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K&N vs Spectre performance air filters #5118097
05/28/19 11:32 AM
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Does any one have any experience with the difference related to K&N and Spectre (Red) washable performance air filters? The K&N is double the price of the Spectre. I am looking to change the white paper one on my 70 Chevelle SS.

Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118105
05/28/19 11:39 AM
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I've used the Spectre ones in the past. They claim a synthetic media on their website and that's different from the K&N which is supposed to use cotton material. I have since gone back to the OE style air filters but I never noticed anything wrong with the Spectre filters. Intake said of the air box always looked clean.


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Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118116
05/28/19 11:53 AM
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If the engine sees dust, keep the paper filter.


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Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118121
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I would not touch a K&N or any other like filter after seeing the dirt in my intake let in. I tried every oil and it just plain and simple lets dirt in. I myself will pass.

Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118136
05/28/19 12:12 PM
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Spectre air filters always struck me as chintzy. Between the two, I'd choose K&N.

You also have aFe, Green, Airaid, AEM, and Amsoil if you want a quality filter. aFe, AEM, and Amsoil all offer oil-less filters for your application.


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Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118192
05/28/19 01:31 PM
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Has anyone realized a performance benefit with the air filters mentioned?

Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118197
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Originally Posted by 007
Has anyone realized a performance benefit with the air filters mentioned?


Typically a stock air filter flows more than enough air for a stock engine. If you have a non-stock engine? Then there could be an issue.


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Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118216
05/28/19 01:54 PM
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50-70hp, at least, and 2 seconds off 0-60 time. Consumption? At least 40-45mpg regardless of an engine.


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Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: edyvw] #5118218
05/28/19 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by edyvw
50-70hp, at least, and 2 seconds off 0-60 time. Consumption? At least 40-45mpg regardless of an engine.

And if they told you that wolverines made good house pets would you believe that too?


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Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: kschachn] #5118226
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Originally Posted by kschachn
Originally Posted by edyvw
50-70hp, at least, and 2 seconds off 0-60 time. Consumption? At least 40-45mpg regardless of an engine.

And if they told you that wolverines made good house pets would you believe that too?

LOL, sense sarcasm.

Last edited by edyvw; 05/28/19 02:05 PM.

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Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: rooflessVW] #5118242
05/28/19 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by rooflessVW
Spectre air filters always struck me as chintzy. Between the two, I'd choose K&N.



This. My feelings exactly.


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Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118249
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2018 KIA Sportage LX 2.4 AWD:
Now:QSAD 5W-20, PH9688
Next: VSB 5W-30, COS3593A

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T:
Now: PP 5W-30, OE
Next: M1HM 10W-30, PH9688
Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118306
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I'm curious to find out if there's any way to increase air flow of a stock air box, but continuing to use the stock paper element. I have never seen any aftermarket high flow filters that filter as well as the OEM paper element, which is why I won't use them...

Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118392
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I like AFE ProDry air filters


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Re: K&N vs Spectre performance air filters [Re: 007] #5118538
05/28/19 06:55 PM
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My uncle's bone stock '65 El Camino with a 283 and 4 speed ran high 12's on stock tires with a K&N...


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