Don't want to sound disrespectful or offend you bismic but, how do you know them to be the same. I've heard about other brands claiming to be a direct OEM replacement only to find later that they are not. Just want to be 100 % sure on my end. Thanks!
Do what I did - Buy one of each and put them next to each other.
Patent numbers - same
Dimensional measurements - Identical
Construction (parts and assembly) - same
Here is a start w/ the oil filter:
Make sure Oil filters are OEM style. Check:
1. One piece top (NO plastic cap adaptor)
2.Top is glued to the filter media
3. Patent numbers (below)
4. Felt gasket on bottom
5. Diameter - exactly 1.5"
6. Length - exactly 6.5" (excluding the 4 snap tabs on top)
7. Filters are stiff and resist any twisting motion
8. 52 or 53 pleats
9. Pleats are 11/16" wide and 6 3/8" tall
U.S. Patent 6.554.139 describes the filter components (the good stuff, made by the Parker-Hannifin Corporation).
U.S. Patent 6.086.763 refers to the front disk assembly (not quite as important - made by Ing. Walter Hengst GmbH & Co.).
Fuel filter patent info:
U.S. Patent 6.495.042 describes the HFCM filter component
The element in the engine compartment has: PA6-GF33 w/ number 58230-10-FF printed on it; w/ 1076 below it.
Racor made fuel filters have a white "Aqua-Bloc" media on the large HFCM filter (will-fit filters do not due to patent infringment). This extra media is what helps with water seperation and sediment seperation.