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K&N Boosts Performance for Kawasaki ZX-6R and ZX-6RR/ZX-636 With New High-Flow Air Filter

RIVERSIDE, CA, -- Owners of 2003-04 Kawasaki ZX-6R and ZX-6RR/ZX-636 sport bikes already enjoy impressive performance. Through extensive dyno testing K&N engineers were able to make a great bike even better by designing a new High-Flow Air Filter (PN# KA-6003) that improves airflow into the 600cc and 636cc engines on these bikes for improved horsepower and torque. Right off the bat, one of the first things riders will notice is that the K&N High-Flow Air Filter offers improved throttle response.

More than 40 years ago K&N invented the washable and re-usable cotton gauze air filter. In that time the company has made numerous improvements to the original design and has always maintained their commitment to offering the best products on the market. K&N High-Flow Air Filters are made up of four layers of high quality gauze, sandwiched between epoxy-coated aluminum wire mesh, and then treated with a specially-formulated oil. The combination is a highly efficient filter with outstanding filtration that allows more air in the engine.

A Recharger® Kit is available separately and includes a cleaning solution and a bottle of K&N's filter oil. K&N recommends cleaning about every 30,000-40,000 miles for street-driven applications (more often for off-road or heavy dust driving conditions) and as with all K&N High Flow Air Filters, the KA-6003 is backed by the famous K&N Million Mile Warranty®.

For additional information, 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 tech@knfilters.com or visit www.knpowersports.com.

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K&N Offers New Nostalgia-Style Filters for Tri-Power Hot Rods and Classics

RIVERSIDE, CA, -- Driving without an air filter can lead to serious engine damage. When K&N engineers saw that some tri-power street rods were being driven unprotected, they started thinking. There aren't enough choices for air filters that complement the nostalgic looks of many tri-powered hot rods. K&N addressed this problem with their new four-inch finned aluminum filter assemblies.

These Nostalgia assemblies can be ordered individually (PN# 60-0410) or as a set of three (PN# 60-0413) and can be installed as is (with cast finish) or all or part of the assembly can be polished and/or painted for a truly custom look.

K&N Nostalgia Assemblies are four inches round, 2-3/4 tall (top to bottom of flange) and are designed to fit carburetors with a 2-5/8" flange diameter. Each K&N Nostalgia Assembly incorporates K&N's famous washable and re-usable filter material that provides great airflow and filtration. Cleaning is a simple process with the K&N Recharger Kit (sold separately) and with recommended cleaning every 50,000 miles (depending on conditions), a K&N filter will often last longer than the vehicle.

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K&N Employee Leaps into Victory Lane at K&N Filters Winternationals

RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb. 29, 2004) -- Bob Harris Jr. of Trabuco Canyon, CA had his work cut out for him. Not only was he campaigning his beautiful orange 2000 Corvette racecar in one of the most competitive classes in all of NHRA drag racing - he was doing it at the NHRA season opener event sponsored by his employer, K&N Filters.

By day, Harris works in K&N's Research, Development and Engineering Department. During his free time Bob has been pursuing a passion for racing that spans 14 years.

With 143 entrants registered for the K&N Filters WinterNationals Super Gas Class, there were a lot of experienced racers to get through before Harris could lay claim to his third NHRA National event Wally Trophy (he has also won National events at the Arizona Nationals in 1991 and the Autolite Nationals in 1992 - both in his equally impressive 1955 Chevy). With a perfect 9.90 run in the first round Harris was off to a great start and beat Ted Seipel, 2002 National Champion, Todd Steward, Richard Okerman and Larry Bradshaw before meeting Johnny Matassa in the final round. Bob ran a 9.873 to Matassa's 9.860, winning on a breakout (in Super Gas competition the winner is the driver who runs as close to 9.90 without breaking out/running under 9.90).

Harris' racecar is a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette (featuring a genuine Corvette body), built by Gary Hansen at Hansen Racecars and receives support from Goodyear and of course, K&N Engineering. The engine is 498-inch big block built by K&N co-worker, John Reedy.

Harris is headed to Phoenix for the second race of the season and looks forward to maintaining the momentum he built in Pomona.

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K&N Makes Top 100 Most Influential list for Powersports Business Magazine

RIVERSIDE, CA, -- In looking back on their first 100 issues the editors of Powersports Business Magazine asked themselves, "Who were the most influential companies in the industry over the last six years?"

