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Offline Superplasma

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Air Filters
on: January 09, 2020, 03:41:59 PM
As it’s almost time to change my air filter, I have been looking at what’s available, I can’t believe the price of the genuine Honda one (£41) so this made me look at what else is available, some of the patterned ones are only a third of the price, but I wouldn’t fit those as I wouldn’t trust them, however some of the dearer ones look ok, so has anybody tried using air filters not made by Honda and if they have what make did you use and were they ok. 


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Offline Lattugo

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Re: Air Filters
Reply #1 on: January 09, 2020, 03:57:53 PM
Hi,
I am happy with HiFlo filters, have been using these for years not only for the CB but also for my previous Hornet600S.

http://www.hiflofiltro.com/catalogue/filter/HFA1508

Here at my latitude 20 to 25 quid postage included.

Offline Swanny

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Re: Air Filters
Reply #2 on: January 09, 2020, 04:41:01 PM
I've heard to stay away form K&N but to go for DNA Filters
No idea if they do one for the CB5 though  :153:
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Re: Air Filters
Reply #3 on: January 10, 2020, 04:44:26 AM
 :121: This is my serious hat on now. (usually I'm trying to be funny)
I have used K&N on all types of vehicles for a long time.
They let more air in which is supposed to equal more power.
But, not so much that you would have to re jet, like when you
put on a new exhaust.
Of course fuel injected systems with O2 sensors should be able
to adjust for these minor changes.
And if you put a K&N on a cold air intake in a car it sounds bad.
I have the K&N on my 2017X and I get a little more sound from
the intake.
The only time I ever had a problem was with a Honda CB750 that
started smoking. When I had the engine rebuilt the guy wanted to
know if I had been running without an air filter.
After that I have always wondered (but not worried) if K&N's let
too much dirt and dust through? Maybe oiled foam is better?
Who knows? It's just like the which oil and filter is best question.
Everyone has their own opinion............... :084:




Offline timur

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Re: Air Filters
Reply #4 on: January 10, 2020, 07:01:31 AM
Nothing better than a test to clarify this questions:
https://www.nicoclub.com/archives/kn-vs-oem-filter.html

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Re: Air Filters
Reply #5 on: January 10, 2020, 11:42:21 AM
*Originally Posted by choyashi [+]
....The only time I ever had a problem was with a Honda CB750 that
started smoking. When I had the engine rebuilt the guy wanted to
know if I had been running without an air filter.
After that I have always wondered (but not worried) if K&N's let
too much dirt and dust through? Maybe oiled foam is better?
Who knows? It's just like the which oil and filter is best question.
Everyone has their own opinion............... :084:

I think Choyashi, serious hat and all,  has raised a valid concern here. I too have used K&N over the years on varied equipment and always wondered if that "improved air flow" didn't also mean improved dirt penetration. On my old Toyota FJ40, the K&N had an oil impregnated foam cover that got very dirty in dusty conditions, but was pretty easy to clean and re-oil.

I've used them occasionally on my bikes, but as a rule have stayed away from them for that flow through dirt question. My current 2013 CBX came with a K&N on it, which I removed and replaced with a Honda filter. I does seem that I can notice a difference in air flow, the Honda being a little more restrictive. Imagination - maybe?

While I am considering returning the K&N to the CBX, I am still a skeptic on the dirt issue. If I do put it on, I'll oil it.

Oh yea, HiFlo filters, used a ton of them over the years, no issues at all. The only reason I went with Honda now is that the price was pretty close to the same. 

timur - that's an interesting post.
Last Edit: January 10, 2020, 11:52:40 AM by ncroadtoad
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Re: Air Filters
Reply #6 on: January 10, 2020, 10:56:17 PM
been on dna since 3000 km,now have 17000 km , washed it once oiled it once...didn't like 40 euros for the honda one,spend 65 on dna for like forever!!
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Re: Air Filters
Reply #7 on: April 16, 2020, 02:07:22 PM
Aghh another question i have been looking at what air filter to use , a (i presume) genuine honda filter is around 40.00 here plus shipping , a k&n filter is about 89.00 free shipping reacharge kit 22.00 so for the price of two paper elements i can get a reusable one that lasts fo a long time ,oil kit will probably last maybe 3 times so after 3 cleans the reusable will cost you around 22.00 to clean and re oil for another 3 times wheras a paper element will cost you around 120.00 over the next 3 services clear as mud eh ! this is anothr question that will never be answered which one is best .

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Re: Air Filters
Reply #8 on: April 16, 2020, 07:09:01 PM
Last Edit: April 16, 2020, 07:11:45 PM by Swanny
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Re: Air Filters
Reply #9 on: April 16, 2020, 08:49:40 PM
HiFlo filters for me too - have run them in my Blackbird for years.

Will be putting one in the 500x when it needs one.

 



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