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post #21 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 01:30 PM
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I have one, it's great...
So it fits with ease? Which means it's different than the earlier K&N filters that have been used but had to be crunched or more firmly inserted?

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So it fits with ease? Which means it's different than the earlier K&N filters that have been used but had to be crunched or more firmly inserted?
Of course...I don't know what everyone is talking about. Go to K&N's website, they have an application for our Tbirds. The part number is TB-1610.

Check it out.
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I believe this to be correct. The part number that I got that did NOT work correctly was: TB-8002.

What everyone else is talking about is buying a K&N filter before they had a p/n for the TBird. See, the factory filter is made with a thick foam ring top and bottom which allows for some irregularities in shape at the bottom of the TBirds airbox. The K&N filter p/n for America and Speedmaster was originally offered as a suitable replacement for the TBird as well - but the K&N has a hard rubber ring top and bottom and did not allow for a "soft seal" and so 1/3 of the forward left side would get crunched. Many of us learned this the hard way. Glad to hear they had the correct part made and available for when you ordered yours. I am currently running a UNI filter and despite all their claims I do not think it is a good a filter as K&N. If it were, all your high end cars would be running oiled foam filters, but they don't - they run K&N. This is good news for me - I will be getting a K&N one of these days - might have to wash out and re-oil the UNI a few times tho to justify the cost.

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What's a matter with the Triumph High Performance Foam Filter? Does the K & N flow better?
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The Triumph hi/flo is a foam oiled filter - practically identical to the UNI except that you can actually remove the foam from the Triumph filter for easier cleaning. Yes I believe the K&N flows better. I Just trust high grade cotton, over foam. Scientifically I'm not sure which one is better - you can read reports of both claiming to be better. Also if you buy K&N from K&N or a outlet source online, you will pay about $20 less than buying the Triumph filter from Triumph.

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I don't think the K&N flows any better. I once removed mine and ran around the block and noticed nothing. I also saw a test once that suggested as much. The UNI is cheaper and easier to clean. I think it's the better choice, tho i think the triumph is even better for the easier cleaning. But it's also $85 vs $28 for the UNI. Had a UNI on my speedy too....no reason to change, as they are perfect,. No issues of any kind at all. Plus i just feel foam cleans up better. Nothing sticks to foam and dirt flows away quickly and completely with a little dish soap. i then squeeze paper towels in it to soak up the main moisture and blow dry it from there and it's back in and ready to ride in -5-10 minutes start to finish.
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I know - you're probably right - I sit on the UNI every day and don't even think about it and that's just it...I don't WANT to be thinking about my air filter. I want to be thinking about what it's going to feel like sitting on a 1700 soon...

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Daryl the 1700 will make it more smiles per mile. Well I was just curious, as I run Uni filters on my Thruxton also and according to Carlos at TPUSA it's the best way to go.
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The differences, I'm sure with all of these filters, are negligible. However don't forget where K&N got their start...making high flow air filters for Motorcycles.
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My dealer charged me $76.49 for the Triumph filter (part #A9610045) which I'm installing when I put on the hogslayers in about two weeks.
I'll need to add a storage shed to keep all the replaced parts! What do you do with a spare CAT - spray paint it yellow and use it as a boat anchor?!

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