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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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K&N Question

Hope someone can help.

I have an Arlen Ness Big Sucker intake that uses a K&N Filter. While riding to the Dragon last weekend we got drenched with rain. Obviously this got the filter wet. Then, after returning home, I washed the bike. Once again the filter got wet.

Knowing that they use oil in the filter to help trap dirt and keep it from getting in the intake, and oil and water don't mix, do I need to "recharge" it or is it fine?

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I have the same set-up, but I've used K&N filters in my vehicles for about 7 years now. Getting the filter wet in itself is not a bad thing. Just make sure it's dry before using it again, so if you get caught in a rain, just let it dry out. When you wash your bike, NEVER spray water directly into the filter under pressure and never from the outside. Again, let it dry out after the fact. If you use a cleaning kit (by either Arlen Ness or K&N), spray the cleaner onto the filter, let set fot 10 minutes and gently rinse off the filter from the inside (hose, no nozzel and lower pressure). let it dry, re-oil as directed and reinstall. The good thing is that cleaning it doesn't need to be done just because it's a bit dirty. At some point, having some dirt on it actually helps it to function better (according to K&N).

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Awesome. Thank you very much. I was worried the water may have washed some of the oil away, reducing it's ability to filter.

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And you can make a rain gaurd from old panty hose to pull over the filter part. I just leave mine on but its the one that came with the BAK I have. Doesn't really matter. Go get the significant others old, black panty hose and cut a swath out of the leg and slip it over. It'll keep the rain from getting to the filter AND keep a large amount of FOD out of the folds as well. No appreciable lack of performance.
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