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Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:54 pm
by Slidin Gator
Lots of time on my hands, time for another oil change. I have the Champion Aerospace spin on filter kit on a IO-540.


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The replacement filter is overpriced at $28.50 from Aircraftspruce:

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/ ... -00909.php

A bit of googling and I find that the NAPA Gold 1515 is interchangeable. The only issue is that the Champion filter includes a male to male, 3-/4-16 (both sides) steel nipple. The Champion filters come with the male nipple pre-installed to screw into the adapter.

To use the Napa filter, you have to unscrew the nipple from the old filter. I had to use a big easy out, but it came out. I screwed it in to the filter by hand and put blue loctite on the longer thread (going into the aluminum adapter) and screwed the filter in extra tight. Hopefully the nipple stays in the adapter in the future so I can easily swap in the cheaper Napa filters.

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Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:22 am
by kwanjangnihm
SG I have run both the champion & tempest on my AV540. I had saved the link below in my oil filter notes. (comparison)
http://www.championaerospace.com/wp-con ... alysis.pdf

Micron filtration efficiency looks comparable, burst pressure is less than half for the napa unit.

NAPA 1515: Laboratory Test Performance per ISO 454812: 18 Grams Dirt (NAPA Gold # 1515), 99% Efficient At 23 Microns (Based On NAPA Gold # 1515, 1356, 7060) Burst Pressure 290 lb/inĀ²

Will be interested to see the inside of the napa unit after your first oil change :thumbleft:

Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:28 pm
by Slidin Gator
Thanks for the info Kwan. I have been running the Napa 1060 (13/16 Thread) on the Ghost boat, which is rated for 270 PSI burst. I mulled the pressure rating when I put the filter on and decided to go for it. No leaking filters to date, but I would want the overbuilt unit in the sky for sure. The Napa 1515 also includes a bypass valve. Champion puts them in some of the filters, but not the one I am replacing.

To start a comparison, I went ahead and cut up the old filter. It certainly appears to be well made.

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Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:14 am
by kwanjangnihm
Really good video on the NAPA & WIX oil filters. :salute:

Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:16 pm
by Slidin Gator
I got a chuckle when he said there is no metal in the Fram, just after he got done complaining about it already rusting.

I have run a lot of cheap filters, cheap oil and cheap gas through my vehicles over the years and usually I end up yanking the engine to reuse in some new project and junking the truck, so I am hard pressed to get too winded about the best oil filter on my truck. For the toys I will go at least mid grade.

Just got back from a run today, no leaking or blown out Napa filters on either boat.

Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:10 pm
by Gladesman06
I guess the guy in the video didn't know that a Napa Gold filter is a Wix filter. It's a Wix filter tagged and boxed for Napa. Also the only difference in there part numbers is removing the first number from the Wix to get the Napa Gold. I personally only use Wix of Napa Gold filters. I've had a Fram filter collapse on me before. I know it could happen with any company but I will never by Fram again.

Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:34 pm
by rick
Slidin Gator, did the Napa oil filter work out alright on your 540's?

Rick

Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:01 pm
by Slidin Gator
Yes sir, still running fine, both boats and filters out tonight. Might even find a few frogs if this wind will lay down, they are just starting to croak.

Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:23 pm
by rick
Appreciate the info in this thread.

Good luck with the frogs tonight.

Rick

Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:37 pm
by Slidin Gator
Your welcome Rick, glad it helps. I gotta comment though that it looks like the 2-12 packs you and your buddy went through this weekend sent you too deep into the weeds. I mean hell, you don't even have rigging, grass rake, rudders or an engine stand started and your worried about a $28 oil filter? :stirpot: :stirpot:

Just to settle things for you (so you can focus on important stuff), here is a picture after 15 hours of run time, no oily mess in sight. I try to keep oil pressure under 100 PSI during warm up for a lot of reasons, so a 2.7 safety factor on burst is plenty in my book.

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As for frogs, not so much. Halfway back to the ramp I looked down and my frog bag had come off the shoot, there was 1 frog left. Back at the ramp I had to swear that I had actually seen 8, stabbed 6 and 5 got out. Thank God I had 1 left so my no skunk streak is still good. :cheers:

Water is up, we didn't expect much going in, but still needed to get outa the house!

Re: Lycoming Spin on Filter Swap, Champion CH48110-1, Napa 1515

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:55 pm
by rick
Dang, that's bummer about the frogs.

I guess the $28 for the oil filter does seem a little out of line at this point lol. Main reason was that the 540 had a filter adapter, but no filter. It was taped off so I bought a $9.00 Wix to cover the hole a little better and looking for a reason to leave it on there and try it...which is what I'm gonna do now.

I don't mind the $28 bucks, but by the time you add shipping and a week or two to get it, the NAPA or Wix alternative don't sound bad as long as it works for the motor.

Thanks again.

Rick