K&N oil filters?


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K&N oil filters?

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Had bought a bunch of Fram filters a while back, because they were cheap. I know many people say Fram filters are bad, but I never had any issues over the 2 years using them. Anyway, ran out of those, and since the time of my last purchase Fram has jumped up a lot in price. So, I decided to go with some K&N 401 filters. I've always heard that K&N filters are good, so I thought I was making an upgrade from Fram, but then someone told me (after ordering some) that they are bad filters for Goldwings. Not sure what to believe. Anyone been using K&Ns on their GL1100? If so, what are your thoughts?


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from all of the research I have seen, K&N is at the bottom of the list for cleaning efficiency.

https://www.nicoclub.com/archives/kn-vs-oem-filter.html
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Are K&N filters bad, no, are they anything special, no.
There were some issues a few years ago on the ones that had the built in nut failing at the weld point of the nut (mainly in northern areas that use salt, the salt collected under the nut, rusting away quickly).

Fram is fine, those that hate on them just display their ignorance.
They all have a story of an uncles friends sisters cousin that had a Fram issue.
Truth is all filters have an issue here and there, and with Fram being one of the largest manufacturers out there, the number of failures may be high, but the percentage is not.

I have had several issues with Purolator made filters in the past, and refuse to use them because of my personal experience.
I have never had a Fram issue (or issue with Wix or Champion labs filters).
I think K&N is now made by Purolator (I know it used to be Champ Labs).
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AZgl1800 wrote: Fri Dec 24, 2021 3:30 pm from all of the research I have seen, K&N is at the bottom of the list for cleaning efficiency.

https://www.nicoclub.com/archives/kn-vs-oem-filter.html
Seems like that is for air filters, I'm talking about oil filters.
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blupupher wrote: Fri Dec 24, 2021 3:36 pm Are K&N filters bad, no, are they anything special, no.
There were some issues a few years ago on the ones that had the built in nut failing at the weld point of the nut (mainly in northern areas that use salt, the salt collected under the nut, rusting away quickly).

Fram is fine, those that hate on them just display their ignorance.
They all have a story of an uncles friends sisters cousin that had a Fram issue.
Truth is all filters have an issue here and there, and with Fram being one of the largest manufacturers out there, the number of failures may be high, but the percentage is not.

I have had several issues with Purolator made filters in the past, and refuse to use them because of my personal experience.
I have never had a Fram issue (or issue with Wix or Champion labs filters).
I think K&N is now made by Purolator (I know it used to be Champ Labs).
Thanks for the reply!

I think the guy that told me not to use K&N must have read something about what you're talking about. And then he mentally manufactured the idea that all K&N filters, past and future, are bad and will destroy your bike.

I doubt there are huge differences between all the major oil filter brands. Surely, some of the cheaper, Chinese no-name filters might be made poorly and might fall apart, but I guess for the major brands they function mostly the same. And, I think K&N is made by Hiflo-filtro, or at least I read that somewhere.


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