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post #1 of 18 Old 09-04-2006, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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K&N Air Filter - Yea or Nay?

I'm coming up on 8000 miles and it's getting time to think about an air filter change. When I went to see the cost of the Suzuki air filter, I almost gagged!

I've looked into K&N Air Filters and they are actually less than the stock Suzuki part and can be washed, oiled and used again and again. Seems like that kind of makes sense.

Now, I also know that the K&N does not filter quite as effectively as some of the other air filters on the market. My thoughts are than my truck - with 150,000 miles on it has been running a K&N filter since new without any adverse effects. My V-Strom in all likelihood, will never see any real dirt riding. It is my commuter bike.

Does this sound like a job for a K&N filter?

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Go for it. The K&N has been working fine in my V. No signs of crap or corruption in the airbox.

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Use what you want.

After learning more about filters I removed every K&N I had.

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Nay here. The few objective tests that have been done have shown that K&N's simply don't filter very well. It's hard to beat pleated paper for filtering efficiency.

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i agree: -1 for k&n.

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+1 for K&N ... somewhere in the ride reports is a great example why I run them in my bikes. Plus, if I ran stock I'd be on my 4th.

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Which one?

Riders, Stromette is the only one who has backed up what she wrote. If you donít like K&N's write why. I don't want to hear some internet source, I want to know what riders here think & why. My local Suzuki deal (stealer) is now recommending them over stock-because the stock COSTS TOO MUCH! So I guess there is a huge profit margin on a $50.00 piece of wire and cotton or/and paper? Who knows, but the dealer got a really nice display and now they highly recommend them. Stock is still more expensive and have to be prepaid and ordered. I can internet source a K&N for even less.

All I know is I put 125,000 miles on a 5.0 mustang with one. That engine still runs well.

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As K+Ns get dirty, they filter better than when new. When they get really dirty, drier particles on the outside get vibrated off. Paper filters clog faster and need to be changed more often than K+Ns need to be cleaned. Paper filters do a better filtering job, especially when the K+Ns are new. K+Ns flow better until they get really dirty. There are a bunch of tradeoffs.

I haven't heard of many street bikes needing ring jobs using either type though and rings are the first to go when filters are working badly. Even people who had air filters replaced without gaskets and had visible dirt in the intakes have yet to report loss of compression in my reading. Has anybody read a report on a Strom needing a ring job?

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I wish there was a foam filter for the V, but since there is not, I will have to use a K&N. I would never use a K&N on my XR they are great road filters/race filters but are worthless in the fine dirt and dust of the desert. All my vehicles have UNI foam filters. You should see the one on my CTD
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Air flow K&N

I have about 3500 miles on my K&N .. Have had hiccup burp what ever .. Talked with Suzuki race bike builder on K&N I told him I was getting fine particals in air box, when I bought the filter it was marked pre oiled from factory so I did'nt oil. Builder told me factory over oils filters he cleans them and reoils them. He said as fine as particals are there are no worry's.. My K4 DL1000 ran great more torque you can hear it getting more air.. Now I need more fuel. going for remap this week ..
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