To find the answer they looked through their past issues, talked to consumer magazine editors, as well as friends in the business, and came up with a comprehensive list of companies and organizations that "had a significant impact on the powersports industry during the last six years".

Considerations included market share, product development, industry involvement, and innovation in the way a company does business.

Their research was extensive and in the end editors of Powersports Business Magazine named K&N Engineering to their 2004 top 100 Most Influential Powersports Companies. The list was created to recognize companies whose accomplishments were most notable in the powersports business during the magazine's first 100 issues (1998-2003).

A plaque announcing the honor was presented to Tom Cates, Powersports Manager for K&N Engineering and will be proudly displayed in the lobby of the K&N's world headquarters, in Riverside, California.

Of the companies listed, K&N Engineering was the only filter manufacturer. Nearly a fifth of the other companies included in the Powersports Business list are companies K&N works closely with. K&N would like to congratulate the distributors, partners and associations who were also recognized and who have helped K&N achieve this honor.

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Mike Ferderer Joins K&N Filters Racing Family

RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb. 3, 2004) - K&N Filters announced that the company has signed a three year agreement with veteran professional sportsman drag racer, Mike Ferderer to be the primary sponsor for the team.

Ferderer is one of the most recognized names in sportsman drag racing and boasts three World Championships, 11 Divisional Titles and has twice been voted as a Car Craft Magazine Driver of the Year. In 2003 NHRA Super Gas competition, Ferderer was second in the World and won the Division 7 Championship. For the '04 NHRA season, Mike will drive a 2003 Pontiac Grand-Am, built by Rick Jones/QuarterMax Racecars, again in the Super Gas class.

"I've used K&N products in everything I've driven. K&N Filters has been part of my racing program for years and I have made some great friends there," commented Ferderer. "K&N's Executive Vice President of Research and Development, Steve Williams is one of my close friends and in the past he's been one of my fiercest competitors (Williams placed fourth in NHRA Super Comp Points during the 2003 season, a division Mike has also raced in). Many racers dream of having the support of a company like K&N - a company that truly understands the sport and is an active participant. I'm looking forward to taking our relationship to the next level."

In addition to K&N, Mike Ferderer Racing is supported by A1 Transmission and converters, Hoosier Tires, VP Fuels, Crane Cams, Pontiac and Pennzoil. Pennzoil's continued sponsorship of Ferderer spans 18 years - the longest of any Pennzoil sponsorship.

When asked about Pennzoil's long-standing sponsorship, Ferderer notes, "Pennzoil has been a great company to work with and I'm glad to have their continued support. I'm honored to drive a racecar with the names and logos of the greatest companies in the business on it."

K&N President, Steve Rogers added, "Looking at Mike's record it's easy to see why he's such a popular driver. Sportsman racers make up the lion's share of the competitors running down the dragstrip each weekend. Having Mike on the K&N Filters roster builds on our long-standing support for every level of racing."

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History of K&N Engineering and the K&N High Flow Performance Air Filter

In 1964 Ken Johnson and Norm McDonald started a business for motorcycle enthusiasts. They rented and sold motorcycles and accessories to die-hard performance lovers. Soon the founders began answering various needs with high quality parts. One of those needs was for an air filter that could keep the fine dirt experienced in off-road racing from damaging the engines. This filter had to be washable and reusable and allow enough air to keep the motorcycles running at peak performance. The original K&N High Flow air filter was born and in 1969 K&N Engineering became known more for its performance air filters than for rental bikes and parts. It wasn't long before the filter technology was applied to automotive applications.

Thirty-five years later, Ken and Norm have moved on but K&N's commitment to providing top quality products that deliver as promised is stronger than ever. K&N boasts in excess of 55,000 applications, covering a vast majority of the vehicles on the road today. More than 600 employees research, develop and manufacture K&N products.

Headquartered where they started, in Riverside, California, K&N Engineering manufactures the majority of its products from raw materials on machines designed in-house. In addition to manufacturing, K&N has one of the most sophisticated Research and Development facilities in the performance aftermarket, complete with air filtration testing capabilities, engine and chassis dynos, air flow testing stations, mass air flow (MAF) meter testing and a myriad of other technologies to help K&N design and manufacture the best products possible.

K&N also has a manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom that covers Scandinavia, Russia, the Middle East and the European markets. K&N's distribution centers are located in Riverside, Warrington, and Venlo. To further internationalize, in 2000 a Sales and Marketing office was established in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and further expansion will continue into the future.

