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My 2017 GT350 was built prior to 2/17 and therefore came with a spin on oil filter. I'm considering buying and installing the canister filter conversion kit. If anyone has already done this, I'd love to know how difficult this conversion is.
 

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I posted on the GT350 group on FB so if I get a response there I'll post it here as well.
Thanks Bob, will be interested to see which filter mine comes with...if I'm understanding correctly it should be the canister type (build date of 9/12/17). I'll post once it arrives.
 

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Yes, it should be a canister type. BTW, I ordered the conversion kit from JEGs this morning. $419.99. Ford Performance told me that they will likely not ship until the end of October. Then to Ford to get it installed.
 

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Yes, it should be a canister type. BTW, I ordered the conversion kit from JEGs this morning. $419.99. Ford Performance told me that they will likely not ship until the end of October. Then to Ford to get it installed.
Awesome let us know how it goes.
 

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Yes, it should be a canister type. BTW, I ordered the conversion kit from JEGs this morning. $419.99. Ford Performance told me that they will likely not ship until the end of October. Then to Ford to get it installed.
Ouch, sorry to see the expense...would have thought it was less that that!!
 

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I think you might be able to find it for a few bucks less if you look around although not everyone is carrying it yet.
 

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I think you might be able to find it for a few bucks less if you look around although not everyone is carrying it yet.
Hey Bob, I've read about Ford sending out the oil filter wrench to new GT 350 owners, was this for the prior or current filter removal? Just wondering if I should be expecting anything?
 

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It was for the spin on filter. The canister needs a 1 1/16 socket, if memory serves me correctly. FYI, I saw a video on how to change the canister filter on you tube.
 

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It was for the spin on filter. The canister needs a 1 1/16 socket, if memory serves me correctly. FYI, I saw a video on how to change the canister filter on you tube.
Thx Bob for the confirmation, what I thought but wasn't certain. I did see the you tube vid so s/b good to go!
 

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This morning the canister oil filter conversion adapter arrived. I'll be making an appointment next week at my local dealer for installation.
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Nice and thanks for sharing Bob. My new filters (canister type as shown in your pic above) just arrived yesterday. OEM and not very expensive...surprised at how small the diameter is as compared to the canister replacement for my Carrera. Wondering if that's for increased oil flow?
 

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Hi HotLap. Don't know for sure but I bet they're about the same. Here's a pix of the spin on and canister filters side by side. The central hole looks to be about the same size.
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I think anyone with a Spin on filter should politic Ford for a Canister Replacement. If spin on’s are indeed loosening under engine vibration (why Ford sent the wrench...) and probably changed production to Canister type, I think Ford should contribute?
 

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There isn't any thing wrong with the spin on oil filter as long as it is torqued to specifications and you oil the gasket on installation just like the owners supplement says to do (not put on dry like one fool was telling every one the manual said to do)
 

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There isn't any thing wrong with the spin on oil filter as long as it is torqued to specifications and you oil the gasket on installation just like the owners supplement says to do (not put on dry like one fool was telling every one the manual said to do)
I believe that the supplemental information from Ford says that under track use, sustained high RPM, the spin on filters can loosen even if they are initially torqued properly. So the need to periodically check. Additionally if someone else does the installation you're left to wonder if they torqued the filter correctly. For me the bottom line is I just don't need the worry of getting stranded along some country road by a blown motor.
 

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I think anyone with a Spin on filter should politic Ford for a Canister Replacement. If spin on’s are indeed loosening under engine vibration (why Ford sent the wrench...) and probably changed production to Canister type, I think Ford should contribute?
If Ford does a recall at some point then people who have already paid for the conversion will likely be reimbursed. That's how most recalls work.
 

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They're not going to do a recall. And if Ford changes your oil and your filter comes loose its on them. Only thing I would remind them even though it says on filter what to torque it at that it needs torqued. Theres not going to be a problem tracked or not if torqued properly. Until the 2017's changed over to the canister filter all 2015-16-early 17's had the spin on. And if torqued properly with gasket oiled there were basically no problem (not saying there couldn't be a glitch where it did but a glitch could happen with the canister one also) Ford just protecting there butt from those that didn't put the spin on properly and therefore filter leaked.
 

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I've read more than one post about folks finding thier spin on filters beginning to loosen. Hard to know if the initial install was improperly torqued or not. But you got to wonder why Ford made the design change if the spin on was adequate. Maybe for the liability issue or maybe they discovered that in the real world the spin on just wasn't right for this engine.
 
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