lol!my philosophy, if you want less headaches, go with oem. This applies to many parts. You get better fit or less issues like you had. Introduce variables (aftermarket parts) and savings may be there, but performance may be less than desired.
That is one reason i use oem filters. Another reason is to get tiger-heli all wound up, since he may get a kickback from ebay when you buy the t-h fram 6 pack. :grin2: