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Long-Term Updates - January 2012

Auburn Ected In Use
Jerrod Jones | Writer
Posted January 1, 2012

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Pareto Point Industries Topdog V

We’ve had the Pareto Point Industries Topdog V oil filtration system on our ’04 4Runner for about 25,000 miles now. This system takes a portion of your oil and runs it through an ultra-fine secondary filter, giving you a grade of filtration (particles as small as 2 microns) unreachable by your standard full-flow oil filter. Thanks to the clever design of the Topdog’s oil filter sandwich adapter, no oil is sidestreamed or “bypassed” during this process, so you always have 100 percent of your oil flowing through the engine.

We noticed a small leak at the sandwich adapter from day one, and it recently had gotten much worse so we took the sandwich adapter apart to investigate. There are four ports on the adapter, two of which route oil to and from the remote Amsoil EaBp-90 bypass filter. We weren’t using the other two ports, so they were plugged. Inside the adapter, you can place optional rare-earth magnets that will catch and hold magnetic particles for further engine protection. It turned out that we’d accidentally placed one of these magnets partially behind a port plug. As such, the plug couldn’t be tightened far enough to prevent leakage.

The fix was an easy one. We removed the magnet that was behind the plug (several magnets are still inside) and re-installed the plug with a fresh layer of Teflon tape on the threads. For good measure, we re-taped the rest of the fittings. We also changed the adapter’s O-rings. Zero leaks. None. It’s bone-dry outside the adapter these days, which is just how we like it.

As for the Amsoil EaBp-90 bypass filter, we’ve changed it every 10,000 miles. The EaBp-90 can go for 12,000 miles between filter changes, but it’s easier to remember 10,000-mile increments. Our limited experience with local Amsoil dealers hasn’t been all that great, so we order directly from the Amsoil website most of the time.

We’re glad the oil leak is cured (our fault in the first place) and are confident that the Topdog V will make this Toyota’s engine last that much longer.

Good Shops Like RPM Deserve Recognition

About six months ago, we did some work installing a hydroboost brake system at Racing Performance Motorsport (RPM) in Huntington Beach, California. We were not near home, and were looking for a clean, friendly shop to take over for the day as we shot a story installing a hydroboost system. That’s when we ran across RPM and C.J. Banton welcomed us in, allowing us shoot pictures and slow up his progress while he went to work swapping a vacuum booster brake system to a hydroboost brake system.

RPM was an immaculately clean, professional shop that does a lot of mail order work, but also had the tools to handle our job or any other hop-up mod in the back of the building…and we totally neglected to mention them in the story on the hydroboost brakes! Our apologies, C.J.! We’re hoping you’ll forgive us if we put a blatant plug for your website——in this long-term update!

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