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Old 12-30-2020
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Looking for opinions on what fuel filters to use. I used to always use Baldwin filters and now with the 2018 I know Fleedguard probably are best but what brand is OK to use. Baldwin were always rated very good, some years ago, but after looking on line I'm even more confused. Looking for opinions and yes I know Fleetguard are the best. Just concerned on price. I'm at 25000 miles so I'm due if not now soon.
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Just my opinion Fleetguard is as good as it gets, having said that Geno's has a pretty good deal on Mopar brand filters....I have always considered an OEM filter with the correct part number to be good as it needs to be. They sell Fleetguard too.
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Fleetguard here too.
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Just my opinion Fleetguard is as good as it gets, having said that Geno's has a pretty good deal on Mopar brand filters....I have always considered an OEM filter with the correct part number to be good as it needs to be. They sell Fleetguard too.
I might be wrong, but...
Aren't the MOPAR filters repainted Fleetguards??
Thought I read that somewhere.
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I don't know if they are, could be.
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I know it's an expensive fuel system to repair. That's why I asked the question. I think as you said the Mopar are just re-badged Fleet-guard, just paying quite a premium for the Mopar name. I also think I can get the motor side filter from Cummin's quite a bit cheaper than from Mopar. It's the water separator that I don't know if there is an alternative. I don't think Cummin's carries same as far as I know. I know on my 5.9 Ram Mopar wanted $45-60 per filter yet the original Fleet-guard was $12 at the Cummin's dealer. That was why I went to the Baldwin's as I could get them reasonably priced and the quality was as good as or better than the Fleet-guard. I don't know if that still holds now....and if not, there are many on E-bay but but I question their quality and am totally not sure of their quality but they are substantially cheaper.
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Mopar filters are not rebadged Fleetguard. Fleetguard is an entity of it own and does not manufacture filters for anyone but itself.

Mopar filters are made by Wix.

Now to Baldwin being the superior option. A few years ago Fleetguard did a study with fuel filters, fuel strainers, water separators and oil filters. Baldwin did not meet Cummins OEM specifications.

https://www.cumminsfiltration.com/si.../LT36580_0.pdf
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Thank you Max. That was the info I was looking for. I do know at one time many thought that Mopar were just re-badged Fleet-guard. Glad you cleared that up. The Fleetguard/Cummins chart was very interesting. I worked as a facility manager for a suburban school district and the Baldwins were highly rated and we used almost exclusively those filters at that time in all our buses in the fleet (75+diesel & gas) (1990's era) and therefore that was where I was coming from with my question. As all thing, go times and quality change. Are there any other filters rated as good as or better than the Fleet-Guards or MoPars or am I better off sticking with them. Also are the Wix filters the same as the MoPar's or is there a difference in them as I have a local supplier for the Wix filters. I know sometimes manufactures make contract items that are to the buyers specs and other times they just re-badge items for a fee.

Nor trying to be a pain, just trying to get the most bang for my buck and to be safe for my usage.
Again thanks so far.
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Find a Kenworth dealer. They sell Fleetguard filters cheaper than Cummins themselves. They buy filters by the truck loads. Stick with the Fleetguards with anything Cummins related. Never had any problems with them and have customers 100s to million miles plus using them.
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