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Should I bother getting a K & N?

Old 22-Apr-2007, 04:52 PM
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Should I bother getting a K & N?

I have a regular civic engine D16Y7, with a short ram intake, do i need a K&N filter to get best possible mpg or a regular RACTIVE filter that i have now will do it...

If K & N won't make a difference (mpg) in my little underpowered honda engine, i don't want to waste my money... BTW how are K & N's...
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Old 22-Apr-2007, 09:36 PM
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imo K&N is the best in the business....

Does that mean you should go get one now?...not necessarily. Stick with your ractive filter for now....when it gets really dirty, replace it with a K&N, you'll never have to buy another filter again.

My dad's 2002 silverado pickup has the same drop-in K&N filter it has had since I put it in back in 2002 when he bought it. I simply take it out, wash/re-oil it once a year and pop it back in. It still looks like new. (plus it gives a few extra ponies and few more mgp )

I have a custom K&N cone filter on my car for a 6" dia pipe because I'm running a Bpi velocity flow stack. The filter works great and all ya have to do is clean it once/twice a year.

They are worth the money imo.
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Old 23-Apr-2007, 08:49 PM
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it's not the k&n specific brand filters that are the "best", but the k&n style ie. cotton gauze filters. chances are an aem, ractive, etc filter such as a k&n will yield almost the exact same results.
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Old 23-Apr-2007, 10:40 PM
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Actually, some filters that come with these cai and sr kits are not as good as the K&N filters. Some of them , although they look similar, are not reusable and are manufactured cheaper and they are simply not as good of quality and will not last as long. Some, however, are just as good. It's a matter of finding the ones that are reusable/washable.
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any well known name will be just as good, some no name kits that can be purchased off ebay may not tho. but like i said, if its a well known name brand then it will be fine. aem makes filters that do not need oil and they have had good results aswell.
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Old 24-Apr-2007, 01:41 PM
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Originally posted by SteveZ
any well known name will be just as good, some no name kits that can be purchased off ebay may not tho. but like i said, if its a well known name brand then it will be fine. aem makes filters that do not need oil and they have had good results aswell.
You should also ask Cam on here about the Amsoil Ea cone filters. Excellent filters that don't need re-oiling like the K&N's do.
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Best air filter I ever had, had it on my cavy...it was a ractive cone filter and the actual filter element was a fine stainless steel mesh (like a siv(sp?)) with a very low flow restriction.

It now lives in our mr2 race car. All you have to do to clean it is rinse it under water.....
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