K&N air filters


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K&N air filters

Postby t2oldbikes » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:00 am



Going to be doing some needed maintenance this winter. Wondering if it is worth it to go to a K&N air filter since it is not a great deal more than stock and shipping on my order will be free. Any noticeable improvement in air flow, performance or mileage?
I already have the items to deal with them on hand. Also wondering about fit after searching a couple comments on here.
Your input is appreciated.



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Re: K&N air filters

Postby SteveB123 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:09 am

I would think you'll get the best airflow without a filter at all.
I'd be much more concerned about it doing its primary job, which is filtering.

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/airfilter/airtest3.htm

Which apparently they don't do all that well.
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Re: K&N air filters

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:42 pm

I've never bought into the K&N hype. Took the one that was in my 1500 when I bought it out.
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Re: K&N air filters

Postby tfdeputydawg » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:10 am

Since this product must be cleaned and oiled at times, make sure you buy the right type of oil for it.
That would be SNAKE OIL

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Re: K&N air filters

Postby t2oldbikes » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:30 pm

Thank you for your input. I'm a bit surprised by the opinions so I'll go stock.

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Re: K&N air filters

Postby wingit11 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:15 pm

I have been running K&N in both of my 1100 and a 1200 with no problems. I have had the same 1100 now for 19 years and have close to 200,000 km on it. Just put one in my 1500 last summer. All I do is every spring I clean and re-oil it and it is good to go. Just do not over oil it. The K&N filter oil has a red dye in it so you can easily see if you have missed oiling any spots.

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Re: K&N air filters

Postby portugeezer » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:38 pm

I have one in my Magna and I like it! I don't think it does anything better than the OEM type but I like being able to just wash it and re-oil and install it. There is a bike salvage place near me. They sell used ones when they get them for about $10. I will eventually get them for both of my Wings through them.

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Re: K&N air filters

Postby bykerbiker » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:21 am

Hi I always install K&N filter for what ever I,m driving bike,car, truck and I have always found that a there is a small increase in MPG and of course if you read the instructions you will never need to renew it ,and cleaning if I remember is every 25000 miles unless you live or ride in a dusty area. The cleaning is not to much trouble so is if you look at the price of Honda filters and how often you change it the K&N is a much better buy and a better filter . Ride safe

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Re: K&N air filters

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:46 am

bykerbiker wrote:Hi I always install K&N filter for what ever I,m driving bike,car, truck and I have always found that a there is a small increase in MPG and of course if you read the instructions you will never need to renew it ,and cleaning if I remember is every 25000 miles unless you live or ride in a dusty area. The cleaning is not to much trouble so is if you look at the price of Honda filters and how often you change it the K&N is a much better buy and a better filter . Ride safe


Better filter?
I think if you do a bit of research around the internet you will find that they may be a better deal price wise but they are definitely not even close to being a better filter.You want to see how bad they really work check out some of the ATV Forums.
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Re: K&N air filters

Postby bykerbiker » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:02 pm

Sorry but I wouldn't class a Goldwing as an ATV they operate in some extreme enviroments

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Re: K&N air filters

Postby SteveB123 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:16 pm

bykerbiker wrote:Sorry but I wouldn't class a Goldwing as an ATV they operate in some extreme enviroments


No would any one else.

How is the K&N a better filter?
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Re: K&N air filters

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:49 pm

bykerbiker wrote:Sorry but I wouldn't class a Goldwing as an ATV they operate in some extreme enviroments


You are right it's not,but if your Wing runs in an environment that is that clean then why bother with a filter at all?Just think of all that airflow without any filter and all that extra hp(NOT).
The reason I mentioned the ATV Forums is that there are really good pictures of how much that actually gets through a K&N and the best part is that K&N actually sucks people in to buying a prefilter because the filter itself can't come close to doing the job.I'll try and post a link to the mess if anyone is interested.
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Re: K&N air filters

Postby goldminerusa » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:15 pm

It`s my long held thought that a filter not only removes bad stuff but also has a tendency to straighten the flow of air entering the plenum. As to air filters a k&n if the first improvement i make on every car, truck, bike that i buy. Paid $ 35. shipping incl. for one for my 82` 1100 last May, i think from Partsnmore.com. I have always gotten better mileage and performance and have saved i dont know how much $$ on my two cars, both i`ve owned 10 + years.

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Re: K&N air filters

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:10 pm



If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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