Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
French Southern Territories
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Isle of Man
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Micronesia, Federated States of
Moldova, Republic of
Northern Mariana Islands
Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Papua New Guinea
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Martin (French part)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Tanzania, United Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Wallis and Futuna
Air Filters & Cleaning
Automotive Air Filters
Motorcycle / ATV Air Filters
Cabin Air Filters
Heavy Duty Diesel Air Filters
Industrial / Small Engine Air Filters
Racing and Custom Air Filters
Marine Flame Arrestors
Universal & Clamp-on Air Filters
Crankcase Vent Filters
Air Filter Facts
Air Filters by Vehicle Manufacturer
Cabin Air Filters by Vehicle Manufacturer
Automotive Air Intakes
Motorcycle / ATV Air Intakes
Diesel Truck Air Intakes
RV Air Intakes
Air Intake Installation Videos
Air Intake Installation Instructions
Air Intakes by Vehicle Manufacturer
Automotive Oil Filters
Motorcycle / ATV Oil Filters
Marine Oil Filters
Heavy Duty Diesel Oil Filters
Oil Filters by Vehicle Manufacturer
Automotive Performance Parts
Motorcycle / ATV Performance Parts
Diesel Fuel Filters
In-Line Fuel Filters
In-Line Fuel Pumps
Marine Performance Parts
Apparel & Logo
Search by Vehicle
Search by Part
Search by VIN
Cross Reference Search
Search by Dimension
News and Events
SEARCH BY VEHICLE
Motorcycle & ATV
ALL or Unknown Year
Barnes Systems, Inc - Oil Pump Manufacturer with a Winning Tradition
K&N Wrench-off Oil Filter on Barnes Oil Pump
The Barnes family has been in the oil pump business for over 40 years, initially opening their doors in 1966. While working at Howard Racing Cams, dealing with many drag and oval racing teams, founder Al Barnes first came to realize the need for an improved, more efficient, oiling system.
Engine for a Midget Sprint Car with a Barnes Oil Pump
Barnes began product development by first scrutinizing other widely accepted oil pumps, pinpointing and logging their weaknesses versus strengths. Based on his research, Barnes then started developing his own oil pump, featuring a host of innovative improvements. With the help and support of his wife Barbara and son John, working out of their Redondo Beach, California garage, he designed his first unique dry sump oil pump for the 392 Chrysler, followed closely by a pump for the small block Chevy. These pumps quickly earned Barnes a reputation for ingenuity and attention to detail - it's a reputation that continues to grow and be more imbedded in the racing community each year.
"Back in the early '80's, we were the first oil pump manufacturer to incorporate machined O-ring grooves in all of our oil pump sections, that eliminated the need for silicone to seal the individual sections, like most other pumps," says Barnes. "We were also the first to incorporate T-slots into the surface plates that relives trapped oil between the gears, reducing pump pulsation and excess wear. We are the first to use a steel drive gear along with a bronze idler gear, thereby reducing the wear between similar materials (i.e. gear-to-gear and idler gear to idler shaft).
Barnes Oil Pump with K&N Wrench-off Oil Filter
One of the key factors in Barnes Systems ability to produce top-quality components is their machining equipment. "We have enough CNC equipment to produce all of our oil pump parts in-house," adds Barnes. "Also, our inspection equipment is top-of-the-line."
Asked why their oil systems continue to experience such a high-level of success in racing, John Barnes had this to say, "Pride in the products that we build. Everyone at Barnes Systems is dedicated to holding all our components to the extremely high standards that my father Al set long ago. Our customers know they will always get the best quality equipment and materials, because we build every pump as if it were going onto one of our own engines. We also continue to listen to the needs of our customers, and we constantly keep on top of engine advances.
During their 40 plus years of being in business they have been associated with many of the most influential people in all of racing, in the process notching up a very impressive list of titles. In one season alone, customers using their products won the Winston Cup Championship, the NHRA Pro-stock title, USAC Sprint car and Midget titles, the World of Outlaws title and the Chili Bowl National Race. Engine builders that they've worked with include Penske Engines, Gaerte Engines, Reher-Morrison, Don Ott, Gary Stanton, Illmor Engineering, Esslinger Engineering, Mercury Racing, plus many others.
"When our customers wanted to know which brand of oil filter we recommended, we decided to test some racing filters to see if there was a difference," says Barnes. "We were very impressed with the K&N oil filter element and it's outstanding record for reliability and performance. We knew it would also be a perfect fit for our new line of oil pumps with integrated oil filter. So now, if there is any application that requires a high-performance, high-flow oil filter - we only look in one place."
Presently they are working on a whole new line of oil pumps, specifically geared towards those looking for the smallest, lightest and most efficient oil pumps available. Together with this new pump design; they incorporate some of their proven pump configurations, including those with integrated oil filter mounts. "We are all very excited to begin a new chapter between Barnes Systems Inc, and K&N Filters," concludes Barnes.
Find K&N products for your vehicle using the
K&N application search
then use the
K&N dealer search
to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.
See What K&N Makes for Your Car!
Get the K&N Newsletter!
Did you like this story? Select 1 to 5 stars to rate it.
K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world's leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.knfilters.com.
K&N News Home
Warranty & Registration
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Cold Air Intake by Make
Copyright © 2016 K&N Engineering, Inc. All Rights Reserved.