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I'm just wondering about the use of a k&n, do you guys use them? I've tried in a truck and just went back to stock on my diesel. I took the air cleaner out of the gl1500 and it's a k&n. What do most of you use? I'm thinking of just getting a stock type filter and getting rid of this. Only had bike a few months and 1st time looking, PO had it installed. Thanks for any opinions
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I would - but that's just me.

At their price maybe you can clean it up and get a few $$ on eBay for it.

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I bought one thinking it would be an improvement but went back to the paper filter after a couple of years. The K&N would allow oil and dirt into my air intake, plus also made the noise from the intake louder for me as the rider than a paper one does.

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In cars iv seen lots of problems with K&N . To much oil they mess up sensors , not enough oil on the filter they let dust right through .



No knowledge of them on bikes but over all i wouldnt run one .
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Whew, boy am I glad to see you guys' response to this one!
Intuitively, I decided to change the filthy K&N filter on my '82 CB900 Custom -- even when realizing that only 3-4 changes will wind up being more expensive than a new K&N. It just didn't look like I could EVER make it truly clean again, while I KNOW a new paper filter is clean, at least for a little while. And, I get to decide when to change it -- so, I'll change it when I need to.
My '83 Interstate currently has a K&N. When I find the right price on a common replacement, I'll buy it, and make the change. Then, I'll start looking for a NEW replacement for next time.
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I'm gonna change as well. This one looks like new but I'll stick with the ole standby stocker and ditch this one. They say they flow better but do it by letting more crud in to boot. Thanks folks
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When my Dodge CTD was new I installed the cone shaped one (can't recall what it's called now) thinking I would improve my performance and or fuel mileage. I saw no difference in either, and went back to stock. Why take a chance on ruining an engine for nothing?

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Dumped the K&N. EMGO paper filters are what I use now. Best price I have
found so far for EMGO 12-90021 (GL1200) is from.........

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I'm gonna change as well. This one looks like new but I'll stick with the ole standby stocker and ditch this one. They say they flow better but do it by letting more crud in to boot. Thanks folks
Most problems come from those that don't follow the directions set by K&N...

The first thing you would've needed to do is decide whether the filter is toast from neglect, then buy a cleaning kit for it if it musters-up. Spray cleaner and spray lube. $12-$14 most places on-line. $14-$22 in the stores.

People come-up with all kinds of ways to clean those things, which generally compromises the filtering material. I've been guilty of it myself in the past. Gets old buying them spray kits.

Another falsity is the old hot-rodder-wannabe mentality of it looking like it creates more power. Not so much for us GL peoples... but for the pod-guys. They equate it with sticking a big Edelbrock on their 305 Camaro... ►FAIL◄

If you're not maintenance-inclined and oriented, then you made the right decision to stay away from K&N.
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Dumped the K&N. EMGO paper filters are what I use now. Best price I have
found so far for EMGO 12-90021 (GL1200) is from.........

http://www.z1enterprises.com/detail.aspx?ID=2746

I use the same ones in my 1100 but I order them 2 at a time from J. C. Whitney. I get my oil filters there too, 4 at a time.

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