Air Filters and Cleaners
The technology of air filters
has evolved greatly just in the last ten years. Conventional pleated-paper air filters are still common and still available, but in terms of performance, they have been left behind by the various aftermarket air filters that use gauze and synthetic mediums. Newer-style air filters may be more expensive on the front end, but they are cleanable and reusable, usually with a special oil
to help trap fine particles. They last the lifetime of your vehicle, and the boost in horsepower and fuel economy will more than balance out that higher purchase price!
- K & N – Founded in the late 70s, K & N Engineering is now a global company with offices in the U.K. and Holland. As well as making quality air filters and air intake kits, K & N now also markets Performance Gold oil filters and Fuel Injection Performance Kits. K & N air filters are covered by their exclusive Million Mile Limited Warranty ®, and are easy to install, offering great bolt-on performance!
- Airaid – While Airaid is a newer player in the market for air filters, they are offering quality products for late model vehicles, all encased in hand-poured urethane for a positive seal, heat resistance, and durability. Their SynthaFlow® filters are able to filter out dirt particles as tiny as two microns in size, with a minimal restriction in flow. Airaid filters are washable, re-usable, and carry a lifetime guarantee.
- aFe Power – While aFe carries other products such as differential covers, exhaust manifolds, oil, fuel, and transmission filters, they also market high-quality performance air filters for limited applications. aFe also has developed an innovative universal-fit clamp-on filter; their emphasis on design, quality, and attention to detail sets aFe apart from much of the rest of the field.