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I am contemplating to whether change to K&N or stay with stock filter.
I heard from Discovery forum that K&N oil residue tends to clog up and mess up the MAS. Is this true? Should I get it or not?
Where is a good place to buy?
 

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Ram AIR MAY be Better....

I have a Ram Air filter, and it uses a tripple foam media.. its pretty damn good, plus you don't have to worry about desroying it when you clean it..

Its true the the oil does tend to get in there, but when I am taking off the filter to clean it i take a Qtip and alcohol and clean the wire.. it takes 3 min and is a no brainer.. you have to clean it now and again anyway..


they have them cheap on ebay.. I have one up for sale on the classifieds link on this site..
Here is the pitch that sold me..
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• 1995 Land Rover Range Rover with the 4.2L V8 engine.
 

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Unless you have a somewhat modified motor you do not need to change out the current paper filter which does quite a good job, and even then, depending on the type of modification, the paper filter is quite adequate.
 

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Think long and hard before you change away from the original spec. which has been tested under every condition you can think of!
If you are going off road, even if you decide to change the element, don't mess with the plumbing or filter box. Unless it is to add a snorkle. :D
K&N - noisy, let the dirt in, get contaminated quick, often not located well for wading, but on clean hard roads will give a little extra power.
 

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Sticking with Paper OEM

Called dealer, called my mechanic and they both are against K&N due to the gunk build up on MAS and also, paper does sufficient job for the vehicle's spec. So, sticking with OEM!! :dunno:
 

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I like both

FYI - I bought the K&N for on-road driving, I switch it when off road - dirt roading etc to the paper one, then toss it after a few "expeditions".

This allows me the extra power on road and no worries off road with dirt buildup.

It is so easy to change I don't worry about it.
I LIKE THE SOUND DIFFERENCE OF THE K&N :D
 

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I have a K&N filter on my 92 RRC and am contemplating one for my 95 RR 4.0SE. I took the entire metal housing off on the Classic and just have the filter sitting there. (I don't go wading with it) Filter looks great and some tiny little bit of extra power, but more importantly 1mpg better on the highway. I also run one in the stock housing on my Mercedes E320.
As far as I'm concerned about oil coating the mass airflow sensor, if the K&N filter wrecks it they can buy me a new one.
 

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emailed K&N and they assume no liability to damaged

MAS because they stand by their product.
So, if I use and if I am SOL, I will have to spend $600 for new MAS OR get rid of headache and go for OEM?
I am going with OEM since there is not significant performance or MPG differences. :drink1:
 

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Well I finally installed the filter K&N sent me... will do a write up after I run through a few tanks of gas.


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did several setups

K&N being one. I cut the whole air filter housing off and just tossed a cone K&N on.. it sounded cool, but didn't do crap. Too much heat off the engine.

I put another OEM housing on, OEM filter and everything ran basically the same.

I put a K&N in the OEM housing and ran that for a while.. runs about the same.

I see about maybe 1/8 mi better gas mileage, but did not know if that is because the weather was colder, lower dewpoint and the gas was atomizing better.

I would thing the better setup is to toss a nice little hood scoop in the left front, build a nice airbox to force the air into..put in a nice different cone setup onto some nice 3 in piping...

if you are going nutcase offroad.. those snorkels..
 

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This K&N subject comes up regularly as a search of the archives will show. The brutal reality is, fitting a K& N filter onto a stock Discovery, or any other vehicle for that matter, will delivery you Jack S*#t in extra horsepower. If any, it will be so slight that you won't notice it. Unless you are proposing to do other engine/breathing modifications, you are best advised to stay with the paper filter you already have. At least you don't have to maintain/oil it.
 

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K&N isn't so bad in Non-dusty conditions , that right there just about describes non-off road use. In all my dirtbikes and supermotos I make sure I have foam filters on, seems to keep the dust off much better... :drive:
 

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K&Ns have been known to blow the mass air on Discos,,, bad enough on a DII but even worse on a DI. I have one but plan on going back to stock when it's time to clean/replace it. I would rather just replace frequently due to extreme dust & dirt on CO trails.
 

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I haven't noticed a difference in mileage or performance with mine.
I only bought it, b/c there was a sale on K&N Drop in filters, so it ended up being cheaper than the paper filter.

I keep getting CEL's (Twice so far the CEL has come on when I've been idling for a long time) since I dropped in the K&N....might be a coincidence though? :D
 
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