K&N Engineering has been around for decades working with gauze air filters.
K&N started with universal pod filters and grew ever more
sophisticated. Things really took off when K&N branched out to the
automotive industry, first hoping to persuade racers using K&N
filters on their race machinery to protect and enhance the performance
of the family bike hauler with a K&N filter. The automotive standard
remains a dry-paper throwaway filter. In some cases, a K&N
automotive air filter is more expensive than the stock throwaway filter,
but the oiled filter protects better and saves money in the long run.
With an oiled gauze filter, you clean and oil it many times. Eventually,
as stock filter systems for powersports got better, K&N looked for
areas to expand. Then came intake systems and other products. Throughout
all this history, K&N remains committed to the off-road powersports
company kindly allows Dirt Wheels to use their dyno when we have
products that we need to test. Most frequently, those products are
exhaust systems. K&N has no ties with exhaust companies, so the dyno
is considered neutral ground. While we were at K&N for a dyno test,
we were offered a brief tour of the facility and were shocked at the
size and scope of the operation. Since we found the tour fascinating, we
chose to shoot photos along the way so we could share.
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WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear. Copyright 2008 Hi-Torque Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Console Login