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FinchFan194

K and N oil filters?

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So my local shop has paper and metal K and N oil filters the paper are just like stock so no questions there. What do you guys know about or think of the metal ones? I used them in my 04 which now needs a topend, not sure it was the filter though. I am trying to be extra careful with my new 08 so any input would be a big help. I am going to get a Scotts this spring for sure just need something to good to use til then.

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Metal are fine if u have the right sonic cleaning equipment. I've always used $3 HiFlo filters and never had a problem.

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Metal are fine if u have the right sonic cleaning equipment. I've always used $3 HiFlo filters and never had a problem.

Sonic cleaning equipment? Whatever for?

I guess what I want to know is if paper is better?

What I want to know is why you haven't looked in Common Threads after all this time. :bonk:

Paper's not better; it's different:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4676297#post4676297

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The most important thing about any oil and oil filter set up you are running is that they are changed/replaced/cleaned on a frequent and regular basis. I considered a metal filter for my 2007 YZ250F but opted for the paper. The idea that any contaminants in the filter are disposed of at each oil change is comforting. I use the HiFlo paper filter, which is made by the same company that manufactures the K & N filters, only they are about half the price. For an extra measure of protection I use the magnetic oil filter cover from form Zip-Ty racing. Good riding to you

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I used the K&N 142's (brass mesh) for years with no problems. I have since switched to a SS filter , but I wouldn't hesitate to use a K&N if needed.

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Thanks 642 thats what I was looking for. Does anyone know the filtering properties of the brass mesh vs. paper?

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Sonic cleaning equipment? Whatever for?

What I want to know is why you haven't looked in Common Threads after all this time. :bonk:

Paper's not better; it's different:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4676297#post4676297

I have looked:thumbsup: it doesn't say anything in there about the brass mesh K&N filter in there. That I saw. . .I am not wanting to know about a stainless reusable.

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Brass mesh OEM type filters are more or less worthless by comparison with either paper elements or stainless mesh of comparable gauge to that of a Scotts. The trouble is that the mesh is too coarse, and they only filter down to around 80 microns, allowing some really large stuff to circulate through the system unmolested.

Brass is also generally too delicate to be cleaned thoroughly without enlarging the openings in the mesh in spots, so they are not truly reusable with any reliability.

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