Out of laziness, I'm just going to copy and paste my post from another forum.
Regarding the oil filter, I contacted Royal Purple to see if they will be offering an oil filter for the FL2055. Champ Labs manufactures oil filters for Royal Purple, K&N and bunch of other brands. The person at Royal Purple contacted Champ Labs about this is his response:
It looks like it's not a big deal and I bet Champ Labs, which makes like 80% of the world's oil filters, probably won't even begin making the FL-2055 oil filter any time soon.
"We are aware of the change that Ford made, but just recently we were informed by Ford that they are changing the spec back to the FL-500-S filter. They originally thought there were issues in the testing, but later found out that there was some injection system problems in their testing and that has all been rectified and they will be changing the spec back to the FL-500-S filter. We currently do not have the bulletin from Ford, all we have now is the Ford bulletin that introduces the FL2055 part number. You can continue to check back with me and when we get this bulletin I will be glad to forward it to you. If you have any other questions, just let me know. So if any of the Ford F-150 3.5 Turbos come in they can use the 20-500 filter."
I would be interested to see the comparison between the Royal Purple's innards and the Motorcraft FL-2055's innards since both filters use a synthetic medium, while everyone else uses paper. Thankfully O'Reilly sells the FL-2055 for $8 and not the $22 you'll pay at the dealer, but I'm going to go with the 20-500 Royal Purple filter.
Even more confirmation...
I had contacted O'Reilly about this issue and that the 2011 F150 FX2 doesn't have the 3.5 available as an option on their website. Apparently the database O'Reilly and their suppliers subscribe to is screwed up. So select Lariat, King Ranch or Platinum for now if you have an FX2.
Anyways, this is the notification O'Reilly received today from Motorcraft:
FORD AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR BULLETIN #11-049
To: (X) Motorcraft Warehouse Distributors
( ) Powertrain Distributors
( ) Motorcraft Battery Distributors
( ) Motorcraft Bulk Oil Distributors
( ) Accessory Distributors
Date: April 29, 2011
Subject: Stop Sale on FL2055 Oil Filter; Replaced by FL500S
Questions: Aftermarket Zone Manager
FL2055 REPLACED BY FL500S
FCSD has issued a Stop Sale & Return on the FL2055 Oil Filter for the new 2011 F150 EcoBoost engine.
· Ford Engineering Teams identified fit issues in using the FL2055, and have decided to discontinue this part number.
· The FL2055 has been replaced by the FL500S (Service Part Number AA5Z-6714-A/FL500S).
· Ford Dealership Parts Managers were notified of the change through DOESII message # 3593 on April 28, 2011.
· Ford Cataloging systems will be updated in the weeks that follow.
· The affected parts should be returned per the claiming instructions below.
RETURN INSTRUCTIONS / CLAIM INFORMATION:
WDs should to return all FL2055 Oil Filters (Service Part Number BU2Z-6731-A) as follows.
CLAIMS FOR THIS CONCERN MUST BE SUBMITTED BY June 1, 2011.
1. CREATE CLAIM THROUGH THE DOESII SYSTEM.
2. WAIT FOR PART RETURN AUTHORIZATION AND BARCODE RETURN LABEL BEFORE RETURNING
3. ONCE RETURN AUTHORIZATION IS ISSUED, RETURN PART TO SPECIFIED LOCATION.
PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON ALL CLAIMS:
SHIPPER NUMBER - (ACTUAL SHIPPER NUMBER)
COMMENTS = FADB #11-049
RETURN REASON CODE = GI
Edited by cobrapete, 03 May 2011 - 10:57 PM.