Originally Posted by SHOOTER22250
The Fram filter is the same as the Racor/Ford.
From what I understand the Fram is just a rebranded Racor. Fram decided the liability to use a non patented filter in these engines was not worth it so the made a deal with Racor to supply them.
Take a Fram & Motorcraft filter out of the box at Wally Workd and they are identical right down to the patent numbers on top. The only difference is the Fram is one dollar cheaper than the Motorcraft.
So last night I was in Wally World and stopped by the oil filter section for a side by side comparison. They had three filters that would fit the 6.0 liter.
- Fram CH9549 Standard filter offered by Fram
- Fram TG9549 Upgraded filter offered by Fram
- Motorcraft FL-2016 / Ford 3C3Z-6731-AB OEM filter
I compared Motorcraft to the ToughGuard, and they were identical. Same height, same end plates, identical numbers stamped on the endplates, except Fram had added their part number to the ToughGuard filter. There was no notible difference in the two filters.
Then I compared the Standard Fram CH9549 to the ToughGuard. There is a clear difference. The endcaps are different. The height isn't the same. And the standard Fram has no patent numbers on it anywhere. In the past, I've found genuine Racor filter in CH9549 boxes, clearly that is no longer the case.