yes i agree with you the oem filter is a good filter. from the article in the ref/faqs forum there are links to the science of how filter elements are manufactured and what passes thru them all of them, backed up by serious testing to see if the filters live up to the claims they make. it boils down to three types of filters. junk, good, and better. if you could get a better filter for half the cost of the good filter, that seems like a good idea to me. and we are not breaking the bank here! $12 for good vs $6 for a better filter. seems no brainier to me if i can take better care of my engine and it costs me less i am all in. just for the facts not costs which are insignificant for oil filters. it was also surprising to learn i could pay less for better, instead of more which it usually is the rule. you know the saying "get what you pay for" better for less does not happen often.
when i get a chance i will locate the thread i am referring to in the ref/faqs forum and post the title of it so anyone interested in learning about filters like i did right here, can read the thread if they choose and possibly learn a thing or two about filters just like i did. we can never learn enough because "the more we learn about the less we know of". thanks to the great articles i have come across here i have more "of" about oil filters. also thanks to you good people i have been informed it is ok to use the filter i asked about. thanks for letting me know.