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Thoughts...Pro's and Con's?

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I've been using one for a while now. Pros-cleanable/reusable, flows oil better and FASTER when the oil is cold, maybe cools it better too, looks good. Cons-cost. I wouldn't buy one just to save money on buying filters, would take to long. You need to take into account the other benefits as well to really justify. This like most things, you are going to get a LOT of opinions on both sides of the fence about it. Best just to research and form your own opinion. I've got a lot of experience as a mechanic in my background and I see it as a benefit to function. Here's a good read. Notice that they make them for aircraft and that is a tightly regulated industry as far as maintenance so if they can meet specs for them, that says a lot to me.

http://www.kandpengineering.com/faq.shtml

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Nice looking filter. I had a K&P reusable and I liked it. If your buying it to save money it will take a long time to get your money back. If your buying it for convenience, and the fact that it would look really nice on the bottom of that XCT, then go for it. Mine was on an 07 Kingpin tour. Neglected to take it off when I traded it in. Shame on me. I will get another one for my XCT. Shiny things on bikes cost money and this filter in my mind fits into the shiny things category. A side benefit of this is that it seems to be a great filter. Keep in mind that if you wash your bike often now you will have to clean the filter housing. I know I did.

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+ 100 to what the previous two folks said. They work well but are not really cost effective. You need to decide which priorities are most important to you.

All I can really say is I chose not to get them for my bikes; at least not yet.
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So how would you clean the filter and housing

Carb cleaner and the oil residue goes where

Dawn dish soap and the residue goes where

Coast for cleaning is

In the long run a Wix oil filter from the auto store would be cheaper I think

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Might be more cost effective up front. I just hate throwing used filters in the trash. And they look 100% better than any standard filter.

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So how would you clean the filter and housing

Filter media cartridge separates from outside casing for easy cleaning. New media cartridge can be purchased if necessary.


Carb cleaner and the oil residue goes where

Dawn dish soap and the residue goes where

Empty the filter into your catch pan and there is probably less oil residue than there was left from your last fried chicken dinner.
Carb cleaner sprayed on the filter media over your catch pan and any residue is in the pan.
Dawn breaks down the residue same as your greasy dishes.


Coast for cleaning is

Minimal. Biggest problem is the extra 10 minutes it takes to do it.

In the long run a Wix oil filter from the auto store would be cheaper I think
Wix might be cheaper, about $6 each I think? Depending on how often you change your oil. My situation, I change oil about 6 times per year as I pretty much ride year round, so about $36 in Wix filters, double that if you use Vic filters. My Flo filter cost $90, so over the 3 yrs I've had it, it has paid for itself and it is still in great shape. All parts are extremely durable.

PRO: No more used oil filters with oil residue inside piling up in landfills.

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Might be more cost effective up front. I just hate throwing used filters in the trash. And they look 100% better than any standard filter.
NEVER throw your used filter in the trash!!!! Take it to the auto parts store where you purhased your new filter or drop it off to a place that does oil changes for proper disposal.
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NEVER throw your used filter in the trash!!!! Take it to the auto parts store where you purhased your new filter or drop it off to a place that does oil changes for proper disposal.
I wonder how many actually do that??

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Who is going to see it on the bottom of your bike

I seldom if never look at the bottom of any ones bike.

I drought it would help keep your oil cooler when its five times thicker then a normal filter.

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