In its 35 years, K&N has continued to be a pioneer with numerous improvements to its products. In addition to their washable/reusable High Flow Air Filters, K&N offers four lines of High Flow Intake Kits that provide guaranteed horspower. K&N started a revolution with their Fuel Injection Performance Kits and AirCharger Kits, easy to install kits that replace the restrictive factory intake tract and allow a smooth flow of air from the company's famous washable and reusable air filter (all Fuel Injection Performance Kits are approved for use on Emission-controlled vehicles and 50 state legal). Today it's hard to find a performance vehicle without some form of intake system upgrade. When enthusiasts began asking for ways to improve the looks of their engine compartment and add performance, K&N answered with their Typhoon Intake Kits (69 Series) for sport compact cars and recently with their 77 Series High Flow Intakes for sport trucks - both offer high quality aluminum tubing (in polished or powdercoated finish) and premium hardware, along with a K&N air filter, for great performance and cool looks.

K&N Air Filters and Intake Kits are backed by the famous K&N Million Mile Limited Warranty™ -- K&N stands behind their products and more than 35 years in business shows that the company continues to satisfy its customers. K&N has garnered numerous awards from SEMA, including "Manufacturer of the Year in 1994, 1996, 1997, and 2000 making K&N the first company to receive this prestigious award four times.

Often imitated, K&N has yet to be duplicated and with a commitment to excellence, innovation and relentless drive to maintain their leadership position as manufacturers of the "World's Best Performance Air Filter," it's unlikely that any company will come close.

For additional information, 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 tech@knfilters.com or visit www.knfilters.com.

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K&N's New FIPK® Intake Gives SVT Cobras 30 More Ponies

RIVERSIDE, CA - The 2003 and 2004 SVT Mustang Cobra are two of the most exciting American vehicles of all time. In box-stock form, its supercharged 4.6L DOHC V-8 pumps out 390 horsepower. Now '03 and '04 Cobra owners can break the 400-HP barrier with K&N Engineering's new Fuel Injection Performance Kit (FIPK® part # 57-2545). Testing on K&N's Dynojet 248 dynamometer revealed that this kit produced up to a 30 peak HP gain at the rear wheels! Cobras fitted with aftermarket exhausts experienced even greater improvements.

K&N developed this kit from scratch. Preliminary testing with pre-existing filters and intake tubes hinted at substantial gains and sent engineers back to the drawing board to eke out every possible horsepower. They developed a new conical FilterCharger® filter that's longer and has a different taper than the company's comparable applications. This new filter single-handedly accounts for 5-7 additional HP. Also, varying tract configurations didn't make appreciable power gains, so this K&N kit retains the OE intake tube. Resulting cost-savings are passed on to the customer. (Kit MSRP is $260.00.) The art and science of the K&N's Cobra FIPK® is in its special radius adapter that mates the filter to the OE mass-air sensor and allows for smooth airflow from the filter to the intake tract.

Installation is relatively straightforward. Major steps include removing the stock intake tube from the throttle body, adding the K&N radius adapter and heat shield to the mass-air sensor, clamping the air filter to the sensor assembly and mounting the FIPK® to the vehicle using the kit's bracketry. This system is covered by K&N's Million Mile Limited Warranty, and the FilterCharger® filter can be repeatedly cleaned and re-oiled with a K&N recharger kit.

For additional information, 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 tech@knfilters.com or visit www.knfilters.com.

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K&N Announces FIPK® Intake System For The Hummer H2

RIVERSIDE, CA - The 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Hummer H2 has taken SUV machismo to new levels. K&N Engineering gives the Hummer's 6.0L V-8 even more whiskers with its new Fuel Injection Performance Kit (FIPK®) (Part # 57-3037). In fact, extensive testing on K&N's Dynojet 248 four-wheel dynamometer revealed that this kit alone provides average drive-wheel gains of 17 HP.

In developing the H2 FIPK®, K&N began with a clean slate. The vehicle's OE filter is a unique, disposable element that's bonded to its plastic housing, requiring the whole unit to be replaced when worn. K&N engineered its H2 FIPK® intake system for the optimal blend of airflow and dirt containment by combining roto-molded-plastic intake ducting with an oval FilterCharger® filter, with carbon fiber top and bottom. K&N pioneered the washable/reusable filter industry with their FilterChargers 35 years ago and have stayed at the forefront of performance filtration technology with constant advances in their designs. K&N filters are constructed using high-quality cotton gauze that's sandwiched between an epoxy-coated, aluminum mesh. A specially-formulated oil attracts and holds dirt to the filter. K&N's FilterChargers® are backed by the K&N Million Mile Limited Warranty and can be repeatedly cleaned and re-oiled with a K&N recharger kit.

