airfilter cleaning question
I recently got a 2001 that I know nothing about... I was doing routine maint on the bike to get it up to speed and came across a K&n air filter that at COVERED in nasty grime and crap. I know there are some peeps out there who feel the K&N's are inferior when it comes to dirt riding but my current concern is getting the bike running smooth on a street level so I can trouble shoot other potential problems as I can always change the air filter down the road.
Anyway, I pulled the filter, used the K&N cleaning kit and got the grime off. I washed it dry for a while until it was ready for oil. I applied the oil liberally as suggested in the directions. I grabbed some all purpose marine grease and put it around the seals of the filter (not on the actual cone, just where plastic meets plastic to ensure a proper seal). I put it back on the bike and started it up. With the choke fully on it works great, it rolls into a decent idol at aprox half choke but cuts out when the choke is off. Is this common when cleaning/re oiling a k&n filter? Before I touched the filter it would start a full choke and idol with zero choke. Is it common for a K&N filter when initially oiled to starve the engine of air? is it something that just needs to be ridden for a bit to clear up? Should I just clean the filter again a spray less oil on it to allow additional air flow? (when it said liberally apply the oil I did just that, it wasn't totally overkill but it was definitely liberal). If anyone can clear up the issue I would be grateful. Thank you!
Last edited by bobjohnson; 02-18-2009 at 11:31 PM.