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The K&N RE-0850 is a clamp-on, washable, and reusable air filter that features an ultra-strong molded pliable rubber flange that absorbs vibration and ensures a secure attachment.

The K&N RE-0850 is a clamp-on, washable, and reusable air filter that features an ultra-strong molded pliable rubber flange that absorbs vibration and ensures a secure attachment.

Of course there are many more vehicles than cars, motorcycles, and ATVs. There are also snowmobiles, radio-controlled cars, tractors, and others that need the protection of a K&N universal air filter.

K&N also offers carburetor adaptors like the 85-1070 chrome-plated steel adaptor that permits a universal air filter to adjust to a carburetor flange.

K&N also offers carburetor adaptors like the 85-1070 chrome-plated steel adaptor that permits a universal air filter to adjust to a carburetor flange.

Radio-controlled cars are battery or gas-powered vehicles that are controlled from a distance with a specialized transmitter or remote. The battery-powered cars use rechargeable nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, or lithium polymer cells to drive an electric motor. There are also fuel-powered radio-controlled cars that feature glow plug engines or a small internal combustion engine that are fueled by a special mixture of nitromethane, methanol, and oil that are also referred to as “nitro” cars. Both categories include on-road and off-road models. Off-road models have a fully functional off-road suspension system and ride on wide tires. On-road models include a more modest suspension system.

Radio-controlled vehicles were first available in the market in mid-1966 due to the development of “proportional” radio control. The early models were 1:12 scale models of such exotic cars as the Ferrari 250LM, which was offered in the UK, a 1:10 scale model of a Ferrari P4 was released through the toy market in early 1968.

By the early 1970s small firms in the United States were making these cars. Most of the companies began as slot car manufacturers. When slot cars started to lose popularity, the companies turned to radio-controlled models.

In the early years 1:8 scale model radio-controlled IC racing cars started to appear, but 1:12 scale electric cars replaced them in the late 1970s because enthusiasts wanted a radio-control car they could race during the winter. As a result, a winter national racing series was created.

By the 1980s the radio-controlled cars were becoming very sophisticated. In 1984, Associated Electrics, Inc. of Costa Mesa, California introduced the RC10 off-road electric racer that included a chassis made of anodized aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and machined, oil-filled shock absorbers that were completely tunable. Some times optional metal shielded ball bearings were included in the RC10 wheels and transmission.

In 1986, Schumacher Racing Products debuted the Competition All Terrain (CAT) vehicle that many believed was the best four-wheel drive off-road buggy racer of the time. It won the 1987 Off-Road World Championship and the car was influential in starting interest in four-wheel drive electric off-road radio-controlled car racing.

Snowmobiles are another vehicle that offers opportunities for recreation and racing. It is said that 2 million North Americans own a snowmobile, there are 220,000 miles of snowmobile trails in the United States and Canada and it has been reported that the average snowmobile travels a total of 1,500 miles a year.

There are three organizations that sanction snowmobile racing –- the Midwest International Racing Association (MIRA), the Canadian Snowmobile Racing Association (CSRA) and International Snowmobile Racing (ISR).

There are more than 30 regional associations in Canada and the United States that hold snowmobile races.

K&N Filters offer the RE-0850 universal rubber air filter for these vehicles as well as racing cars, tractors, and other applications including generators.

The RE-0850 is designed to boost the horsepower and acceleration of these vehicles and provide high airflow with excellent filtration. The filter includes a malleable, extremely strong molded pliable rubber flange that absorbs vibration and, along with clamps, ensures that the filter stays secure on the air intake.  In addition, it is washable and reusable.

The filter is able to protect the engine of these vehicles because it features four to six layers of cotton gauze media that is sandwiched between two aluminum wire screens and treated with a high grade of filter oil. The oil makes the strands of the cotton gauze extremely sticky so they can catch and hold filth that would otherwise damage an engine for 50,000 miles.

K&N also offers a specially formulated air filter cleaning kit that cleanses the air filter in seven easy steps in a little more than 90 minutes, allowing the filter to be used over and over again. It may be the last filter you will ever need to buy for as long as you own your vehicle.


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K&N Engineering in Riverside California is the world's leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and intakes in over 50 countries. K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. From their Million Mile Warranty to their Consumer Protection Pledge, K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100%. The distinctive K&N logo represents performance from one of the original performance companies. For more information, visit knfilters.com.