4 Steps to a Longer-lasting Motorcycle Air Filter

One of the most frequent questions I field as a tech here at Kuryakyn is, “How do I care for the K&N air filter in my Kuryakyn air cleaner?” It’s no secret that K&N manufactures some of the best-flowing air filters on the market, and if you maintain them properly, they can outlast the bike on which they’re mounted. 

So it only makes sense that the best way to properly clean and oil your K&N filter is by using a K&N filter care kit.  This little package comes with everything you need to maintain your filter. The spray cleaner helps remove the dirt trapped in the cotton of the filter. And the kit contains oil so you can re-oil the filter after it’s been cleaned. Below is the step-by-step process — and pictures to boot! on how to properly clean and oil your K&N filter, using the process outlined on K&N’s own website.

Step 1. Apply Cleaner: Liberally spray the cleaner on the inside and outside of the filter.  Allow the oil to soak into the filter for about 10 minutes to loosen the dirt.  Whatever you do, don’t allow the cleaner to dry on the filter.

Step 2. Rinse Filter: After allowing the filter to soak in the cleaner, you can rinse the filter using cool low-pressure water. Allowing the water to flow from the clean side of the filter to the dirty will push the dirt out of the filter.

Step 3. Dry Filter: It’s most important that you make sure the filter is completely dry before you oil it. After rinsing the filter give it a good shake to remove any excess water. Then allow the filter to dry naturally. No microwave oven action and don’t use your wife’s or daughter’s hairdryer.

Step 4. Oil Filter: Once the filter is completely dry you can apply the oil. Spray the air filter oil evenly along the crown of each pleat, holding the nozzle about three inches away. Allow the oil to wick for about 20 minutes. Touch up any light spots. The filter should have an even red color all around.

By following these four simple steps, you’ll ensure that your K&N filter will be around as long as your bike.

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