K&N air filter


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K&N air filter

Postby bobbyjoe » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:00 pm



Something I've noticed,after installing a new K&N air filter in my 1500 wing I'm getting 3 to 5 more miles per gallon of gas.Now I have to admit the old filter I took out was very dirty and I'm not pushing this brand of filters so I guess what I'm saying is I should have replaced the filter long ago.And if your like me and keep up with your fuel mileage there is a site called Fuelly.com ,it's free and it keeps a running total of mileage,money spent on fuel,and a few more things.Just a F.Y.I. And I should mention I only buy fuel that's ethanol free.



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Re: K&N air filter

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:28 pm

I wish I could fine ethanol free Gas!! :(

Gary

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Re: K&N air filter

Postby Fiberthree » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:04 pm

bobbyjoe wrote:Something I've noticed,after installing a new K&N air filter in my 1500 wing I'm getting 3 to 5 more miles per gallon of gas.Now I have to admit the old filter I took out was very dirty and I'm not pushing this brand of filters so I guess what I'm saying is I should have replaced the filter long ago.And if your like me and keep up with your fuel mileage there is a site called Fuelly.com ,it's free and it keeps a running total of mileage,money spent on fuel,and a few more things.Just a F.Y.I. And I should mention I only buy fuel that's ethanol free.


I also installed the K&N filter and noticed the increase in mileage. However... There was an article that was brought to my attention about why the K&N flows more air. It boiled down to filtering out less dirt when compared to the stock paper filter. And although the tests were reported to have been conducted by an independant lab and totaly impartial, I couldn't help notice that the filter which seemed to be superior in many ways was manufactured by AC Delco, the same company that the reporter worked for. Not that I doubt the findings of the independant lab, its just a little odd which one was favored. I run 100% synthetic oil which I change every 5000 miles, and I also pay close attention to the color and texture of the used oil as it is being drained. I chose the 5000 mile point because that was when I could detect a slight change in the color of the oil. I don't think the K&N is a bad filter or that it is letting more harmful particles into my engine.
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Re: K&N air filter

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:45 pm

You might not think it's letting crap into your engine ,but it most likely is.There's lots of reading on lots of forums about how much they do let through.IMHO they have their place in racing apps. where the engines are torn down regularily anyway.I wouldn't have one in anything I own.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: K&N air filter

Postby bstig60 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:12 pm

K&N filters work fine as long as you keep them serviced properly. Keep in mind the oil is what catches the particles.........
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Re: K&N air filter

Postby tfdeputydawg » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:56 am

thrasherg wrote:I wish I could fine ethanol free Gas!! :(

Gary

http://pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=WA
It lists 3 locations in Seattle

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Re: K&N air filter

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:35 pm

Read this article and see if you still want to use the K&N in your bike:

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=16489#p89810

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Re: K&N air filter

Postby bstig60 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:52 pm

Interesting article. All I can say is my GW had a K&N in it when I bought it. I serviced it properly and put it back in. My Virago has a K&N filter in it as well. My XT600 has a UNI foam filter in it. All are serviced regularly and I have not had any problems to date. Neither my Virago nor my GW are ridden in dusty conditions. That is not the case with my Dual Sport, so that filter is serviced more often. Do we know what the Airflow in CFM is for the GW"s by model?


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