High Performance Air?
Reviewed By Walter M (Buffalo, NY) Reviewed for a
—9/24/2005 8:20 AM
When it came time to install my new K&N air filter in my 1995 Pontiac Bonneville GSE, at first, I thought it was the wrong one. I seemed to be an inch or so too big to fit. OK, OK so you can't install it backwards!
My first impression on a `shake down cruise' was that the K&N filter was undetectable. As time went on, I found the filter to be undetectable. Look, my cars too fast already, it's not easy to detect `faster' or more 'power' in it and I think it will be awhile before I can rack up 100,000 miles on it.
So why am I writing a review on K&N air filters you may ask? Well, I'm glad you asked. In 1979 I purchased a new 1978 Suzuki GS1000 EN motorcycle. I immediately removed the two standard equipment anchors (exhaust pipes) and installed a Kerker, 4 into 1 single walled header in their place. The increase in performance was absolutely undetectable. The pipes were guaranteed to work with standard jetting too. Upon returning to my friendly neighborhood motorcycle shop, the mechanic recommended installing a K&N air filter in place of the paper element one. More air out, more air in sounded pretty logical. After lubing up my new filter (they didn't come pre-oiled ready to go as they do today), waiting the appropriate time, I popped it in the bike's air box and went for a run. The increase in performance was, shall I say AWESOME! Whose bike is this anyway? Whoa, it's mine! It was unbelievable! Now since I didn't believe it, I switched back to the `new' original equipment filter and then pulled slowly away from the curb onto the pavement and proceeded down the highway. Now it felt like I was on my bike, much like a motorized ROCK! Needless to say I put the K&N back in and have since put 60,000 `red line' miles on my 1978 Suzuki GS1000 EN. Oh, I might mention too that I have never had to make any repairs to that motor and it still runs like a Swiss watch. The bike has never been off the road and has been known to get 52mpg. tank to tank. In fact it's in my garage now, waiting for me to return ho