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Old 07-11-2012, 09:08 AM
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Anyone have a substitute for cleaner and oil for a K&N type filter?

I use dawn dish soap to clean foam filters and bar and chain oil to oil them, but am not sure if that's ok on the cotton gauze type filters. It works great on the foam though.
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Yeah but I think we both know you're paying a little more for the name/reputation with the K&N Filter Cleaning Kit than its actual effectiveness over the others.

Honestly, most of the guys on the Mustang forums will tell you they're all about the same; in that they do the job they're suppose to, and do it very well.

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I agree with you comment 110%
So do I need to stick with the K&N cleaning kit or will any of them do?
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You absolutely do NOT have to stick with the K&N cleaning kit.

Ultimately they all achieve the same result.

Go with whatever's in your budget.
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You absolutely do NOT have to stick with the K&N cleaning kit.

Ultimately they all achieve the same result.

Go with whatever's in your budget.
Meh! They are all $5 here or there....it was more so a question. But good to know and thanks for responding
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I'm wondering what else can be used to clean and oil the cotton gauze filters...

I found that the bar and chain oil works good on the foam filters, but I don't think it would work well on the gauze. There's got to be something else(cheaper and easier to get) to use on the cotton gauze. I am sure just like everything else their "special" cleaner is the same as something else but 6 times as expensive...
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Don't know what to oil it with but on my mopar dryflow filter I use simple green to clean it....water and simple green in a bucket.
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Anyone have a substitute for cleaner and oil for a K&N type filter?

I use dawn dish soap to clean foam filters and bar and chain oil to oil them, but am not sure if that's ok on the cotton gauze type filters. It works great on the foam though.
Sean, since K&N first started coming out I've been using gasoline, laundry detergent, and fabric oil for motorcycles in the following manner.

I use just enough gasoline in a shallow container to be able to dunk the exterior portion of the pleats without letting dirty fluid splash on to the clean side of the filter. For a round or conical filter, you rotate the filter slowly, gently tapping it in the container. This cuts the oil and dislodges most of the dirt. Any dirt left in the filter is loosely held. I leave the filter hanging in a safe place to dry during the day or overnight.

Next I get a bucket of lukewarm water with a quality liquid laundry detergent. Vigorously wash the filter completely submerged in the bucket. Next rinse the filter in a bucket of lukewarm clean water. Now rinse the filter with a garden hose in the direction on the pleats from the clean side out through the dirty side. Let it dry completely.

For oiling I use spray on fabric filter oil from motorcycle shops. It's just like K&N oil for the exact same purpose. I usually use Bel-Ray. It's no more expensive and is readily available. I wouldn't use an oil not designed specifically for fabric filters. A little of this goes a long way.

Before some get jerky about the gasoline cleaning step, those of us who have been using K&N style filters from way back will recall that this was an official cleaning method in the old days. Since it's not politically correct anymore, and lawyers have made their millions on the backs of idiots doing stupid things in the presence of volatile liquids, K&N changed methods years ago. I tried the Al Gore approved methods of different kinds, but frankly nothing cuts the oil and crud like gasoline. When my filters are through this process, they are amazingly clean. And to be environmentally friendly, I pour the small amount of gasoline used into my oil recycling container to be disposed of appropriately.

On my longest use K&N filter, I got 300,000 miles out of a large round version on a full size '89 GMC Jimmy that I sold when I bought the Express. I've always been skeptical about their million mile promise, but at 1/3 of that, my Jimmy's filter was still in excellent condition.
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Any thoughts to Spectre? I just put this on and it seems just as good as any other.... oh, for half the price.
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Spectre is pretty good especially for the money. The only issue I've seen with them is they're usually open to hot air from the engine bay.
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