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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:13 pm    Post subject:  KN air filter, any good? Reply with quote

So I just got back from my bi monthly trip to the U-pick. I found an Impala with a KN air filter. The one that looks like a regular filter, & goes in the stock air filter housing. I paid $3.50 for it, & wondering if it's any good. My car is totally stock, so I'm not looking for more power, but rather a filter that doesn't need to be replaced. But I read somewhere they boost power because they're less restrictive, & let more crap through. Also, since the KN filters need to be oiled, there's a possibility the oil can mess up the MAF sensor. Any truth to this? GARY

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:51 pm    Post subject:  Re: KN air filter, any good? Reply with quote

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So I just got back from my bi monthly trip to the U-pick. I found an Impala with a KN air filter. The one that looks like a regular filter, & goes in the stock air filter housing. I paid $3.50 for it, & wondering if it's any good. My car is totally stock, so I'm not looking for more power, but rather a filter that doesn't need to be replaced. But I read somewhere they boost power because they're less restrictive, & let more crap through. Also, since the KN filters need to be oiled, there's a possibility the oil can mess up the MAF sensor. Any truth to this? GARY


I have one and this is my opinion
Gain in power....No
Pita when you clean it...Keep your old filter if you need to use your car before the K&N dries
When applying oil to the filter after drying ,do so sparingly..Too much and it will get sucked in and screw up the MAF


edit There was a thick gasket in the air box...Did you get it? Comes with the filter.
Was worth $3.50 though

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:49 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The oil can absolutely ruin your MAF. The one that came with my intake kit wrecked my MAF with the factory oil job. I switched to AEM dry flow filters after that.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:07 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ive used a couple kn filters worth 3.50 yup. like said power not so much some say they arnt as good cause if you dont oil it enough then it will let dirt in. but on my 92 sable i felt like being stupid as normal and was having fun i put a cone filter on it with autozones plastic "cold" air pipes. well one wasn't enough for me so i put another on with a "Y" pip they sold. so i had dual cone filters on that beast lmao.

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I didn't see a "thick gasket" in the air filter housing. After reading here, & other sites, I'm not sure I'll be using it. The possibility of oil contaminating the MAF bothers me. Oh, the $3.50 included a regular filter too which looks to have been installed a week before the car was scrapped. GARY

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i never had a problem with the oil just let it dry out before you install it and you will be good

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:18 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You can always clear off the MAF with MAF cleaner or electrical parts cleaner spray if you somehow get oil on it. I have been running K&N filters of one form or another for about ten years now and have never had any issues.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:48 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I have been running K&N filters of one form or another for about ten years now and have never had any issues.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I have been running K&N filters of one form or another for about ten years now and have never had any issues.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:31 pm    Post subject:  Re: KN air filter, any good? Reply with quote

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There was a thick gasket in the air box...Did you get it? Comes with the filter.
Was worth $3.50 though
I went back to the U-pick today, found the car, & the seal was attached to the cover. I started to remove the seal, but it would have been damaged, so I took the whole cover. But they wanted $11 for it, & I realized I also needed to spend $13 for the cleaner, & oil. Not worth it when paper filters are $6. I left the cover there. I removed the paper filter that's been in my car for 2 years, & it was pretty clean, but I replaced it with the 2nd filter I got yesterday. If I souped up the car, I could see using the K&N filter, but since it's bone stock, I'll stick with paper filters. Anyone want the filter? GARY

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If you need a seal, I believe its just weather stripping. I bet you can grab some at the local hardware store.
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If you need a seal, I believe its just weather stripping. I bet you can grab some at the local hardware store.
Yeah, that's what I told the guy at the check out area at the bone yard. I didn't need another cover, & a roll of weather strip at Home Depot down the street is a few bucks. Then there's guys on U-Tube cleaning the filter with Oxy Clean & club soda to not have to spend $13 on the official K&N clean & oil kit. But for now, a clean paper filter is in place. GARY

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If you need a seal, I believe its just weather stripping. I bet you can grab some at the local hardware store.
Yeah, that's what I told the guy at the check out area at the bone yard. I didn't need another cover, & a roll of weather strip at Home Depot down the street is a few bucks. Then there's guys on U-Tube cleaning the filter with Oxy Clean & club soda to not have to spend $13 on the official K&N clean & oil kit. But for now, a clean paper filter is in place. GARY


You're find with the regular paper filter. The K&N filter doesn't add any noticeable power anyway. I put one on my POS Saturn years back and it drove the same. Plus they cost around $40.

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If you need a seal, I believe its just weather stripping. I bet you can grab some at the local hardware store.
Yeah, that's what I told the guy at the check out area at the bone yard. I didn't need another cover, & a roll of weather strip at Home Depot down the street is a few bucks. Then there's guys on U-Tube cleaning the filter with Oxy Clean & club soda to not have to spend $13 on the official K&N clean & oil kit. But for now, a clean paper filter is in place. GARY


You're find with the regular paper filter. The K&N filter doesn't add any noticeable power anyway. I put one on my POS Saturn years back and it drove the same. Plus they cost around $40.



But it makes it easier if your lazy to change them often
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