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Old 03-21-2011, 04:58 PM
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Opinions on resuable 14 inch air cleaners

Hello guys I am getting ready to install a new better type throttle cable bracket on my holley carb this coming weekend but I am needing to replace my air filter.

I am going to be putting a holley street avenger on my engine but for some clearance issues I have to use a one inch spacer on my 350 sbc and on the passenger side using a dual feed line hookup if I don't use a spacer my line hookup will hit my heater hose hookup coming out the front of my intake manifold. Plus the other reason is for my brake booster hookup on the rear of my intake with out the spacer I can't fit my elbow fitting.

I was going to use a drop base air cleaner so I can go back to a 14x3 air filter but I can't cause it will hit my bracket on the return spring part. I currently use a 14x2 plain paper filter at the moment but would like to have some opinions on the reusable type air filters you can buy.

Are they any good for trapping even the tiniest of particles and I have read some bad things about the spray you have to put on them causing issues with clogging up on carburetors or damaging sensors and stuff. I have read that the k & n type filters let more dirt past.

And last question are there any reusable type that I can just install and once its dirty just clean it out with something like simple green and just let it air dry and reinstall with out any special spray. Hope some users out there can give me a hand here. I am looking to get a 14x2 size.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:56 PM
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Paper filters are cheap and do a better job. Stick with those.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:15 PM
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There's a reason why K&N filters have sold so well, and for so long...cause they work. No, they don't let MORE stuff through, hence why they're oiled. I run them on my IMCA stock car, and after a nasty night in the dirt, the outside is GROSS. But the inside of the air cleaner and carb is spotless...just saying.
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Well after reading on some more stuff about them and pros and cons and so many opinions I figured I would get some responses here as I am sure many on here use them. I will have to wait to get some more responses and decide if I will go with one or not. Thanks guys
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Well guys I am going to give up on the idea of a reusable air filter. Opinions and results will vary from what I have read and can't really get a good idea on if the k and n type let too much fine dust by. I am just going to have to ditch the throttle bracket I got and go with something else and just use my drop base air cleaner and keep using standard 14 x3 paper elements. Heck I only have to replace them every couple of years anyways. I like the idea of best filtering possible and don't really need just every last inch of power I can get. Thanks to the few guys who posted.
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Good thread.

You can get aircleaner spacers.. They are round, and go between your drop down housing and carb.


Cheap fix.


I am going to go with a paper filter on my daily driver. Cheap.

I like cheap.

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Well I don't need a spacer cause I got a regular air cleaner and a drop base. I have to go with the drop base cause of lack of space. Putting a spacer under the cleaner that is the drop base will bring me back to square one. That won't do any good. I went ahead and got a new bracket to relocate my throttle and kickdown cables back toward the rear of my intake and am trying to figure out the best throttle return spring setup to pull from the front.
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Don't believe the K&N hype. A quality paper filter flows better and is cheaper. Actually an oiled foam air cleaner element is a better filter than K&N's oiled cotton gauze. Just take a look at a layer of foam air filter element and compare it to a layer of cotton. The foam has about five times the surface area for dirt to be trapped on. That is why K&N recommends a foam filter layer on their filters for severe use.

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Well that does make sense. From reading of what all I can find there not much better then paper filters. I just needed to be able to figure out something for my carb setup cause my filter needs replaced and my drop base hit my new bracket I got so I had to get something else. I got all I need now and customized between two brackets and pieces to come up with a nice return spring to pull from the front on the carb while the throttle cable pulls from the back and I have a bracket to go off with intake to give me extra room.
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I know what you mean, on my 34 I cannot use the standard 14" air cleaner. The front edge contacts the radiator hose . I currently have a 10" air cleaner and am trying to find a 12" chrome air cleaner that does not have "Edelbrock" or some other manufacturer on it. Haven't been successful yet.

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I know what you mean, on my 34 I cannot use the standard 14" air cleaner. The front edge contacts the radiator hose . I currently have a 10" air cleaner and am trying to find a 12" chrome air cleaner that does not have "Edelbrock" or some other manufacturer on it. Haven't been successful yet.

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The K & N style filters I think work very well if used properly. The oil will not dmage nothing on your carburetor. If you are looking for perfomance and do not drive a lot of dirt roads I would highly recommend an oil air filter. The air is much better.
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You can modify the aircleaner bases too. This one is just a cheap $20 no-name unit that i bought just because i liked the top. The base was flat (non-drop), so i cut the center out and added a 3" ring to drop the element down around the carb. Now i can use my 5" element and clear the hood instead of a 2" paper element that the cheap aircleaner came with. Now the aircleaner sits so low you can't see the carb...



I had to modify the throttle cable bracket to come in under the lowered element, and change the return spring geometry as well...



The metal in these cheap aircleaner housings is pretty thin. I used .023 wire in my mig to put it back together. My 3" filler strip was made from 18ga cr steel that i had laying around from modifying oil pans.
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