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post #1 of 11 Old 07-13-2014, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Keep a spare air filter around

I've been using the NoToil filter oil for the last few cleanings and really liked it... So much that I bought one of their 2 liter jugs of it. Actually, I wanted a smaller bottle but that was all the dealership had in stock. It's the alcohol based stuff and it seems to work well. The NoToil cleaner wasn't in stock when I bought the oil but I read on the net (gotta be true right??) that Oxy Clean has the same active ingredients.

Lol, so I'm cleaning my filter in preparation for reoiling it and it comes apart like a cheap suit! Little bit of digging and I find out that the alcohol in the oil and the Oxy Clean eats the glue in the factory filter and some others. I don't recall reading this on the bottle of NoToil but I might have missed it, I'm not big on reading directions for the most part.

So, I call my nearest dealership to see if I can come grab one and they don't keep them in stock. 5 working days to get one in. Kind of a bummer as I'm on holidays right now and would have liked to do some riding. Thankfully I have my wing to scratch that itch so it wont be too bad. Lol. I could drive around Edmonton and probably find a dealer that has one in stock but I'd probably end up burning twice as much gas as the filter costs.

Moral of the story, keep a spare filter on hand and be certain that your cleaning/oiling regime is compatible with the filter your using... Lol, anyone want to buy a 3/4 full jug of NoToil?

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-13-2014, 09:54 AM
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Well, that sucks.

I just put a Uni filter in mine and am going to switch back and forth between the Uni and my stock filter as long as they hold up. I thought it would be nice to have one pre-oiled and ready to go instead of waiting for cleaning/drying/re-oiling.

I wait until my wife's not around then wash them in the kitchen sink using lukewarm water and Dawn dishwashing soap.



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Yup, I think I'm going to go the two filter route as well, that way you always have one oiled and ready. Lol, think I'll go back to my pre NoToil cleaning and oiling as well, never had a problem before I switched.

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Stew. Smart guys like me have a spare air filter. You are welcome to borrow one until yours arrives just don't clean it for me.

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Stew. Smart guys like me have a spare air filter. You are welcome to borrow one until yours arrives just don't clean it for me.
Thank you kindly for your generosity kind sir, but I think I'll wait for the new one to come in to teach myself a sharp lesson .

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Well, I got a hold of No-Toil's customer support and they told me that their older alcohol based filter oil will dissolve the glue on "stock and cheaper air filters". So in the interest of customer satisfaction they are sending me a replacement filter. Very good customer support I would say, but why not put that warning on the front of the jugs if they knew it ate the glue? They also wanted pics of my wrecked filter and are sending return postage so I can send it back to them after I get my replacement from them so they can check it out. Lol, darn, and I was going to try hot gluing it and using it till the replacement came!

So, I've got a stocker coming from Kawi that should be here Friday, and the replacement from No-Toil that will probably take a week or two to come. I can use up the oil I have on the No-Toil filter but the internet says that the alcohol even eats the No-Toil filters eventually. So, might just go back to the BelRay filter oil that I used for years and years and years, never had a problem with it but it was just messy to work with. I'll leave the No-Toil jug on the shelf to remind me that if it aint broke, don't fix it! Lol


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When it comes right down to it there is nothing in life that is - No Toil.

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Lol, true that!

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Yay! Got a call from the dealership tonight, my new filter is in! Lol, if it's not raining tomorrow I'm going to run in with the Wing and pick it up. I think I'll be picking up some new filter oil as well!

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Guess I'm lazy. Rather than wash, rinse, clean, dry, and re-oil the original filter, I just replace the dirty one with a clean OEM filter from my local KAW dealer every 5,000 miles or so. More often if I'm on gravel roads a lot. They're what, $15 bucks or so?

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