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Postby hemidude13 [OP] » Jan 07 2012, 2:26am

Hi i use a napa gold 7060 oil filter on my 5.3 v8 but i am looking for a larger capacity oil filter? longer maybe? to hold more oil, anybody out there use a bigger oil filter?
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Re: larger oil filter

Postby EKinMN » Jan 07 2012, 2:45am

You don't want to do that. If you go longer, it's too easy to catch the filter on something, even a stone or something could more easily hit it, off road or not.

I know the filter seems small, but these engines are not hard on oil. The OEM size and shape are perfect, and do a fine job filtering the oil. just make sure you are going high quality; Amsoil, Purolator, or AC Delco.
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Re: larger oil filter

Postby Mr. Horsepower » Jan 07 2012, 3:30am

hemidude13 wrote:Hi i use a napa gold 7060 oil filter on my 5.3 v8 but i am looking for a larger capacity oil filter? longer maybe? to hold more oil, anybody out there use a bigger oil filter?


I had been wondering that also. I recently did my first oil change on the new truck and it took me 30 minutes to get the damn thing off. Whatever machine or person put it on at the GM plant must have really torqued it down. I ended up having to drill a hole in it (oil now everywhere) and make the first 1/4 turn after jamming a screwdriver through it, then bash it a little with some channel locks. What a mess.

The whole time I kept thinking, man if this thing was like 2 inches longer I could really grab it. I have big hands and that oil pan is kind of in the way ;). Hopefully the one I put on comes off a little easier!
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Re: larger oil filter

Postby EKinMN » Jan 07 2012, 3:37am

My first oil change was the same way. Some monstrous ape must have put that filter on! The next one will be way simpler for you; mine was. Although, there is value in draining the oil from the filer before unscrewing it. Pop a small hole in it with your screwdriver right on the lowest point, and let it drain. Then, when you are unscrewing it, if it tips there is nothing to spill. Also, fill the new filter with fresh oil before you put it on. You will get oil into the engine much more quickly.
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Re: larger oil filter

Postby Mr. Horsepower » Jan 07 2012, 3:55am

Good tip on letting it drain first, thanks. I did spill a little bit on that crossmember and I felt like it was my truck's first scar lol. Probably went through 4 old t shirts trying to wipe it off
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Re: larger oil filter

Postby lowrider » Jan 07 2012, 6:17am

The NAPA filter coverts to a Delco PF48. The Delco PF63 is a longer filter that will fit, has similar specs and IMO will substitute for the smaller filter.

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Re: larger oil filter

Postby evensteven3 » Jan 07 2012, 6:48am

I have been using the longer filter for a long time now and no problems but way easier to grab to get it loose
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Re: larger oil filter

Postby quickdrraw » Jan 07 2012, 7:19am

what is the advantage of a longer filter besides the obvious more oil in filter and size?
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Re: larger oil filter

Postby EKinMN » Jan 07 2012, 2:38pm

I assume that people are thinking that a bigger filter means more filtering material and cleaner oil. Also sounds like people want to be able to grab the filter more easily. To that last point, I have one of the old strap-type filter wrenches. It works just fine. You can also buy one that fits over the end of the filter. Or, you can a filter (K&N, I believe) that has a bolt welded on the end so you can put a wrench on it to easily remove the filter.

Just throwing some options out there...

And yes, I have also seen the PF48 --> PF63 swap. They fit and operate fine. But functionally, I doubt there is a significant difference in filtering capability.
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Re: larger oil filter

Postby 6Sixathome » Jan 07 2012, 2:57pm

IMHO, I would just use what it calls for in the owners manual when under warranty. Who knows what could happen and why if there is an issue.
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