washable K&N air filters


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washable K&N air filters

Postby furnacedoc » Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:45 pm



Hello, I am considering using a K&N air filter that is washable on my 97 1500se wing. Has anyone used this filter before and do you think it is worth the cost $65. also mhow often do i need to clean it? Did it affect your gas nileage or inprove your bikes performance. ant pros or cons would be appreciated. See ya on the road



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Re: washable K&N air filters

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:23 pm

The cleaning process is far too much of a pain for me. You can read it here:

K&N Air Filter Cleaning Instructions

Thanks, for how often I change the air filter, I'll just put a new one in there.

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Re: washable K&N air filters

Postby MikeB » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:33 pm

Agreed. It is a pain to disassemble the bike and let it set for 24 to 36 hours open like that while the filter "drys naturally". An OEM filter passes more air than a set of GL1500 carbs can use anyway.
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Re: washable K&N air filters

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:35 am

K&N markets their filters as a big moneysaver, that the filter will "last for the life of the vehicle."

Of course, you have to buy the K&N Filter Cleaning Solution, the K&N Squeeze Oil and the K&N Spray Oil for the life of your vehicle as well.

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Re: washable K&N air filters

Postby skier » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:05 pm

I used K&Ns in my previous bike. I had installed jet kits in the carbs and needed to flow more air. Don't see the benefit on a bike with stock jetting. Yes, flows too much air.

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Re: washable K&N air filters

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:28 pm

I have one for a GL1500 that I would like to sell. Have a recharge kit too.

When I bought my bike I went to the dealership and bought an air filter only to find that there was a K&N in there. I couldn't return the filter so I removed the K&N.
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Re: washable K&N air filters

Postby MikeB » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:38 pm

When you reinstalled the OEM filter, I hope you still had the OEM Air Filter Housing Seals that had to be removed to use the K&N washable filer. Item #6 in the illustrated breakdown, PN: 17213-MN5-300
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Re: washable K&N air filters

Postby robb » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:27 am

Like cbx4evr, I bought a K&N filter for my 89 only to find it had one already. Run them in all my vehicles and have never had one go bad. Can have it out, cleaned and reinstalled in less than 2 hours. Big benefit is if you store the bike for winter and some critter uses it for a nest, all trash will remain on the filter and not in the carbs.

Have a very nice used K&N for GL1500 $25 shipped within USA.
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