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2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions For repair, maintaining or modifying discussions related to the newly updated 2008 and beyond, Generation 2 KLR650 Motorcycle.

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post #11 of 14 Old 08-14-2019, 01:12 AM
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How about using Kerosene to clean the filter? Would it be too harsh? I just eyeballed my filter a couple weeks ago and it's doing fine thus far but I know I'll probably need to clean it before I put the bike away for winter.
Anything that will take the dirty oil out of the filter including kerosene, gasoline and dish soap will work.
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post #12 of 14 Old 08-14-2019, 08:10 PM
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From reading the above I think the high tech filter cleaning systems are the culprit. I have about 100,000 miles on my oldest 2008 and I think it still has the original filter in it. I just squeeze them in some gasoline, squeeze it out and let them dry a few minutes and go ride.

I did have the glue on about an inch of one seam come loose at a motel in Mexico. I went to an office supply store and bought some rubber cement and fixed it. It never came loose.

Get some rubber cement and put that one back together just to see if it works for you.
GoMotor, in your haste to post, you forgot the All Important step to Re-Oil your air filter..

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post #13 of 14 Old 08-15-2019, 04:58 AM
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I always use Kerosene to clean my filter. I then wash out the kero with hot water with a little dish washing detergent added. The water is never so hot that I can't stand putting my hand in it. I usually squeeze the filter several times while it is submerged in the hot soapy water.

If any one is interested, the Clymer manual instructs people to use foam filter cleaner, Kerosene or soapy water. obviously, as can be learned from reading this thread, that is not an exhaustive list of cleaning chemicals that can be used.
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post #14 of 14 Old 08-15-2019, 11:33 AM
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GoMotor, in your haste to post, you forgot the All Important step to Re-Oil your air filter..
I have spent ten minutes trying to think of a good excuse for that oversight, but failed. Thanks for pointing out the most important part of cleaning the air filter.

I just finished changing over all my good aftermarket parts from KLR #2 to KLR #3 which I haven't even ridden two feet yet. I need to install a Thermo-Bob-3 for use with the 11 gallon IMS gas tank and maybe get to ride it TODAY.
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