oem filter
http://www.champlabs.com/
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Maybe I will ask K&N what they say about engine warranty, and how they meet or exceed OE specs. I'm also curious to what particulate efficiency the media is.

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I am shocked to see it is made in Korea. When I had my Frontier with the 4.0L in it I ran K&N oil filters. And the same on the ex's Patriot with the 2.0L. They were both made in USA.

I am not a fan of the air filters from K&N. But I would like to see the results of the oil filter. Thanks for sharing OP.

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