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post #1 of 34 Old 09-17-2013, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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One more question, I admit to being a bit of a newbie when it comes to working on bikes but I'm trying to learn more to do as much of my own work as possible!

I replaced my air filter with a K&N filter (the mechanic at the shop I bought the bike at suggested I do that when the time came - in fact, I think they now replace them when they do the pre-delivery). It seems to make sense both from the pain in the arse factor of accessing the air box and the durability.

When I set out this morning I did notice it seems to have a little more pickup (probably in part because the last filter was definitely done!), but what I wonder about is that it sounds a bit different - a little bit deeper rumble - is that a normal thing to have changed just from replacement of the filter?
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Air box honk. Some folks feel that the K&N allows more air flow due to the design. A nice feature of the K&N is the service interval of 50K for cleaning and feeding. Some folks love 'em, some don't.
A pre screen, over the intake can eliminate a lot of bugs being collected on the filter.
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There are several sources of noise from an engine...intake (air box honk), mechanical including chain, and exhaust. Some air filters allow more intake noise to escape.

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All I'm going to say is that if it flows more air it has to flow more grit.

I've seen car engines apart that had run KN air filters ( I can't comment on whether they were service properly or not ) but it was pretty clear that the rings had worn much more than with a stock air filter. That is an example of grit getting into the intake system.

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All I'm going to say is that if it flows more air it has to flow more grit.

I've seen car engines apart that had run KN air filters ( I can't comment on whether they were service properly or not ) but it was pretty clear that the rings had worn much more than with a stock air filter. That is an example of grit getting into the intake system.

Again as all things in life, each to their own. It's your money do what you wish.
Very well said, thanks
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You know that 300,000 mile Vee everybody's been raving about? Guess what kind of air filter it uses.

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You know that 300,000 mile Vee everybody's been raving about? Guess what kind of air filter it uses.
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The OEM filter seem to me much better quality than any i saw before.
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All I'm going to say is that if it flows more air it has to flow more grit.

I've seen car engines apart that had run KN air filters ( I can't comment on whether they were service properly or not ) but it was pretty clear that the rings had worn much more than with a stock air filter. That is an example of grit getting into the intake system.

Again as all things in life, each to their own. It's your money do what you wish.
A larger filter surface area will let more air through but not necessarily let more dirt through.

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I follow this method for my air filter. $6 instead of $25 plus.
Takes about 15 minutes and overnight to set the silicon.
Worked on my Wee for 40K+, will continue to do it on my 13.
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