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post #1 of 8 Old 05-15-2018, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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I'm doing a trip in a few weeks where I will need to carry a spare air filter element. I would like to know what the collective wisdom is regarding carrying it pre-oiled or oiling it immediatly pre fitment. It will be carried in a zip lock bag either way, & I will be carrying spare oil regardless.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-16-2018, 08:40 AM
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Hi -

For a long, dusty trip I'll usually pre-oil a filter a week in advance (so it has plenty of time to drain and get "sticky"), and then put it in a ziplock bag to keep it clean & not mess up my gear.

I think it's just easier to do at home, and then I don't have to carry any filter oil into the field.

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I often carry several pre-oiled filters with me in Zip lock bags; works great. when you swap, put the dirty filter in the zip lock.

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I'm doing a trip in a few weeks where I will need to carry a spare air filter element. I would like to know what the collective wisdom is regarding carrying it pre-oiled or oiling it immediatly pre fitment. It will be carried in a zip lock bag either way, & I will be carrying spare oil regardless.
Looking forward to feedback.
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I always pre-oil mine and stick in a zip-lock. Pretty sure when I picked up a spare filter at a dealer on a trip once it was pre-oiled and ready to use

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I always pre-oil mine and stick in a zip-lock. Pretty sure when I picked up a spare filter at a dealer on a trip once it was pre-oiled and ready to use
They are pre-oiled but it's a bit light IIRC. I'd re-oil myself using proper filter oil.

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Thanks for the feedback. all replies so far agree with my thoughts. When you are carrying a lot of gear pre-oiled is more convenient. Keeping maintenance time to a minimum allows more riding & sightseeing time.
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Carrying a pre oiled filter also saves you getting all oily and gross out in the boonies. Lol

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-18-2018, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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True, last year I managed to have the bike fall over in red sand while I was changing the filter. Thankfully before I took the airbox door off.
Long story. Having to oil the filter under those circumstances would have made it even more frustrating.
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