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K & N Filters
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ok, new guy here, still trying to get to know everyone. Bear with me if this has been discussed already, I did a search but couldn't find it here, or anywhere for that matter. Ok, to the question:

I understand K & N Filters are popular. However, I was ready to purchase one for the new 'stang at a local parts store, and the guy said he was a long time mustang fan and had built and driven them all his life. He told me not to get a K & N if i cared at all about keeping my engine for any length of time. I am in the inland northwest now and soon to be in the Seattle area. Not going to be a whole lot of dirt roads in Sheila's (that would be my Mach 1's name) future. He said that because these filters allow much more air through they also let much more dirt/dust through. If this is the case it makes sense to stay with a paper filter. I think I am having some issue with my cleveland 'starving' for air. When I got it it already had a 4 inch filter but it didn't fit quite right. I would love to give K&N a chance, but worried about what he was saying. Please give me your thoughts but be gentle.
Tomorrow I will take a pic of the engine bay


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#2
This is the first time I've heard that, from what I've always understood, they clean the air better. I've always ran them on my car. I don't see how a paper filter could clean air better than a fabric/oil based filter.

I've ran my car hard for 8 years now with K&N filters, no problems here.

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#3
First of all, nice car. Second, I've run K&N filters for years. On my Chevy Avalanche, my Hummer H2 my '96 Cobra Mystic and my '95 GT with a Vortech supercharged 393w stroker. Everything I've been told is that K&N filters not only allow more air but they also filter out smaller particles than the paper elements. I'm actually considering using a Vortech "hat"( that allows the use of dual conical filters) on my '73 Mach-1.
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#4
I've used K&N in every vehicle since 81 at the first filter change. It's my experience that just because you work at a parts store you may not be Gods gift to engines. JMHO

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#5
I have had a bunch of them with no issue like fore mentioned
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#6
I have run K&N on many vehicles, including my motorcycles, I call BS on the the "letting more dirt through". Now I haven't lived off of a non-paved road in years, but with the design of the filter, I would think it is better in dusty conditions, you would just have to clean and re-oil more often.

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2010 GT Premium
2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
1995 F150- The "home depot" machine
2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra
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#7
The proof is in the carburator. Yes they allow more air but no way does dirt get through the oil and element. Maybe he is unaware of the cleaning kit.

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Just cruising along minding our own business when BAM!!! The LAWS show up.
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#8
I've run a K&N with my 351C ram air setup since 1997 (25K+)with no issues whatsoever. As noted above, it sounds like an un-informed opinion.
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http://www.autoblog.com/2005/09/07/how-w...ters-work/

I did find a blog that seems to support the idea that more dirt gets into the engine. But it sounds pretty unanimous that it doesn't affect performance or engine life.

Now what was this I read about a vortec filter?
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mchandford;102738 Wrote:I understand K & N Filters are popular. However, I was ready to purchase one for the new 'stang at a local parts store, and the guy said he was a long time mustang fan and had built and driven them all his life. He told me not to get a K & N if i cared at all about keeping my engine for any length of time...

...I would love to give K&N a chance, but worried about what he was saying. Please give me your thoughts but be gentle.

Possibly.
I'll be able to evaluate the parts counter dude's statment after my K&N million mile warranty expires.

Until then, I call Bullshizz.

(That's as gentile as I could be Wink )

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