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Old 10-25-2016, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need to replace both my Air Filter and Cabin Air Filter.

I looked at prices and found K&N to be much more expensive than regular filters and some people saying that they are not worth the money.

Anyone has K&N Engine and Cabin Air filters and are they worth the difference in the money?

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They're more expensive AND do a worse job filtering small particulates... it's a lose-lose!
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Old 10-26-2016, 04:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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does that apply for both the engine and cabin air filters?

And if K&N is no good, which brand would you guys recommend?
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K&n is fine for the cabin filter... I just use Purolator for air filters on my car.
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Are you looking for performance or to just replace the filter? I noticed a decent gain in noise and torque when I trimmed my airbox down and put a cone filter on it. Just buy a cheap filter for cabin air, don't waste your time on a K&N cabin filter.

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Are you looking for performance or to just replace the filter? I noticed a decemt gain in noise and torque when I trimmed my airbox down and put a cone filter on it. Just buy a cheap folter for cabin air, don't waste your time on a K&N cabin filter.


Can you please post a picture of how it looks? Im looking to replace my air filter. Whats the effect of the cone air filter on your mpg?


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I unfortunately don't have any pictures from when I had it together because I am getting ready to boost it, but I will try and get it put back together tomorrow and get a picture for you. I lost maybe a mpg? I was still getting 38-40mpg pretty consistently. Essentially what I did was took the top of the filter air box and trimmed out everything but the little velocity stack inlet it has, put a 90 bend off the throttle body to the maf and that inlet, then put a cone filter on there. Worked pretty well for me.
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Here was how it used to be setup. The pipe around it is for my mini that its going on now
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Thanks for posting this. Having participated in the motorcycle race community for a few years, I was surprised to find that the best tuners (the ones that could build engines and tune them with a Power commander for optimal power) ALWAYS used the stock filters due to their all-round best performance.

After testing both ways, they determined the increased initial flow and slight increase in power was NOT worth the increased ingestion of particulates (an issue in AZ) and required frequent cleaning and oiling to maintain that higher flow.

Lastly, the variability associated with the cleaning and oiling process is substantial. Too much oil on the filter, and you have very little flow improvement.
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