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Default 93 OEM Element or K&N ...re jetting question

My 93 bike..factory stock. only 2504 miles when I picked it up a few months ago.

Full carb rebuild, full ultrasonic tank deep clean, running great...but some times it just pisses fuel out the float bowl overflow. Float sticks, and it pisses fuel out. Then for weeks it is just fine, it works perfectly

But the bike and the shed it is kept in, (along with other bikes) always now stinks of fuel.
But it is not leaking fuel any where I can see..no wet spots on the ground or under the carb..

So I always turn the tap off a few hundred yards from home to drain fuel a bit out the carb.

But still the stench of fuel in the shed persists. If the bike is outside, the fuel stench is gone the next morning..definitely the bike.

So I thought about this for a bit and wondered if it is just the air filter element being soaked in fuel. So hauled it out just now...I should have looked at it closer before. It is the original 1993 element. early part number 29036-88B, Superseded now by 29331-96. So it is the original filter from 93.
It was not soaked in petrol, not like I expected considering the smell.

but it does have a few quite big holes it the element where age and fuel have taken their toll.


Dealer is going to have to order one, or I get a K&N re-usable oil it up type filter,.

Question....will the K&N be a better breathing element, requiring re jetting or will it be just the same as the OEM filter?
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Question....will the K&N be a better breathing element, requiring re jetting or will it be just the same as the OEM filter?
I'd put a K&N in. The restriction is the air cleaner housing, not the filter element. If the housing hasn't been altered to increase flow you shouldn't need to change the jetting with a filter change.
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ok, thanks.
I will put in whatever I can get at the moment.

Dealer here in Jersey did not have an OEM one in stock, and waiting on reply from a guy in the UK as to if they have the K&N

Got three 883 Sportys now..so no rush, 93, 04 and 07..so got a choice.
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