The H2 FIPK® maximizes incoming air velocity and density by using heat-resistant ducting materials, directional funneling and a black-powdercoated sheet metal heatshield. The kit is a direct replacement for the OE airbox and intake tract, and K&N includes all necessary hardware and bracketry for a true bolt-on installation - no drilling required. K&N also offers their Performance Gold® Oil Filters (Part # HP-1007) for owners who demand the best quality service parts for their vehicle.

For additional information, 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 tech@knfilters.com or visit www.knfilters.com.

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K&N Announces Typhoon® Intake Systems For The Ford Focus

RIVERSIDE, CA – The Ford Focus immediately took the world by storm upon its introduction for the 2000 model year. Innovative styling allows the Focus to blend in on highways and byways at all four of the planet's corners. While some Focus owners consider the car elegant base transportation, others look at it as raw material for customizing and personalizing.

K&N grants these enthusiasts one of their wishes with new Typhoon® Intake Systems. Two applications are available: one for the 130-HP 2.0L Zetec engine (Part # 69-3510, which carries the CARB EO# D-269-27) and a system for the 170-HP SVT Focus (Part # 69-3511). Performance testing on a Dynojet 248 dynamometer showed that the SVT kit produced a 9-HP increase in drive-wheel power and the regular Focus Zetec Typhoon® system generated an extra 5 HP at the front wheels.

As with all other Typhoon systems, each Focus kit begins with a high-flow K&N Filtercharger®. These dual velocity-stack-style filters are made of K&N's famous oil-impregnated gauze material, which is layered between epoxy-coated aluminum wire mesh. The filter can be repeatedly cleaned and re-oiled with a K&N Recharger Kit (sold separately), and it's backed by the K&N Million Mile Limited Warranty. An XStream air flow top further improves airflow and extends cleaning intervals.

Typhoon® systems improve both engine performance and underhood aesthetics. The kit's free flowing, mandrel-bent, 6061 aluminum, short-ram induction tube is available in four finishes: polished aluminum and dual-stage powdercoated red, blue and silver. Step-by-step instructions make Typhoon® installation easy for the do-it-yourselfer; no drilling is required.

For additional information, 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 tech@knfilters.com or visit www.knfilters.com.

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K&N Filter Care Service Kit For a Million Miles of K&N Performance

RIVERSIDE, CA – K&N Engineering launched the performance-air filtration aftermarket in the 1960s. Since then, automotive-performance enthusiasts worldwide have made the K&N Filter their first upgrade on every vehicle and powersports machine they own. Not only does K&N's legendary FilterCharger® allow more air to enter the intake system and give measurable increases in horsepower, unlike disposable filters, K&N Filters provide outstanding filtration for the life of a vehicle (in most cases).

K&N FilterChargers® use a specially formulated oil to attract and suspend dirt to the cotton-gauze filtration surface. Over time, dirt accumulates on the filter and airflow can be reduced. This is where the K&N Recharger® Kit comes to the rescue. Included are a cleaning solution and dirt-attracting oil, both of which are formulated specifically for K&N's cotton-gauze filter media.

Using the K&N cleaning kit is surprisingly easy and involves just seven simple steps: 1) Pre-cleaning with a soft brush to dislodge loose dirt, 2) Spraying on the cleaning solution and allowing it to soak in for 10 minutes, 3) Rinsing with low-pressure water from the clean side to the dirty side, 4) Shaking out excess water and allowing the filter to dry naturally, 5) Lightly oiling each filter pleat and allowing the oil to impregnate the gauze, 6) Allow to set for 20 minutes, 7) Checking and re-oiling the light spots and finally reinstalling the filter. Typical filter-service interval is about 30,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on conditions (more often in dusty or off-road environments).

Two K&N Filter Care Service Kits are offered. Both include a 12-ounce bottle of Cleaning solution, but Oil packaging varies. Choose from the 8-ounce Squeeze Oil version (Part #99-5050) or 6.5-ounce aerosol Spray Oil (Part #99-5000).

For additional information, 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 tech@knfilters.com or visit www.knfilters.com.
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