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post #1 of 4 Old 12-30-2014, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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K&P Engineering replacement Oil Filters

I did a search but was unable to find any discussion on this filer replacement. Has anyone replaced their OEM filter with one from K and P Engineering reusable filters? I would post a link but I'm considered a newbie so that's how that goes. Guess you'll need to cut and paste the link below.

Looks as though the KLR filter is $69. Since they are cleanable with brake fluid it would be good to have two since they need to be dry before installation. That way you don't need to wait for the one to be cleaned and dried.

Would like to hear what you guys think. If there's a thread already discussing this please let me know.

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-30-2014, 03:10 PM
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I think if I were on a round-the-world trip, where I couldn't guarantee having replacement filters when i needed them, I'd consider the stainless filter.

For my purposes, though, that filter represents the cost that would be incurred in the course of 100,000 miles of cheap, readily available, effective, and disposable filters from HiFloFiltro, Emgo, and the like.

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-31-2014, 07:15 PM
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I agree with Tom S. on this one.

IMO, too many owners may make what I consider a mistake, dropping a wire screen filter into a bucket of solvent or gas and giving it a good swirling, sloshing, agitating Bath!
My question is, how many crumbs found their way into the Inside of the filter?

Better to just let a 'permanent' screen type, KLR filter to just drip-out.
Inspect for scary, ugly, mass volumes of particulates, and Re-Install. IMO only.

I like disposable oil filters.

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Apparently I also now agree with Tom S. and pdwestman. I like to take long boarder to boarder dirt road type trips. Most small towns on these routes don't have a Kawasaki dealer much less one that has a KLR oil filter in stock.

I used to just take a few filters with me but, I didn't like giving up the space and sometimes crushing the filters in my saddle bags. So, for the last trip from Houston up to Canada to ride the eastern half of the Trans-Canada Adventure Trail (TCAT) and back to Houston I just put in a stainless steel filter. I don't recall the brand right now.

I just put a thumb and a finger over the openings and sloshed it around in a Submarine Sandwich bag with some gas in it. Then I put the air filter in the same bag and cleaned it. I sling a little gas out of the oil filter and squeeze some out of the air filter and reinstall them figuring they will manage to dry themselves.

I buy my oil at the small town auto parts store and they let me use their oil pan and some paper towels. They also let me clean my hands and top off my little aspirin bottle of hand cleaner from their jug at the sink.

It is quick and easy. I keep the half liter of oil left from the change for top-offs on the trail. I don't treat the KLR as nicely as some others do but, it is a stout bike and doesn't need the care that a BMW or a KTM dose. It is a 2008 and in 2012 I bought a 2011 as a replacement for it when I wear it out. It is still going at 105K miles and the poor 2011 has only seen 15K miles.

The bottom line is that I look for ways to make my rides simpler and more fun. The ss cleanable oil filter and Subway Sandwich bags have both helped. The bags are the perfect size for cleaning both filters and strong too. The sandwiches are not bad either.

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