Pipercross Plus is our latest innovation in filtration and performance, A passion product for us,we wanted to create something that took panel filters to the next level in every way possible.For the last 18 months we have been testing, changing, redesigning and repeating this process to come up with a new product worth putting on the market..
Not just a gimmick, this product has improved strength and rigidity, swapping out the mesh that we use in our regular panel filter and replacing it with a stronger and better looking 1mm steel frame. You can really feel the difference that this change makes to the strength of the filter, even when pulling 100’s of CFM (Cubic feet per minute) through the foam.
A special and new foam matrix has been used, to create this we tested many different formulations of foam with varying results, ultimately deciding on the make up shown in the graphic further below. Performance is always the end goal, but we didn’t want to lose high filtration quality we already have in our filters, and this mentality helped us with finding the perfect balance.
20PPI: Utilising this free flowing foam to capture the large dirt particles in an optimised thickness of 20mm, this first layer provides a great balance between filtration and flow..
60PPI: 5mm Layer of 60 PPI foam is used to filter out any finer particles that make there way through the more open foam, this layer is mostly for protection, by keeping its thickness to a minimum it doesn’t disrupt the great flow of air this filter allows.
Free Flowing Frame: We have created a stronger and more open frame, creating 22.1% more effective flow space, creating less restriction and allowing your vehicle to get the most air possible, whilst maintaining protection.
Pipercross Plus is less restrictive from start to finish, allowing more air, to reach the engine faster.This means more performance from the beginning to the end of the rev range.
A new stronger frame has been created with breathability in mind, when compared to our regular mesh, this frame has a 22.1% increase in effective flow area. Not only is this good in terms of performance, but the increased rigidity in the frame will also effect durability.
I think youll agree that these new filter also look the part but wait until you get one into your hands to truely feel the increase in quality.
Why choose a foam filter?
To first understand why you should choose a foam filter, you will need to understand the main three different types of filter. Paper, cotton gauze and of course foam.
You’ll find paper filters in almost every car from the factory, they are the OEM choice, partially down to price and partially as they do filter well enough. The holes in these filters can only be so wide and working out a fine balance between airflow and filtration in this media limits the potential due to its restrictive nature.
Paper filters are also a one-time use, due to the media used. They must also be replaced with each service as they quickly get blocked up and lose performance. For these reasons, although usually the cheapest option as a single product, over a span of years these filters end up being a lot more expensive.
Foam filters take the idea of having larger holes and using oil to catch the dirt particles, but use this in a different format. The Multi laminate reticulated foam uses layers of different specifications of foam, each layer catching different sized particles whilst allowing the air to flow freely. This gives foam an advantage over the cotton filter, although both filters flow well, the foam media allows the filter to still maintain airflow even at high levels of Dust loading.
The long-term benefit is that it won't get blocked up or lose performance over time, meaning that the performance of the air filter is consistent from service to service, you maintain that brand new filter performance.
So, why choose foam?
Although it may seem relatively obvious from the information that has already been supplied, here is a diagram which will allow you to better visualise the difference between the 3.
It's due to this ability to be able to filter such high quantities of dirt efficiently, that nearly every single off road vehicle in the world uses a foam filter. Even cotton gauze manufacturers use foam oversock to prevent the cotton gauze from blocking in off road applications.
So the main take away to be had here is that, a new foam filter will flow just as well as any other filter on the market, but where it really excels is its ability to maintain that airflow throughout its cycle, meaning that it outperforms the other filters throughout the rest of its life cycle.
It's not just about performance.
A better breathing filter and more air flow can also mean you see better fuel economy from your car. Foam filters can be washed every yearly service or 10000 miles, meaning that you buy once and aren’t paying for a filter every time you service your car. Because the filter can be washed, it makes it an eco-friendlier option.
Our filters will not void your warranty.
Oil, won’t that ruin my MAF?
This is a common misconception, and every aftermarket brand of filter makers will tell you this as they are almost all oiled as well. Selling thousands upon thousands of filters every year, and having next to no mention of MAF problems we will tell you the same. This myth comes from a few vehicle service shops to try and bump up the price of your service by replacing the filter with a paper instead of just bypassing it. We control the level of oil impregnated into our foam, adding just enough to allow the filter to work but not so much that it ever leaves the filter.
If you have any other questions then please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.