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#4515988 - 09/14/17 10:23 AM K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle)
1foxracing Offline


Registered: 01/20/14
Posts: 195
Loc: OH
If you're running one of these on your bike I would remove it immediately. It's already been banned by many track day companies and you will not be permitted on a race track with this filter installed. I remember when this happened with Fram filters many years ago when they were blowing the threads of the filter and spraying the track down with oil.
https://www.knfilters.com/recallkn204

A friend suffering the consequences

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#4516011 - 09/14/17 10:41 AM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
dogememe Offline


Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 597
Loc: SF BAY AREA, CA
Just another reason to hate K&N - at work we sell both K&N and Wix filters for motorcycle applications and I've always recommended Wix. Who needs the stupid nut anyway??
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#4516022 - 09/14/17 10:54 AM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
Reddy45 Online   shocked


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2967
Loc: USA
So this won't impact the Hiflofiltro 204 which is the same filter but without the nut.

People just need to stop putting oil filters on so tight that there needs to be a nut on the housing to remove it.

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#4516058 - 09/14/17 11:26 AM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3970
Loc: New England
I'm glad the OPer's friend had plenty of room to scrub off speed after the failure before he finally went down! Could have been so much worse...

I thought the whole top nut thing was such a great idea when I was first buying oil filters, then I realized it basically did nothing for me in my application. I'll have to make sure the one K&N oil filter I have left hasn't been recalled before I give it away.
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#4516066 - 09/14/17 11:36 AM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
Neely97 Offline


Registered: 06/13/06
Posts: 370
Loc: Texas
Nuts !
The irony is KN promotes these for racing because the nut can be safety wired to prevent spillage.
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#4516110 - 09/14/17 12:29 PM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 17771
Loc: PNW
K&N is putting their butts on the line for lawsuits if someone crashes as a result of a filter failure.

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#4516111 - 09/14/17 12:31 PM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
ammolab Offline


Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 995
Loc: Ruidoso, NM USA
Nut weld on K&N filter blew on my Son's CR-V. Big mess but no damage.
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#4516120 - 09/14/17 12:47 PM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
Kool1 Offline


Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 906
Loc: California
Please post the outcome of your friend's damage claim against K&N.

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#4516145 - 09/14/17 01:20 PM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
FastLane Offline


Registered: 12/10/14
Posts: 448
Loc: MB - Manitoba
K&N makes junk. A lot of "performance" parts are junk IMO.
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#4516146 - 09/14/17 01:21 PM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
FastLane Offline


Registered: 12/10/14
Posts: 448
Loc: MB - Manitoba
Also add your lucky your friend didn't get hurt or worse...
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#4516154 - 09/14/17 01:37 PM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
NoNameJoe Offline


Registered: 06/03/15
Posts: 414
Loc: New York
We've seen this before, oil leaking from the filter at the nut they weld on. People have posted pictures showing the inside of the can where the nut is, showing cracks where the metal fatigued.

As far as I'm concerned that nut is one time use only, nobody should ever use the nut to tighten it down or take it off with the nut and then put the filter back on, it should be used to remove it and dispose of it afterward.

I think the nut is a stupid idea, given how easy it is to take a filter off if it's put on properly and the complications it introduces, more failure points. If someone reefed a filter on too tight I doubt the nut would help anyone at that point anyway, would probably just shear off the dome end.

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#4516193 - 09/14/17 02:28 PM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
FastLane Offline


Registered: 12/10/14
Posts: 448
Loc: MB - Manitoba
You can have a nut without issues it just needs to be done properly.

My airplane's oil filter has a nut and is lock wired. Im not concerned that its going to leak.
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#4516319 - 09/14/17 05:10 PM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: 1foxracing]
slacktide_bitog Online   content


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6145
Loc: USA
The nut didn't have these issues when Champ made them!

The bad nuts happened once K&N started outsourcing to Mexico and Korea

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#4516913 - 09/15/17 10:00 AM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: Kool1]
1foxracing Offline


Registered: 01/20/14
Posts: 195
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: Kool1
Please post the outcome of your friend's damage claim against K&N.


They paid his claim of $1400
https://ohioriders.net/index.php?/topic/...comment-1540902

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#4517008 - 09/15/17 11:46 AM Re: K&N-204 oil filter recall (Motorcycle) [Re: FastLane]
DudeNiceRide Offline


Registered: 10/14/15
Posts: 53
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: FastLane
K&N makes junk. A lot of "performance" parts are junk IMO.


K&N doesn't "make" anything. They are a brand name that is slapped on the product & box by the lowest bidder contract manufacturer. Same with STP. FRAM, Wix, Purolator all make their own filters (at least the ones with decent volume). The cats & dog low-runner models are generally purchased from China/India/Mexico.


Edited by DudeNiceRide (09/15/17 11:58 AM)
Edit Reason: added info

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