AIR FILTER BUYER’S GUIDE

— And performance intake systems for UTVs —

When it comes to performance and engine life, your UTV’s air filter is one of its most important parts. Engines need an unrestricted supply of air to make power, and that air has to be clean to prevent wear to precisely machined internals. Most machines come with pleated paper filters or a paper filter with a foam pre-filter. Paper filters trap dirt well, but they’re designed to be replaced when dirty, which can get expensive if you drive in dusty conditions.

Aftermarket filters are available for most popular UTVs and they typically flow more air than paper for increased performance. They’re also cleanable and reusable, so you can keep your machine running strong without running out of money buying disposable filters.

FAST FILTERS

Worth knowing: Fast Filters from Dennis Kirk provide better airflow than stock filters for greater horsepower, and they come pre-oiled and ready to go. Superior foam strength ensures long life. More than 40 washes are common when used with No Toils biodegradable foam filter cleaner (sold separately). The kit includes the filter and cage, cleaning gloves, and manual.

Prices for popular applications:

Can-Am X3 (all): N/A

Polaris RZR XP 1000: $25

Textron Wildcat 1000 (all except Wildcat XX): $34

Yamaha YXZ1000 (all): $20

Contact: Dennis Kirk: www.denniskirk.com

K&N REPLACEMENT AIR FILTERS

Worth knowing: K&N air filters use oiled, pleated cotton media that provides a large filtration area offering low restriction, high capacity and long service intervals. They are designed to provide increased horsepower and acceleration and fit directly into OEM air boxes with application-specific sealing beads to ensure a precise fit. No fuel-management modifications are required to obtain increased performance. Washable and reusable, most are pre-oiled and ready to ride. All K&N filters come with a one-year limited warranty.

Prices for popular applications:

Can-Am X3 (all): $82

Polaris RZR XP 1000: $77

Textron Wildcat 1000 (all except Wildcat XX): $63

Yamaha YXZ1000 (all): $51

K&N AIR CHARGER PERFORMANCE INTAKE KIT

Worth knowing: K&N’s Air Charger Performance intake kit replaces the entire factory air intake system and is guaranteed to increase horsepower. The sealed air box design and free-flowing aluminum intake tubes separate the K&N air filter from heat and dirt. It’s easy to install; usually in 90 minutes or less. Not legal for highway use in states adopting California emission regulations. Due to legal restrictions, this part cannot be shipped to California.

Prices for popular applications:

Can-Am X3 (all): $650

Polaris RZR XP 1000: $350

Textron Wildcat 1000 (all except Wildcat XX): N/A

Yamaha YXZ1000 (all): N/A

Contact: Your dealer or www.knfilters.com

NO TOIL

Worth knowing: No Toil air filters are built with the highest-quality materials to ensure that they are long-lasting. Made with the finest dual-stage, flame-laminated foam to effectively stop dirt and a high-strength glue. These filters come with a one-year warranty. Unoiled and pre-oiled models are available for most applications. Pre-oiled air filters come treated with the perfect amount of No Toil Evolution air filter oil and are ready to go right out of the package. Gloves are included to keep your hands clean while handling the filter. In many cases, pre-oiled filters are the same price as un-oiled models.

Prices for popular applications:

Can-Am X3 (all): N/A

Polaris RZR XP 1000: $30

Textron Wildcat 1000 (all except Wildcat XX): $22–$40

Yamaha YXZ1000 (all): $22–$25

Contact: Your dealer or www.notoil.com

S&B

Worth knowing: S&B’s Particle Separator has an array of Vortex tubes that use centrifugal force to remove dirt before it reaches your machine’s air filter. Dirt is exhausted out the back of the separator housing for continuous cleaning of intake air, even in extended use.

Prices for popular applications:

Can-Am X3 (all): $420

Polaris RZR XP 1000: $399

Textron Wildcat 1000 (all except Wildcat XX): $399

Yamaha YXZ1000 (all): $399

Contact: Your dealer or www.sbfilters.com/particle-separator

SPARKS RACING

Worth knowing: Sparks Racing’s High Performance air box kit is the perfect solution for any RZR XP 1000/ RS1 driver/racer who is looking for an answer to the filtration and flow issues associated with the stock air filter and air box configuration. The extra-large K&N filter is used with a specially designed air box to provide the performance you want with the filtration protection you need. This kit comes pre-installed in an air box, so the installation is as straightforward as possible. The combination of the Sparks Racing Super Charger air filter adapter and the specifically sized filter element delivers 3 RWHP over stock while drastically increasing engine protection.

Prices for popular applications:

Can-Am X3 (all): N/A

Polaris RZR XP 1000: $300

Textron Wildcat 1000 (all except Wildcat XX): N/A

Yamaha YXZ1000 (all): N/A

Contact: Your dealer or www.sparksracing.com

TWIN AIR

Worth knowing: The Twin Air air filter is designed with high-quality materials and superior construction. The filter has two layers of foam and an open-pore outer layer bonded to a second layer of foam that traps the smallest of particles while ensuring maximum air passage. Twin air filters are slightly smaller than stock, making them easier to change while increasing dead air space around the filter for better performance.

Prices for popular applications:

Can-Am X3 (all): $80

Polaris RZR XP 1000: $50

Textron Wildcat 1000 (all except Wildcat XX): $80

Yamaha YXZ1000 (all): $32

Contact: Your dealer or www.twinair.com

UNI

Worth knowing: For over 40 years, Uni Foam air filters have been unsurpassed in both engine protection and overall performance. Uni two-stage, oiled polyurethane foam filters use a coarse outer layer bonded to a fine inner layer to trap dirt and resist clogging. Filters are packaged unoiled. Uni direct-replacement filters fit the airbox on your machine precisely for easy installation and proper operation.

Prices for popular applications:

Can-Am X3 (all): N/A

Polaris RZR XP 1000: $69

Textron Wildcat 1000 (all except Wildcat XX): $59

Yamaha YXZ1000 (all): $39

Contact: Your dealer or www.unifilter.com

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