With the acquisition of Honda's original oil filter manufacturer, Mahle has changed the beloved color of the Larger S2000/Acura RL filter to a baby blue color. For over 20 years we have been using ONLY Honda oil filters in the OG Blue color. As trivial it sounds the color made us look into finding our own factory to provide us the same style and color as the original Honda oil filter made by Filtech Tokyo Roki Inc.
Not only was the color changed, but the internal design was also changed by Mahle. The internal Oil Pressure Bypass Valve Spring is much weaker, thus allowing more unfiltered oil to pass through in the event of high oil pressure. Due to the fact Mahle purchased Filtech USA, we no longer have access to this superior design.
So we at Ballade Sports have found our own replacement that is more to the design of the OG Filtech design. The internal filter material, bypass valve spring design and anti drain back valve is all matched the same as the one used before the Mahle baby blue filter replacement.