Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: 35.753983 N, 91.634603 W
Re: Air cleaner/no air cleaner?
In 20-something years I have been racing the Maverick, I've not once ever had and air filter that DIDN'T cost some ET or MPH. K&N, Moroso, circle track stuff, home made, they all cost some power. Still not running a filter on it. Hood was sealed directly to the top of the throttle body, however someone lost my scoop tray and i'm now running a throttle body just out in the open. And it runs exactly the same as sealed to the hood. Ran a carb the same way until I found that injection blows the carb right out of the water in EVERY aspect. Never once had an engine even show a hint of failure due to dirt/debris entry. Take that back...had a screw back out of a throttle shaft about 15 years ago and luckily I heard it rattling around the top of the engine after I shut down on a 9.90 pass. Killed the motor and saw the screw missing after I got back to the pit, pulled the head, removed screw from the top of the piston, new gaskets, back into the next round and won the entire event. An air filter would not have stopped that from happening.
Perhaps I'm lucky?? But walking around the drag strip, I haven't seen too many race cars with air filters. Some of the drasters are running a filter in the scoop tray but they're just paranoid that their $50,000 store bought big blocks are going to eat a bumble bee; and quite frankly I probably would be too if I had to spend some coin on a motor.
Circle track cars, road race cars, and street cars should ALL have a filter though. And not EVERY drag strip is "well taken care of". Local tracks here aren't too bad. Would be even better if the racers would volunteer a little more.
GET OUT & VOTE THIS NOVEMBER!!