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KTM 1290 Series DNA Air Box Kit Top Cover AK-KT12MK3X-S3

Stage 3 with Two filters for Expedition and Rally Use

DNA Filters
Supplier : DNA Filters
Part Number : KTM-1290S3X
ERP Code : DNA-1486

DNA High Performance Filters with its innovative and environmentally friendly design has proven that can compete with the best in the industry and convince an international and independent top-class jury. We were able to prevail over extremely ambitious competitors in one of the most renowned design contests in the world.The Reddot awarded DNA Stage 3 application!

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Make: KTM

CC: 1090 / 1190 / 1290

DNA Filtering Efficiency: 98-99%


Product Information

  • This stage 3 application has two double barrier filters.
  • The filtering efficiency is extremely high at 98-99% filtering efficiency, with 4 layers of DNA® Cotton for maximum engine protection.
  • This DNA Stage 3 Air Box Kit is designed as a High flow Air Box Kit for Expedition and Rally use.
  • The filter is plug and play and includes a special plaque for the assembly of the OEM system.
  • This Stage 3 application is developed for race & track use and in some countries it may not be legal to use it on the road.
  • ECU remapping is recommended for optimum results and maximum performance.

The Anatomy of a DNA High Performance Filter

This is what Power is made of!

A DNA High Performance Filter is a high quality, next generation multilayer cotton gauze,flameproof, oil impregnated air filter.


1. The DNA Cotton


This very special cotton is designed by DNA's R&D engineers for High Performance filtering purposes. The basic media is a non woven surgical cotton gauze with a modified TEX & THREAD, with extremely high strength of break. This unique cotton media, actually is a "hairy hybrid" featuring extremely high air flow rates and excellent filtering efficiency that exceeds 98%.


2. The DNA Wire Mesh


The DNA wire mesh, is a very special material designed by DNA's R&D engineers. Made out of marine grade 5000 series Aluminum, features a unique "wrap & fill" and precisely calculated wire diameter, to have the necessary high tensile strength and elasticity to last a lifetime. Additionaly it is protected against oxidation by a fine layer of epoxy coating. The DNA wire mesh is designed to perfectly support the cotton layers and at the same time not restrict the air flow.


3. The DNA Filtering Media


The DNA Filtering Media consists of 4 layers of DNA cotton, sandwiched between 2 layers of DNA wire mesh, precisely pleated all together. We produce a very wide selection of media, starting from 8 mm to 50 mm height, with an infinite size of "Pitch". Actually we can choose from an unlimited combination of DNA Filtering Media when designing a new filter. Another important feature of our filtering media is the "Large pleat edge radius". This feature allows the edge to be an active part of the filtering media, instead of a "dead" inactive area as our competitors is. The result is a unified high air flow of the filter. The only drawback of this design is that the media is very sensitive during production before molding and must be handled with extreme care, increasing the production cost.


4. The DNA Filter Oil


This is an extremely important part of the DNA filter. As soon as the DNA Oil is added to the cotton media, the cotton is "static charged" and transformed into an unbeatable filtering material! To achieve this fantastic result we have developed a unique air filter oil formula. The specifications of our DNA Air Filter Oil are as impressive as our filters are. Humidity will not attack the oil, even if the filter is submersed in water. The flow of the filter remains unchanged even under extreme rainy conditions with high humidity. (We have seen many competitors' filters transformed into a "milky mess" when it rains, severely reducing the performance of the engine). The oil has low viscosity, plus very high temperature resistance and stability. It will uniformly spread and stay on the filter regardless the temperature. Additionaly, it is UV resistant and easily soluble to assist cleaning the filter.


5. The DNA PU (elastomer polyurethane)


The DNA PU is a thixotropic material, that we use to manufacture the high quality "frame" of the filter, with unique material specifications. High tensile strength with the necessary hardness for each application, high temperature, fuel and oil resistance, the DNA PU will keep the filtering media in place, it will absorb vibration and will last for a life-time.


6. The DNA EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate polymer) closed cell seals


We use only high quality EVA seals. Precisely cut and factory installed (glued) using industrial grade adhesive, guaranty a perfect airtight sealing and trouble free filter installation for the user. The DNA EVA seals and the industrial adhesive are fuel, oil and temperature resistant. Additionally the DNA cleaner will not affect them when the filter is cleaned!


