I'm placing an order on treats today for a few items one of which being an air filter. I'm using a PHBG 19 and have it almost completely dialed in but I am not currently running a filter. I did have a Malossi E8 filter on it before but broke down in a park and took it off while trying to get it restarted. I ended up losing it somewhere along the way when I went back with a van to retrieve my bike (turned out the wire from my ignition coil to CDI box had gotten severed by my flywheel so there was no fixing it until I could get to a soldering iron).
I thought the E8 seemed pretty good but I wanted to see if anyone had other suggestions. I know a lot of the performance filters on treats are described as being hi flow. Is there anything that will give it basically the same flow as it would have if there was no filter at all? A lot of my friends who've been into mopeds much longer than me say not to run a filter at all because you get better flow. That may be true but it seems that I'd want to protect my engine as much as possible after putting all the work I've put into it (I've rebuilt the engine and replaced nearly everything on the bike other than the frame, swingarm, and rear wheel)
I need something that will clear my pedals which is why I was using the E8 since it has a 90* angle making it face forward. It barely cleared the pedals to the point where it would work but if I ever had to actually pedal the bike I'd be kicking the filter, that's how close it was.
Does anyone have any experience with the ones that have just the metal screen. They are cheaper and seem like they'd have very little affect on air flow but how much do they keep out? something like this :
What are people out there running? I'd like to avoid changing my jetting if possible. I've got an 82 main jet in right now and the next size down I have is a 72 so I'd also like to avoid having to buy more jets as well.
Someone in another thread said I should get a pleated K&N type but I really can't afford to spend $50 on a filter right now.
I was eyeballing this malossi E5. https://www.treatland.tv/malossi-PHBG-air-filter-p/malossi-phbg-filter-042412.ko.htm
I like that it's offset and seems like it would still clear my pedals and it would look rad since my pipe, forks, and shocks are all chrome as well. It doesn't have any reviews though which make me a bit reluctant to get it. The E8 I lost had a bunch of good reviews.