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Avoid K&N oil filters? they apear to have a habit of exploding/leaking!

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b1k3rdude:
Just had a buddy tell me that he had a K&N oil filter let go and leak oil all over the bottom of the bike and his rear tyre on a trip to Europe. So then did a search online for "exploding K&N oil filter" and there is page after page of results, but here are some examples with images -

* https://www.r6-forum.com/threads/k-n-oil-filter-failure.414474/
* https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/83828-kn-oil-filter-failure/
* https://www.triumphrat.net/threads/k-n-oil-filter-trouble.851866/There was a class action lawsuit in 2020 against them -
* https://www.consumerclassactionlawyers.com/kn-oil-filter-failure-in-motorcycles-and-powersports-class-action-lawsuit-investigation.htmlLooks like it effected the following filters - KN-138, KN-204 & KN-303 (This fits the FZS1000 & FZ1). They list the KN-147 for the FZS600, but other searching show the KN-303 also fits.

Grahamm:
Your first two links go to the same page!

b1k3rdude:
Corrected, but they were only examples. There are pages and pages of search results about this issue.

Gnasher:
This isn't a new issue, some other filters have suffered similarly.  Mostly cheap chinese rip offs and companies trying to cut cost with materials and production to max profit.

I only ever use OE or Hiflofiltro TUV approved filters. 

Dudeofrude:
Tbh you can Google any brand of anything and find many examples of failure (for example just Google Michelin tyre failures) Thats the problem with the internet.
I choose to believe that a brand as big as K&N can be trusted as much as the next one 🤷‍♂️ Th problem is probably moreto do with fakes, as Gnasher says a lot of Chinese companies are copying things now so unless your buying from a reputable company then there's no guarantee your buying a genuine product

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