7. The DNA FCd design technology


The DNA FCd design or "Welcome to the Future"! At least 20% and up to 80% more filtration area, using DNA FCd technology is common. The unique revolutionary design, an innovation by DNA, allows the pleated filtering media to follow precisely the air box contour, regardless the complexity of the shape, seriously increasing air flow. Taking advantage of the complete footprint of the air box, we eliminate "dead spots" that rob power. If the area is there why not use it!


Red Dot design award


DNA High Performance Filters awarded with the prestigious

"Red Dot Product Design Award 2012"


We are proud to announce that our DNA High Performance "Stage 3 MK3 Air Box Kit" for the KTM 990 Series motorcycles has been awarded with the prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award 2012.


The Red Dot Design Awards.


The Red Dot design award dates back to 1955 and is now one of the world's largest and most distinguished design competitions. The "Red Dot award: product design" is a world-class award presented to products released over the past two years that exhibit superiority in terms of a total of nine aspects, including innovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecology, durability and design. DNA High Performance Filters with its innovative and environmentally friendly design has proven that can compete with the best in the industry and convince an international and independent top-class jury. We were able to prevail over extremely ambitious competitors in one of the most renowned design contests in the world.


The Red Dot Product Design Awards 2012


This year, 1,800 manufacturers and designers from 58 countries were hunting for the acknowledged Red Dot – the quality seal for aesthetic forms and lasting trends.4,515 products had to be assessed by the jury composed of 30 international experts. As always, they tested and evaluated live and on-site in Essen, Germany. Due to the consistently high quality of the products submitted, it was not easy for the renowned experts to make their decision.In the end, only the best of the top-class field of participants could prevail, DNA Filters was among them.

Since 1955, when the Red Dot design competition started, it's the very first time that a "Performance Air Filter Company" has been awarded with a "Red Dot Product Design Award" for an Air Filter product!

DNA Filters with Mr. Dino Nikolaidis, company's founder, CEO and Designer of the MK3, is proudly the First worldwide!

Mr. Dino Nikolaidis comments: "I am deeply touched and honored to win the prestigious Red Dot award. Our total commitment to quality and innovative design of environmentally friendly products has proven that a Hi Tech engineering company from Greece can prevail among the best and lead the industry with its products.

The DNA "Stage 3 MK3 Air Box Kit" is a Hi Tech passion item, completely machined out of billet aluminum alloy, increases the performance of the bike and represents the company's philosophy for stimulating the emotions of the rider, now with the Red Dot Seal of Quality it is even more desirable.
It is a perfect example of our dedicated passion for excellence that is applied to every DNA product.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the Red Dot design award, pointed to the high quality level of the competition: "The most distinguished products of the respective branch of industry faced up not only to the tough competition this year again, but also to the critical eye of the jury. The experts thoroughly examined, tested and evaluated each individual entry applying the highest standards. With their performances, the laureates did not only demonstrate an extraordinary design quality but they also showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions. At this high level, the winners are able to increase their potential for success on the market considerably by purposefully using our design prize.


The Presentation of the Awarded DNA "Stage 3 MK3 Air Box Kit".


The DNA "Stage 3 MK3 Air Box Kit" will be included in the Red Dot Design Year book 2012-2013, presented at the Red Dot Design Museum in Germany, at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore and will be listed in the Red Dot Online exhibition, for one year from the day of the award ceremony. The award ceremony took place at the Aalto-Theater, Essen 2nd of July 2012 and the celebration continued the same evening at the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany.


DNA Test & Results

The DNA Flow and Dyno Tests.

We test every single filter. Satisfaction guarantied.

The DNA Air Flow Tests

For the air flow tests, we use the most advanced flow bench available today.

The ROTRONICS FlowScan, is a totally computerized flow bench that measures:

  • Mass of the air,
  • Flow of the air,
  • Temperature of the air,
  • Absolute air pressure,
  • Differential air pressure,
  • Speed of the air at various points (Pitot tubes),
  • Absolute humidity of the air.

The complete procedure is automated and computer controlled, eliminating human errors.


The DNA Dyno Tests

For the Dyno Tests, we use the industry standard Dynojet chassis dyno equipped with eddy current load control, Dynojet 250LC. Our dyno cell is equipped with a variable flow air cooling system, designed to precisely simulate real world conditions.

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