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K&N Oil Filters Failing

Postby Grip Fast » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:43 pm

Have you guys heard about the catastrophic failure of some K&N oil filters?

I ordered one for my other bike (Tiger 800) a couple of days ago, and received the email that it's on it's way about 5 minutes before reading a thread about folks who have had them fail and dump oil out. It seems that the nut that is brazed on for handy tightening/removal is the problem. The brazing may be damaging the can and after some time, the can springs a leak.


Discussions on some forums would indicate that this problem goes beyond the those covered by the recall.

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Re: K&N Oil Filters Failing

Postby Boxered » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:38 pm

I've heard tales of that nut breaking clean off, leaving no way to remove the remnants of the filter on a R11S as the filter is recessed :shock:
One of the reasons that I always stick to OE consumables.

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Re: K&N Oil Filters Failing

Postby dark_knight87 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:03 pm

I have used them on my R1150R for the last couple of years - on the R1150R the filter is recessed up into the motor so doesn't stick out of the bottom to get caught - as regard to the nut coming off - oil filters should only be tightened gently and not 'swung on', which I suspect is the issue with the accounts of them being an issue.

Just my opinion!

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Re: K&N Oil Filters Failing

Postby boxerscott » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:46 pm

I agree with that. In the past on recessed filters I have had to secure the removal cap/tool with self tappers to get the blighter out. I do not buy k and n filters. Too expensive if you change filter every year regardless of mileage. (like lots of us do.)
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