Tempest AA48110-2 Airplane Oil Filters - No Box
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The Tempest AA48110-2 is a high-performance, affordable oil filter for your aircraft. Engine upkeep includes preventative maintenance and the proper equipment. Use the Tempest oil filters to extract harmful steel from your engine. Extend engine life and increase performance with the 48110 oil filter's magnetic filtration system, designed to attract even the finest steel debris. Installation nuts will not fall off with the Tempest oil filter. Its improved nut welds are reinforced and stronger than ever! The AA48110 boasts burst strength of 600 psi, which exceeds the APR 1400 standard by 50 percent. These filters are built to withstand the toughest conditions and maintain superior performance. The Tempest oil filters feature lubricated synthetic rubber base gaskets to ensure exact, proper torque during their installation. The Tempest AA48110 is easy to remove, designed for any handyman or advanced technician. Our affordable prices and high quality products will keep your engine running smoothly. Increase performance and reduce wear by investing in the best oil filters for your aircraft.
NOTE: To keep our pricing as low as possible for our customers, the Tempest individual oil filters no longer come in their own box.
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Tempest vs Champion Oil Filter Comparison
Tempest vs. Champion
By Bill Greenwald from Williamstown, MA on April 9, 2012
April 6, 2012
My buddy, an A&P/IA, and I invested in the experiment of cutting open two brand new oil filters, a Champion and a Tempest, to get a gross comparison between the two, and the results were very interesting. Here are some of the salient discoveries:
Packaging: The Tempest comes better packaged with the filter sealed in a plastic bag and a tight-fitting plastic cap over the threaded outlet of the filter, as compared to no bag and a poorly fitting cardboard cap found with the Champion.
Shell Construction: The Champion’s shell construction seems far better, with a more robust base plate and a 10% thicker shell than the Tempest. The overall “fit and finish” of the Champion shell was clearly better.
Spring and Seat: The Champion filter has a far more robust spring and rubber seat than the Tempest. Additionally, the spring and seat system found in the Tempest had no margin for error such that an extremely small error in any of the dimensions of the rubber seat, the “leaf spring” design of the spring, the can, the filter cartridge, etc would prevent the filter from getting a tight seal to the end plate inside the filter housing. The Champion’s sealing system is comprised of a robust coil spring, and a thick, beefy sealing ring, the combination of which allows for as much as a 3/8” of end float while still allowing for a good seal. As one cannot know if the seal is intact inside the filter when it is in use, or even after it is cut open after use, I would not doubt that many Tempest filter cartridges are actually not well seated, and oil is bypassing the filter element!
Filter Paper Area: The Tempest filter is advertised as having a greater number of square inches of filter paper than the Champion, but an actual measurement of the two lengths of paper proved otherwise! The Champion has 12.5% more filter paper than the Tempest! The quality of the paper was impossible for us to quantitatively evaluate, but they appeared similar in weight and texture and looked roughly the same under 70x magnification.
The Internal Magnet: Both my friend and I were very enthusiastic about the fact the Tempest filter has an internal magnet to help collect ferrous particles in the oil, but we were very disappointed to discover that it is so weak that we had trouble locating it in the filter! It turns out that it is part of the actual filter cartridge inside the housing, and is installed in the base of the cartridge under the strange “leaf spring” that holds the cartridge to the filter housing base. It is so weak that it barely can support a little 6-32 screw from falling off it. In my estimation, it is a great idea, but poorly executed by Tempest. There may be reasons that tempest made the magnet so weak that we are not aware of, but because it is so weak, we both felt that it was of little use.
Conclusion: Our gross anatomy dissection of the two filters leads us to believe that the Champion is a better filter, and we are both going to continue to use them, he in his A&P/IA business, and me on the Lycoming IO-360 on my Lake. Of course, this review isn't scientific at all, but it was impressive enough to me to decide to stay with the Champion even though I was going to switch to the Tempest.
Placed the order online on Tuesday morning, it arrived on Wednesday. Now that's fast! I have been using these instead of Champions b/c they have a magnet (although I've never seen anything on it) and they are less expensive.
By Mark from Cumberland, RI on October 26, 2011
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Tempest AA48110-2 Airplane Oil Filters - No Box
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Magnetic Filtration System – The Tempest Original filter has more media area (311square inches) than any other aviation oil filter. An internal magnet, designed to attract fine steel particles to small to be caught by the filter media that can be harmful to the engine, effectively increases the filtration performance of the filter.
Improved Nut Welds – Nut welds are so strong that the can will distort without breaking the welds! During production testing nuts are actually ripped away from the can – the base metal must fail, the welds must not (see photo). Using Tempest Original filters means no more frustration with installation nuts falling off.
Meets TCM bypass Specification of 12-14psi, reducing risk of premature bypass that can result in unfiltered oil flowing to your engine.
Burst strength of 600 psi – Significant improvements to the roll seam process used on the bottom of the can substantially improved the design burst strength of the Tempest Original oil filter to over 600 pounds per square inch, exceeding the ARP 1400 standard by 50 percent. Extra strength gives added assurance that Tempest oil filters are made to withstand the harshest operating conditions.
Non-Stick Gaskets – Tempest Original oil filters incorporate especially lubricated synthetic rubber base gaskets made from a proprietary compound. This helps insure proper torque during installation and easy removal.