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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Air Filter Recommendations anyone?

Ive heard alot about K&N filters but it doenst look like they actually make them for the Versys anymore.

Can anyone make any recommendations?

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K&N has their own airfilter for V, best thing is it is washable.
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K&N has their own airfilter for V, best thing is it is washable.
The OEM air filter is cleanable, too.



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K&N hasn't develloped an air filter for the Versys/ER-6/Ninja650R yet... I like my Pipercross (UK) filter # MPX113. http://www.pipercross.net/motorcycle/products.asp
http://www.pipercross.net/motorcycle...sp?m1=9&m2=186
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Kawasaki-ER-6-...item4838fdaf7a

Great protection along with Maxima's synthetic Fab-1 air filter oil...
http://www.maximausa.com/products/fi...ilterspray.asp

non-OEM air filters
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The OEM air filter is cleanable, too.
Really? Aren't OEM filter paper element, the disposable kind? Any instruction on how to clean it? Wash like K&N filter, oil it later???

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Yes the OEM is a washable and oilable foam element filter, and it should be done at up to 7500 miles. I recommend using Maxima's excellent air filter cleaner, and synthetic air filter oil:
http://www.maximausa.com/products/cl...tercleaner.asp
http://www.maximausa.com/products/fi...ilterspray.asp

Page 2-14 in the free repair manual download:

"Air Cleaner Element Cleaning-
NOTE
○In dusty areas, the element should be cleaned more frequently than the recommended interval.
○After riding through rain or on muddily roads, the element should be cleaned immediately.
WARNING
If dirt or dust is allowed to pass through into the throttle assy, the throttle may become stuck, possibly causing accident.
CAUTION
If dirt gets through into the engine, excessive engine wear and possibly engine damage will occur.
•Remove:
Fuel Tank (see Fuel Tank Removal in the Fuel System (DFI) chapter)
Air Switching Valve Hose [A]
Air Cleaner Element Screw [B]
Air Cleaner Element [C]
•Remove:
Upper Plastic Holder [A]
Element [B]
NOTE
○The wire screen [A] is fastened with an adhesive for the shaded portion [B]. Do not remove the wire screen.
WARNING
Clean the element in a well-ventilated area, and make sure that there are no sparks or flame anywhere near the working area. Because of the danger of highly flammable liquids, do not use gasoline or a low-flash point solvent to clean the element.
•Clean the element [A] in a bath of high-flash point solvent, and then dry it with compressed air or by shaking it.
•After cleaning, saturate a clean, lint-free towel with SE, SF, or SG class SAE 30 oil and apply the oil to the element by tapping the element outside with the towel.
•Visually check the element for tears or breaks.
•If the element has any tears or breaks, replace the element.
•Install the element unit [A] with the foam element side (gray) [B] facing down."
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Thanks Invader.

I never have a bike with OEM washable (non paper element) filter... Wow... That is good, right?



Just wondering, can I use the K&N stuff to clean and oil? I might still got those in the garage somewhere...

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can I use the K&N stuff to clean and oil?
That's what I use, so I guess the answer is yes.
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Bloddy hell, Invader...Every time I read your post my shopping list grows longer.
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The OEM filter is washable and uses filter oil like a K&N?

This is surprising to me, as this type of air filter is uncommon as an OEM set-up.

I have yet to look inside the airbox.

Anyone got a picture of the OEM filter?
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i see some of you guys are using K&N filters but they dont meake them...where are you getting them from?

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The OEM filter is washable and uses filter oil like a K&N?

This is surprising to me, as this type of air filter is uncommon as an OEM set-up.

I have yet to look inside the airbox.

Anyone got a picture of the OEM filter?
Search the forums, using "Best performance air filter". Pictures in there.
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Thanks Invader.

I never have a bike with OEM washable (non paper element) filter... Wow... That is good, right?



Just wondering, can I use the K&N stuff to clean and oil? I might still got those in the garage somewhere...
You can use the K&N filter cleaner, but that K&N pleated cotton gauze filter oil is pretty thin and weak... Not much better than 30W engine oil, but it's better than nothing.
Maxima's Fab-1 synthetic air filter oil has super tacky polymer and co-polymer additives that attract and hold onto virtually all fine dust particles. Its waterproof base also prevents oil “wash out” of the filter.

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i see some of you guys are using K&N filters but they dont meake them...where are you getting them from?
Nobody has the non-existent K&N air filter in their Versys... BMC and DNA has a similar pleated cotton gauze filter available, and Pipercross has a two stage open cell polyurethane foam (6 microns) air filter element.
Pashnit seels the Pipercross MPX113 for $76.99 + $5.00 shipping. Strangely enough, it says: "How to order your K&N Filter" to order a Pipercross filter.
http://www.pashnit.com/product/pipercross.html#buynow

I strongly recommend the Pipercross filter for far superior protection from finer particles, and less restriction from buildup than the thin pleated cotton gauze air filters. It also seals better in the airbox, especially compared to the DNA which does nonetheless have a slightly better filtering element than the BMC. "The included foam pieces on the BMC filter does not come installed. They also do not adhere very well to the air filter--a simple problem that super glue was able to fix."

Stock filter as seen from above. Thick framed steel mesh on the other side:


Here's how a Santa Ana California owner's original filter looked after only 7200 miles:


Pipercross # MPX113:


BMC # 438/04:


DNA # P-K6N06-01:
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You can use the K&N filter cleaner, but that K&N pleated cotton gauze filter oil is pretty thin and weak... Not much better than 30W engine oil, but it's better than nothing.
Maxima's Fab-1 synthetic air filter oil has super tacky polymer and co-polymer additives tha attract and hold onto virtually all fine dust particles. Its waterproof base also prevents oil “wash out” of the filter.
Thanks Invader! Appreciated!

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i would not suggest that mpx113 pipercross filter for versys.
its very very thick for the versys airbox and it needs oiling to fit....
mine end up in garbage after 4000km typical check,i found it in bad shape teared apart.
i will up some photos to see and make your own conclusions
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i would not suggest that mpx113 pipercross filter for versys.
its very very thick for the versys airbox and it needs oiling to fit....
mine end up in garbage after 4000km typical check,i found it in bad shape teared apart.
i will up some photos to see and make your own conclusions
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Pipercross MPX113 has a great snug fit and it seals up very well. You just have to grease the edges and fit it in carefully. Airbox should be seperated to clean, and care should be taken when fitting any type of air filter, chanelling it properly in the airbox's filter grooves and sharp center support panel.
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post #18 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 12:01 AM
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Wow Invader, ...thanks for the great info! I live here in Southern California, and have a 2010 Versys that's coming up on its first filter check. I was looking for a high performance filter to go with the Two Brothers Exhaust & Juice Box Pro I just bought for it. Sounds like the Pipercross is the way to go!
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I do love my Pipercross air filter, but I wonder if their new design is out already.

Pipercross are looking for help
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post #20 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 12:24 AM
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Will the new design be a easier fit?
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