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Engine - General, Exhaust & Induction Topics about the general engine items, exhaust system discussed here & Improving the intake tract - air filter to intake valve.

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Old 01-13-2008, 05:57 PM   #1
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I've ran K&N open element filter in my car off the throttle body, it got horribly dirty just over a few months, I can't even clean it, i've seen some others using a motorcycles ram air intake that just has a wire mesh in it. I was wondering where i could buy some of this wire mesh so i can finish up my CAI. If i can't buy the mesh, where can i find one of those motorcycle intakes? TIA!

Edit, something like this guys setup, but i want to make it funtion in the front nose as a ram air real ram air setup.
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if the filter is doing its job, its gonna get dirty, duh. if you put on some other kind of filter that doesnt get as dirty, then its letting that dirt pass into the engine.
you do of course also realize that a reusable air filter is never gonna look like new, even after washing it? it gets stained, and loses the red coloring in the cotton as it is washed. and of course it doesnt have to be pristine clean to work.
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if the filter is doing its job, its gonna get dirty, duh. if you put on some other kind of filter that doesnt get as dirty, then its letting that dirt pass into the engine.
you do of course also realize that a reusable air filter is never gonna look like new, even after washing it? it gets stained, and loses the red coloring in the cotton as it is washed. and of course it doesnt have to be pristine clean to work.
I know about filters gettings dirty, but i've tried recharging this filter, but you can't wash out grim and oil from it, plus i've noticed the filter material is falling apart. At this point i'd rather look for a easier to clean wire mesh filter and use it as part of a ram-air intake.

I've been searching though google but can't really find anything i'm looking for. Looks like just a velocity stack with a fine wire mesh installed.
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:50 PM   #4
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turn in the filter under the 1 million mile guarantee if it is a KN
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:50 PM   #5
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turn in the filter under the 1 million mile guarantee if it is a KN
agreed, or if not, buy one. Yeah the stuff that ends up on the filter would otherwise end up in the engine, and you don't want that.

if you are dead set on the fine screen, have you checked at something like a hardware store that sell wire screen. i don't know how small of mesh they have, but i would def use only wire screen.
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agreed, or if not, buy one. Yeah the stuff that ends up on the filter would otherwise end up in the engine, and you don't want that.

if you are dead set on the fine screen, have you checked at something like a hardware store that sell wire screen. i don't know how small of mesh they have, but i would def use only wire screen.
Yeah, I bought the K&N filter a couple years ago, but I don't have my receipt of purchase, also they void it if its been used for modifying. I could just buy another filter for about 20'ish and end up in the same boat over time. but i'm just looking into running some piping up to one of my front air dams in the nose on my 90 daytona for a ram air effect, and putting some steel wire mesh of different sizes for protection, like a 10 mesh or so on the nose to help with insects and foreign object, then behind that have the piping covered with a 30-60mesh. I'd also look into one of those AEM water bypass peices so I don't hydrolock my engine
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:34 PM   #7
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Yeah, I bought the K&N filter a couple years ago, but I don't have my receipt of purchase, also they void it if its been used for modifying. I could just buy another filter for about 20'ish and end up in the same boat over time. but i'm just looking into running some piping up to one of my front air dams in the nose on my 90 daytona for a ram air effect, and putting some steel wire mesh of different sizes for protection, like a 10 mesh or so on the nose to help with insects and foreign object, then behind that have the piping covered with a 30-60mesh. I'd also look into one of those AEM water bypass peices so I don't hydrolock my engine
have you though about making a sealed airbox and running the ram air into that, with a cone KN inside, and then add some mesh on the grill. This way you get the ram air, and it's clean cold air from the front of your car, so you aren't picking up the warm air from behind the radiator that is getting dirt and oil all over your KN? Seams like it would make it last longer, and if you keep the receipt, then if it doesn't, you can just keep exchanging it for new ones.
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:59 PM   #8
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Is this what you are looking for While we find your parts, please enter your ZIP Code at PartsAmerica.com

I would stay with the K&N though
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I replaced a similar filter 2 years ago or so, and I ordered some really fine wire mesh here:

Belleville Wire Cloth

They're located in jersey, and they had the really dine grade of mesh that I needed to do the trick. I forget the exact mesh that i needed but I think they called it maybe 100 x 100 wire cloth or something like that. Wasn't too pricey and has withstood the test of time well over the last 2 years.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:13 PM   #10
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You can check them out on the web too but I don't have the link.

bwire.com or something.
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