Would you trust fram TG with them cardboard end caps????
Do you trust a filter with a cardboard(cellulose/fiber) element?
Yes I trust the Fiber End cap on TG..
I admit i used to be shocked when I first saw a FRAM cut open new.
However after many Fram TG and FRAM Extra Gaurds that I have cut open, I have never seen one that the fiber end cap was broke.
and the filter element was dirty so it did its job.
I mean if you cut open the filter and the filter element is nice and clean.... I mhats better???
a filter element that caught all the dirt?? or a filter element and design that let all the dirt go back into the ENGINE???
The fiber end cap can be superior to metal end cap in terms of bonding of the materials. If the fiber end cap is thick enough to resist deforming and with the better bonding it is a superior design.
I'd like to see Fram beef up their non-metallic end caps, more like what they do on the OEM Honda filters to ensure they do stay flat and ridged. I think that some people freak-out when they see a warped end cap on a Fram.
IMO, Fram's efficiency and debris holding is very decent for the 3 levels of oil filters that they produce (EG, TG & XG).