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post #1 of 23 Old 05-22-2012, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Air filter question

What are you guys/ gals running for an air filter? I run a [email protected] filter but it's becoming a pain in the butt. I just cleaned it and put 500km on the bike and all street km and the filter is black already. My concern is I just did the L mod this week and if the down pour ever stops I'll actually get back on it and ride again. But now it's probably gonna get even dirtier even faster as there is more air entering the air box. Any help for this thing or just clean the filter more often. Are the factory filter any good? I changed mine as soon as I bought the bike new.

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post #2 of 23 Old 05-23-2012, 12:05 AM
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I run the factory filter.



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What are you guys/ gals running for an air filter? I run a [email protected] filter but it's becoming a pain in the butt. I just cleaned it and put 500km on the bike and all street km and the filter is black already. My concern is I just did the L mod this week and if the down pour ever stops I'll actually get back on it and ride again. But now it's probably gonna get even dirtier even faster as there is more air entering the air box. Any help for this thing or just clean the filter more often. Are the factory filter any good? I changed mine as soon as I bought the bike new.

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I use a UNI filter, that's all that was available when I got my bike. I would buy a Twin Air filter now. I always use No-toil oil and cleaner on foam filters.

Get a couple of foam filters and have one cleaned and oiled in a bag ready to go.

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UNI here too. As soon as I finish off my current filter oil, I'm going to NoToil oil and cleaner. Hate dealing with the solvents. I have three that I rotate through. When I have two dirty filters, I clean and oil them at my convenience, then throw them in a ziplock.
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I wait until my wife is at work then bring up my air filter and clean it in the kitchen sink with Dawn dishwashing detergent. It works well.

I use some kind of spray-on foam air filter oil that's pretty handy.



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I switched over to the UNI filter (keeping the stock filter as a spare) based upon this thread: http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.php?t=10344
(a good example of the collective wisdom of our group).
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I wait until my wife is at work then bring up my air filter and clean it in the kitchen sink with Dawn dishwashing detergent. It works well.

I use some kind of spray-on foam air filter oil that's pretty handy.
Thats funny as heck cause i do the same thing. But the kitchen still stinks when my wife gets home and she gives me grief for it.

Anyways Thumper, sounds to me like your K&N is doing its job. I use the uni-filter, and try not to go too long between cleanings, depending on riding conditions of course. Infact, it had just been cleaned when I went on a 50mile ride this weekend on super dry dirt roads and checked the filter as soon as i got home, it was filthy and required another clean.
It's such a small filter, unlike say a dirtbike type which is quite a large filter in comparison and does require alittle more frequent cleaning if off road alot.

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Over the years I've heard WAY too many times not to use K and N filters for off road use.. So I don't..

I use a UNI and the stocker.. I always have a clean one oiled and in a gallon zip loc bag. I pull the old one out, clean around the mounting surface, and install. Then I clean the old one (in the sink with dishwashing detergent) let dry, oil and stick back in the bag for when it's needed.
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Good plan. Well I'll pick up a Uni filter and dig out my original filter. The [email protected] will be cleaned and ready as aback up I guess. Thanks for the advice ya'll




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Does anybody else add a filet/bead/seal of grease around the filter mounting surfaces like I do? Don't really know where I learned that, but figure it can't hurt?



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