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Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much HP' started by 2wdrift, May 5, 2014.
Where are you guy's buying the unifilter from in the U.S. ?
Ordered mine from Australia. No one in USA had one in stock.
Thanks for link mlyamkaw
This is what kills me. Lots of these new owners knew about the air filter prior to purchasing (including RobZorba) and yet still they are in every thread talking about class action lawsuits.
Call powercell, order the uni and fix the problem for $70 and go on...
Instead, we get threads about 'should I buy such a flawed bike', then buy it anyways, then the same people saying 'we should file a class action lawsuit'.
I still think anyone bitching about the air filter incessantly should be issued a v-strom by KTM in trade for this terribly flawed machine we have.
V-Strom: Air filtration nirvana...
If you haven't suffered any damage from the factory filter, then I just don't understand what the complaining is about. Is it the $70? On an $18,000 purchase? Hmmm...
You know the factory filters are disposable items. You're supposed to toss them at each service. I have no idea what they cost, but I'd guess somewhere around $20-$30 each. Unlike most bling, the Uni-Filter solves a real-world problem. It costs roughly ~$59 and can be cleaned and re-used for years! Time and again the oiled foam filter has proven to provide much greater flow and protection than paper cartridge filters. So... to sum things up; you'll solve the leaky airbox issue, gain better flow, increase particle filtration, and the whole thing pays for itself in about 2-3 filter services... and supports a company that invests in manufacturing an accessory for a bike we all love to own and ride (Uni-Filter, not me... I hate all you guys... )
Now, short of those unfortunate few that didn't catch the problem in time... why are the rest complaining? The money? Just doesn't add up to me...
Why is this getting repeated when measurements showed the exact opposite happening?
Leave the socks out.. I do. You can research oil foam vs paper element on your own. You'll find plenty of info on the subject that goes far beyond one individual and a dyno. I personally guaranty it to be a really boring read...
It's important to remember that the Uni-Filter is actually 3 separate filters; the intake socks, the pre-filter and the main filter. If you wanted to do a complete comparison you should run the Uni in all 3 formats. With only the main filter it probably would flow better than stock. With the pre-filter added you might be giving up a couple of ponies, but filtration is much improved and interval services may be limited to just the pre-filter...
I know what you say. Nothing against foam filters on this side, an I bought an Unifilter that is waiting to be installed at the very first sign of dust.
For now I installed the KTM mesh socks, the KTM PP filter, and greased and duct taped the airbox. We'll see how well that goes.
Still, we have a lot of forum talk vs. a single person who actually did technically accurate tests, and his numbers say the Unifilter decreases power (a bit on its own, a lot with the socks). This is no tragedy in itself, but it does make it kind of strange to still hear "flow gains, power increase" etc.
Until there are more tests done, that maybe show different numbers, for me the Uni is decreasing power.
Again, not a problem, and for perfect protection might be worth it.
That is possible, the tests were done with the pre-filter.
I had 2460 miles on my R and I thought I would have a look. Mine looked bad. The filter I took out was curled up at the bottom and air was going around it at the bottom of the air box. This OEM filter does not look like it is right for this application. Dust had settled on the butterflies and in the air horns. KTM in Austrialia warranted all the bikes there, why not here. Any one with one of these bikes should check the air cleaner immediatly. Some are fighting after the fact for new engines.
Still ongoing issues with the bags. Management wanted to hurry this bike and all accessories out before R and D was done. Now they are back pedaling. KTM is trying my patience.
And remember, for the unifilter he kept the airbox unifilter gasket. That closed the airbox tight.
With the paper filter test, air could go through the filter AND the gap between the airbox and airbox lid. I think this becomes and apples and guacomole test.
The unifilter gasket should be there on box scenarios.
But the real issue here is that if you lose 2 ponies now, with a better filter, at least in the long run you are not letting other ponies out of your engine by keeping it dust proof...
Where are you based?
Yeah uhm KTM only adjusted the valves and fitted the DNA filter on my bike. Nothing else, I am testing the DNA now. If the DNA also lets dust through I will get them to give me a new motor.
Just be careful, the lid leaks and unless ktm have fitted an extra seal as uni does then everytime you remove the lid be cock sure the lid is fitted correctly. DNA is just a single oiled filter...all it does is not distort when water gets into the airbox...my dna is now in a bag in the garage with an uni in the 1190....not taking a chance.
I'm not sure the DNA by itself solves everything.
I certainly don't understand the attitude of some dealers out there. I had a chat with my dealer (MotoPabst in Dusseldorf, Germany) before the first service, they were willing to do whatever I wanted (Unifilter, DNA+grease etc), no questions asked, no warranty BS.
I also had the KTM PP filter installed (is that the DNA?), but I also had the KTM mesh socks installed and grease + duct tape around the airbox.
Yeah my motor has already had dust damage and it was not fixed, so I am riding with a damaged motor that might still get more dust in. If the filter works fine then its good to know. If the filter does not work and lets more dust in and the motor breaks, well that's great. I will then have them give me a new motor and make them fit the unifilter at their cost. So its a win win situation, I already can not trust my motor because of the previous damage so I just ride it close to home. If they get me the new motor I will then do anything I can to keep the dust out.
duct taped my air box ..it worked but I might as well not have a filter with the paper thing they put in ..It sucked dust . Only 1K of riding with only 2 hrs being dirt!!
KTM are flat out criminal to do this ..They are literally sending people out the door with a $$$$$$$ bike that absolutely will self destruct over time if the owner does not check the air box. They absolutley know this by now but carry on selling people bikes with what amounts to no air filter installed.The air box construction looks like it was designed for a 50 cc bike out of China..and do not get me started on the crazy bags they sell with.
Ya I expect some issues with any new bike ..but I have never seen such huge hard fails ever with any other biker ..that are not addressed.
As to those willy nilly saying hey go out get the UNI drop a few ponies and be done, well they are part of the problem.
NO ONE..no one should ever have to have such a critically important issue with an expensive bike.
We here are prolly more in tune with our bikes and do some wrenching ..but there are a lot of wannabe "adventurers" out there blindly motoring around on 1190's ..with filterless bikes sucking dirt and degrading ..as they ride.
Lots of busted motors in KTMs future and damning articles in the bike rags to follow. ..maybe if they are not paid off by KTM as they seem to be .
As has been said re sale is going to plummet if this gets out...and it prolly will over time .
+1, resale value is affected for everyone, bike shops are aware and are reluctant to deal in second hand 1190's because of this. We've all seen about $6k wiped of the value of our 'bikes through this one issue. That's why either KTM need to step up to the mark and recall all 'bikes and resolve the airbox filter problem once and for all, worldwide. And since they seem unwilling or unable to do that, then what should owners do about it? I suggest action through the courts but other inmates - even those with trashed engines - seem unwilling to go down that route.
KTM will likely be out of business by this time next year, then you will have collector bike.
Might be worth a fortune in a couple years.....