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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-09-2009, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question K&N Air filters on my bike-!!!...???

Well while checking things out on my (new to me) bike I went to check and probably clean the air filters, and on taking the covers off I discovered that the PO had put K&Ns on her...
I always liked the originals as they were easy to clean, but I don't know crap about these K&Ns, do they give a more free air flow, how do you clean them, or do you have to replace them...???
They are a charcoal color not just tan, is that dirt, do I need to blow them out, clean with gasoline, kerosene, oil them after cleaning, or what do I do with them...???
If they have an advantage over the originals I would like to keep them, if not I may go back to the original stock air filters...
Sorry to ask so much, but I am a dummy on the K&Ns for sure...
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When they are clean they usually have a reddish color. Pick yourself up a K&N recharge kit at your local auto parts store. It will last you forever. You use the cleaner spray to clean them and then let them dry. Then a light spray of the red K&N oil that comes with the kit, paper towel to wipe off any excess and put them back on. They last forever. Never need replacing. They don't really give you any better air flow, but they do last so you never need to buy another air filter for it. They're easy to clean and take care of. They cost about 80 bucks for a set, so they're pretty expensive, but I like em!

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KEEP THOSE AIR FILTERS! They are easy to clean and you will never have to buy air filters again......Stock filter have to be replaced every 15K miles or after 5 cleanings. I just bought a set for my bike. They run anywhere from $75-100 for the set depending on who you get them from. The benefit of the K&N air filters is that they trap most dirt and junk, keeping it from entering the air intake system. Also they allow more air flow. You can pick up a filter recharge kit from most auto parts store or Wal-Mart for around $12 that contains 12oz bottle of filter cleaner and a 6.5oz spray can of filter oil.


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IMO, K&N filters do let more air in, but don't filter as well as the stock filters.


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Are motorcycle air filters universal? Do I need to buy VN750 specific K&N filters?
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IMO, K&N filters do let more air in, but don't filter as well as the stock filters.
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IMO, K&N filters do let more air in, but don't filter as well as the stock filters.
Yeah, that would be my thoughts, same ole, same ole, you can't have your cake and eat it too...lol...
I just didn't find anything wrong with the OEM filters...
BTW-My 20 yr. old 24 hp Onan engine on my 60" Wheel Horse Zero turn mower has run under probably 20 times as dusty conditions as my bike, it has the same type as the Kawi. OEMs and all I have ever done was clean the foam with gas and re-oil and smear grease on the insides of the filter box... Reckon I should get a new filter...???...lol...
I will get one of those recharge kits though and clean & lube the K&Ns on the bike...
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I did have a K&N on my old dual sport bike. You could just use regular dish soap to clean and any air filter element oil and probably save a few $$'s over K&N specific stuff.
But... that will void their million mile warranty, which, you probably don't have the sales receipt to cover anyhow.


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Are motorcycle air filters universal? Do I need to buy VN750 specific K&N filters?
No.


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