Studebaker Air Filter = GARBAGE
I recently purchased a K&N style reusable air filter from a reputable on-line KLR retailer. When the part showed up in the mail it turned out to be from Studebaker.
When I opened up the box the filter was so chock full of filter oil that the zip lock bag it was in had a puddle of oil in it. This took me by surprise since in my experience over oiling a filter can be just as bad as under oiling it.
I removed the stock air filter off my bike and installed the new Studebaker oil filter. Before I buttoned the bike back up I tried to start it and the bike simply would not run. I could get it to start and if I held the throttle open it would run, but as soon as I tried to let it idle it would die. I put the original filter back in and the bike ran fine. Since the thing was basically dripping oil I decided that it needed to be cleaned dried and re-oiled which I did - actually I cleaned and dried it twice since it was such as oily mess. I re-oiled it today and put it on the bike and viola it started and idled just fine. So I took it for a test ride and wow - the bike really ran like crap. Under any sort of acceleration the bike would hesitate and the motor would lug, this was especially apparent in 4th gear around 3000rpm. If I twisted the throttle to speed up the bike would hesitate and acceleration was rough. I took the bike home swapped in the original dirty filter and took the bike for another spin and it ran like a top no hesitation, no motor lugging, no nothing, just my KLR running great like it has for all of the 2800 miles I have put on it.
I have contacted Studebaker and expressed my disappointment in their product. I was told that they would rather send the filter over oiled to protect my bike against an under oiled filter? WTF? and that leaving the filter to sit on some paper towels for a few hours would have drained the excess oil. Sounds like a load of BS to me and they did offer me a free filter cleaning kit which I accepted, but as of an hour ago my Studebaker filter has taken up residence in the garbage can.
I have used re-usable filters in the past, and the reason for this purchase was that all my other vehicles have K& N style filters and being able to use the same detergent and oil on all of them is just easier that messing with different stuff for different filters. Even after two cleanings this filter was still red (typically they turn a pale pink? - at least the real K&N ones do). Anyhow my best estimation is that even after the 2 cleanings it was still to full of oil to let the bike breathe and that's what was causing it to run like crap. Anybody else have this experience?