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Hi Guys,

I got my bike 2.5 months ago(14 years old, looking and performing like new 2007 yamaha v-star 1100 classic). After the mechanic inspection (when I got it), I replace some replaceable things to be sure when and what was installed and how it looks. Supposedly the las tune-up was half a year (500 miles) before I got it. But, no written records of it - so I do not need to trust it).

Yesterday I replaced the air filter for a new Yamaha filter. I checked the housing, no oil residue, clean). I noticed that the old filter was the YA-199 K&N Replacement Air Filter, which is nicely built and - washable (to last 'forever'). They also sell the cleaner and the oil for the cleaning/oiling of the filter after the wash.

*** So, my questions are:
Do many of the Star 1100 riders use such filters?
Do you wash them, and if so, how? How many times do you re-use them, if at all?
Do they really perform better than the original? (Original filter looks like made of paper, whereas K&N is a cotton gauze - which is better).
And, if you reuse it, how do you oil it (and is it necessary at all)?

I hope that you will address that. I would appreciate if you did.
 

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I use a Barons dry filter. Kinda as a rule of thumb oiled filter will get better flow but a little less on the filtering. Dry filter will filter a little better but air flow would be a little less. My dry filter has a life span that is less than the oiled. I can blow it out a few times then will have to replace.
 

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I use a Barons dry filter. Kinda as a rule of thumb oiled filter will get better flow but a little less on the filtering. Dry filter will filter a little better but air flow would be a little less. My dry filter has a life span that is less than the oiled. I can blow it out a few times then will have to replace.
Thanks. I like Baron products. I have already the oil filter relocation kit (great), and I have just bought Baron mixture screws. They will wait until I want to mess with the carb though. How knows when. So far I am pretty happy how it works.
That is the reason I was asking about the filter. I do not want to change the air flow - it would affect the mixture, and do not wan to re-adjust anything now.
 

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Thanks. I like Baron products. I have already the oil filter relocation kit (great), and I have just bought Baron mixture screws. They will wait until I want to mess with the carb though. How knows when. So far I am pretty happy how it works.
That is the reason I was asking about the filter. I do not want to change the air flow - it would affect the mixture, and do not wan to re-adjust anything now.
in my experience putting K&N air filters in different bikes, it does make the bike a tiny bit leaner on some. On my VTX 1300 I noticed it right away. It had a slight hesitation at quarter throttle. Turning the air fuel mixture screw out a bit fixed it right up. On my V Star 1300 there's no difference at all with the K&N. Probably because it's fuel injected and the computer is compensating a little bit for the leanness. One thing's for sure, it's not going to get any more performance without adding fuel.
 

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I use a Barons dry filter. Kinda as a rule of thumb oiled filter will get better flow but a little less on the filtering. Dry filter will filter a little better but air flow would be a little less. My dry filter has a life span that is less than the oiled. I can blow it out a few times then will have to replace.
Not trying to correct you, but I think you got it backwards there. The more oil you put on a filter the less air will flow through it.

Edit: I misunderstood what you were saying. It was early and I hadn't had coffee yet LOL
 

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When it comes to cleaning a K&N, if you have the K & N Cleaning Solutions , you spray the cleaner on, let it sit for a little bit and then spray it out with hot water. Let it dry overnight. When you oil it, you spray very lightly. You don't want to soak the filter. You want a light coating because if you put too much it will not breathe. If you put too little oil on it it won't filter out fine particulate. Hope this helps
 

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not a problem like i said it is gereral for specifics you would have to refer to the ISO test results for a specific filter.
You know what, I think I misunderstood what you were saying. I thought you were talking about using an unoiled K and N but you were talking about a dry filter. So my apologies
 

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in my experience putting K&N air filters in different bikes, it does make the bike a tiny bit leaner on some. On my VTX 1300 I noticed it right away. It had a slight hesitation at quarter throttle. Turning the air fuel mixture screw out a bit fixed it right up. On my V Star 1300 there's no difference at all with the K&N. Probably because it's fuel injected and the computer is compensating a little bit for the leanness. One thing's for sure, it's not going to get any more performance without adding fuel.
Thanks. I was expecting that. That is why, since the bike was tuned with it a year ago, I wanted to make sure that it's worthy to put it back, when I clean it. I do not want any changes.
 
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