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Since I'm a cheap high school student wanting every ounce of performance out of my 2000 vulcan taurus for as little as possible, would buying a K&N filter for the stock airbox be worth the ~$50? I've already removed the intake restricter, so would the new filter be more of a placebo effect, or would it actually give me a few more horsepower that's noticeable?
 

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i noticed a slight difference when i put one in my vulcan. I do have the silencer removed too. I also noticed a slight increase in gas mileage. Like 1 mile a gal, nothin major and i drive the same way as before, no placebo effect.
 

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I did my exhaust to at the same time and I got alot better
high end power but I lost some low end powe
 

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honestly i KNOW saving up for s*** sucks, cuz u want it asap~!!! BUT I would get some chrome pipe, and a kn cone filter and make it functional in your wheel well youll gain a little more than just a stock panel box......
 

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Originally posted by taurus8916@Jan 12 2004, 02:38 PM
honestly i KNOW saving up for s*** sucks, cuz u want it asap~!!! BUT I would get some chrome pipe, and a kn cone filter and make it functional in your wheel well youll gain a little more than just a stock panel box......
Before you replied, did you notice how long ago PC_Marine posted this topic?


HOLY CRAP! I wonder if PC_Marine is even still around. lol!

To the topic at hand, $50 is a lot for just a panel filter for a Vulcan. When I bought my panel filter for my Duratec, it was only $35 at Autozone. I've seen them on ebay for $15-$20.
 

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Wasn't this topic posted today.


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I think it's worth it. If you order it on teh internet, it's a lot cheaper. IIRC, they uses the same filter for the Essex and Vulcan. I got mine at www.ajusa.com and it only cost like $38 w/ free shipping.
 

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Originally posted by Qwertz9586@Jan 12 2004, 08:07 PM
Wasn't this topic posted today.


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I think it's worth it. If you order it on teh internet, it's a lot cheaper. IIRC, they uses the same filter for the Essex and Vulcan. I got mine at www.ajusa.com and it only cost like $38 w/ free shipping. [/b][/quote]
It shows up as $42.43 on that site and it's $44 at the local autozone store.

I'll probably just end up splurging and buying the k&n.
 

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For the slight performance boost you might experience, it ain't worth it. Besides, it lets more dirt in to your filter than a paper filter.

If you're going to race, then it might make sense, but to only put it in when racing.

Not what you wanted to hear, eh?
 

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its not true that it lets more dirt in than a paper filter. If that were the case then why would they use oil filters on dirt bikes and other off road vehicles that see alot more dirt and grunge than a car? Oil does a much better job.
 
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Originally posted by spifdaddytaurus01@Jan 12 2004, 05:13 PM
yes it will be worth it I put one on my car and it made it
breath alot better


I also had my intake silencer removed, and I definitely noticed a difference. Not necessarily a large increase in power, but definitely seemed to be more responseive to throttle & seemed to "breathe" easier (not that I have a way of measuring it - measurement similar to "butt dyno"
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Originally posted by mth676@Jan 12 2004, 09:31 PM
its not true that it lets more dirt in than a paper filter. If that were the case then why would they use oil filters on dirt bikes and other off road vehicles that see alot more dirt and grunge than a car? Oil does a much better job.
It is true, and no, oil does not do a better job. Sorry buddy, but you're wrong on this one. Want to see the best possible filter? Look on the side of a piece of heavy
equipment. You'll see a centrifugal filter with a paper element inside. The centrifugal part of the filter takes care of most of the dust, which falls out the bottom, while the paper filter takes care of the rest. For quite a while after the Mt. St. Helens eruption, these filters were seen on the front of the local police and highway patrol cars, as they were the only filters that could keep the cars running in the flour-like volcanic ash.

>>>From a Baja Racer<<<
When you race the length of Baja California, a clogged filter will cost you the race ... but your engine will be unharmed. But if you just filter out the low flying birds and pucker bush trash, it's truly amazing how much coarse dirt and engine will ingest before showing significant signs of power loss. THIS is what is needed to finish a race. You finish .... collect prize .... toss in another engine.
 

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Yes, but K&N has add-ons for extreme conditions. They have a pre-charger for really dirty/dusty conditions, and a dry-charger for wet conditions. I think both are some kind of foam wrap for the filter. As long as you don't over-clean the k&n it filters just fine, it's filtration actually improves as it gets dirtier, but will still out-flow a paper filter. I like k&n, I use their air and their oil filters.
 

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It is well known that the dirtier a K&N-type filter gets, the better it filters. Question is, since you're paying for flow, and the dirt that is now protecting your engine from ingesting dirt is impeding that flow, what's the point?

Also, this is a cheap high school student that is going to buy the filter. Somebody should tell him that the K&N filter wraps are not included and run an additional $40. Together that is literally years of paper filters.

Extreme conditions for a K&N is pretty much using it on your daily driver. As a rule what you gain in flow, you give up in particulate filtration.

There is one exception to the rule: Wix filters made with Reemay - Unfortunately not available for our cars.
 
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