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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-21-2018, 12:53 PM
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Do the math. If you keep the bike for 80,000 miles then you are investing in 8 air filters. 8 times $35 is $280, which is still less than what you would spend for a K&N and a fuel processor. And the oem filters will do a substantially better job of filtering the dust, dirt and sand that you just mentioned. There is zero advantage to slapping a K&N in these bikes.

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The result is a huge amount of small particle dirt and debris that gets stuck to vaporized oil from the filter, which then clogs your throttle body and intake runners. The mess isn't pretty
So. I think i am actually having this problem. I wish i had known about it beforehand this past winter, but i saw a few videos online and thought it was a good idea.
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12k miles.....??? I'm doing that every 10 months.

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I'm assuming that most of this same information would hold true with a Baron Big Air Kit. I had myself pretty much talked into the Big Air Kit, but now that I've dug a little deeper and read a lot of comments here, I don't think that the relatively small boost in horsepower is going to be a worthy tradeoff.
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The Baron Big Air kit uses a K&N style filter. By the time you pay for the kit, the processor, the pipes and find a usable tune for the bike, you've spent a bunch of $$$ and gained all of 5 hp. Save your hard earned cash.

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The Baron Big Air kit uses a K&N style filter. By the time you pay for the kit, the processor, the pipes and find a usable tune for the bike, you've spent a bunch of $$$ and gained all of 5 hp. Save your hard earned cash.
Yep, and that is the same conclusion that I came to. I already have Cobra pipes, but I would have to get the processor along with the kit since I am no longer running stock pipes. Just too much hassle and money to gain a small amount of hp. If additional power was that important to me, I would just buy a more powerful bike and be done with it. Plus, I've heard that the "sucking" sound from upgraded air kits can be kind of annoying. I'm going to just add that money to my custom paint job fund.
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The C50 is what it is. No matter how much money you throw at it you aren't going to gain much. Enjoy it for what it is, if not get something bigger.
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K&N=fraud

I have used them, but no more. I read too many bad things about how they let a lot of fine dirt into the engine.
I have stayed with paper on all my vehicles.

A lot of race cars use them, yes-but those engines are torn down and rebuilt after they run a race. In those cases, K&N might make sense. Heck, some race engines might just window screen for a filter.

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The only performance mods worth doing IMO are aftermarket pipes (for the sound only they wont change performance) and the C90 drive if you do a lot of highway miles/touring. Fuel processors are only worth it on bikes which are purposely massively detuned from the factory, and so upgrading the intake and fueling will net you noticeable gains, like pretty much all Harley Davidson models.
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