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Old 09-25-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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Your Opinion--Is a K&N Air Filter worth it?

Is a K&N worth the 50 bucks or just all hype? what's your opinion?
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:16 PM   #2
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Is a K&N worth the 50 bucks or just all hype? what's your opinion?
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:25 PM   #3
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NO .........just good marketing IMHO.
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:34 PM   #4
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no just makes a annoying whistle
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:59 PM   #5
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It's not worth the money. You'll probably throw away a barely used filter before installing this one, which only has a name brand on it. As far as a superior product, it could easily beat any similar product, but the best money is in a real intake. On the other hand, any intake will need to be replaced if you eventually decide to go with forced induction since the tubing will move to the forced induction rather than the engine. Additionally, it is worth noting that no single part will produce substantial power. Rather than just getting one filter, save up for a full exhaust kit and install all the parts at the same time, followed by a tune. This is the easiest way to obtain a significant boost of power.
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Old 09-26-2009, 12:32 AM   #6
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I think it is. Youll never buy another air filter ever again.
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Old 09-26-2009, 03:15 AM   #7
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Worth it. I have installed them on several of my vehicles over the years without a problem. It is what they say it is. No "annoying whistle" as one poster said. No issues of any kind. Better filtration, less restriction, and you buy it ONE TIME.
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:08 AM   #8
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Worth it. I have installed them on several of my vehicles over the years without a problem. It is what they say it is. No "annoying whistle" as one poster said. No issues of any kind. Better filtration, less restriction, and you buy it ONE TIME.
I agree. It was the first thing I bought for my last vehicle (99 Dodge Dakota) and has paid for itself.
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It's good because it can be cleaned but don't expect to make horsepower with it.
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Old 09-27-2009, 03:03 AM   #10
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I think it is. Youll never buy another air filter ever again.
If you're looking for convenience and practicality, yes...but if it's a power increase you seek, then seek a real intake, Grasshopper.
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Old 09-27-2009, 05:05 AM   #11
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Is a K&N worth the 50 bucks or just all hype? what's your opinion?
it depends. like someone said if you plan on going with a short ram then don't waist the money. but if you plan on staying stock then i would buy the filter.

now i got one for my tc and to be frank i asked my step brother to drive it (also he drove stock) he drove it up the street and said he noticed more tq while getting on it. he asked what i did i told him just the k&n filter.

so yeah reason for the story is i felt a difference but wanted to make sure it was not in my head. the k&n filter does helo a bit with power and tq and also yes buy the cleaning kit for 20 bucks and the kit will last like 5 wash's before needing to buy another kit.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:17 AM   #12
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I'm a mechanic... I don't think I would waste my money on a just a filter. As for these guys saying you only buy the filter once.. I have an AEM intake on my truck, with a "re-usable" filter. I can tell you after about 5 years they don't look so great, and you will never get the fine particles out that are embedded in the paper (which also causes the most restriction). You just get the big stuff off the outside. Take a 5 year old filter and a brand new one, if you did a flow test I bet you would have lost around 50% of your flow. You wouldn't even have to do a flow test, just put a flashlight up to it and see the difference.

Also, higher flow means less restriction, how do they achieve less restriction? With filter media that is "coarser", also known as a micron rating. Which means you are letting more contamination into your engine. Especially fine dust.

Alot of filters have "oiled" filters which are supposed to use oil to catch fine particulates. There has been alot of speculation that the oil in the filter is actually drawn past the MAF sensor in some vehicles, which coats the honey-comb like sensor surface, reducing its efficiency, which throws off your engines computer.

Theres no two ways about it, an air filter, or any filter for that matter is a very simple device. It's a glorified screen, these filter companys can claim theres high technology in them, but in the end its a piece of paper, or foam. It discriminates particles, letting small ones in and keeping bigger ones out. More flow means more contamination. Oil means gummy sensors.

So there you have it, the truth about CAI/High Flow Filters.
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i will have to dissagree with revnic. now i have had my k&n filter on my cold air intake for 4 years. now every time i clean it i do the process it tells you to and mine comes out clean. also mine was used not new when i got it so it has been used for almost 6 years and was in a front end accident.

now as far as the oils yes k&n has you put it on but it also tells you to NOT drive it while wet. wait about 15 mins for it to dry. ok yeah why spend 45 minutes cleaning an air filter when i could go get a 10 dollar one and be done in 10 mins. well my answer to that is you are getting better performance engine breaths better and that is a plus on engines.
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:40 AM   #14
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i will have to dissagree with revnic. now i have had my k&n filter on my cold air intake for 4 years. now every time i clean it i do the process it tells you to and mine comes out clean. also mine was used not new when i got it so it has been used for almost 6 years and was in a front end accident.

now as far as the oils yes k&n has you put it on but it also tells you to NOT drive it while wet. wait about 15 mins for it to dry. ok yeah why spend 45 minutes cleaning an air filter when i could go get a 10 dollar one and be done in 10 mins. well my answer to that is you are getting better performance engine breaths better and that is a plus on engines.
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