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post #1 of 16 Old 11-11-2009, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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How often do you clean your air filter?

I ride 99.7% on road. Never any serious offroad. How often should I be cleaning the air filter?




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post #2 of 16 Old 11-11-2009, 04:44 PM
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not often enough. I think every couple thousand miles is recommended, unless you live in dusty conditions, then it's probably every couple weeks. That's one of the things I just don't think about until it's almost too late. I'm still trying to get used to pro-active maintenance thinking, which is mandatory if you ride on two wheels.
Four wheels are a lot more forgiving.
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post #3 of 16 Old 11-11-2009, 05:44 PM
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I check mine when I change oil. The air filter usually gets dirtier on the back side because of where the air enters.

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post #4 of 16 Old 11-11-2009, 07:16 PM
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I have cleaned mine once and used gear oil to saturate it. Clymer recommends oil made for filters. Anyone know a good brand or specific type? The stuff that was on it was kind of reddish and real sticky.
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The idea is to lightly oil the foam so it will capture the dirt. Too heavy of oil and you can restrict the air flow and create a rich A/F mixture.

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Dan,

I installed a K&N years ago and clean it at the beginning of the riding season. Just take a look and if it looks dirty you know what to do. Get out your Magnum and pump it full of lead dude. You'll feel better after you do it.

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Ard, you're back! Let me guess, tranquil days spent outdoing Thoreau? Something that will make me want to say screw work, grab my rods and the girls and leave "civilization" once and for all?!?!? Pictures at least?!?!

I know this isn't the same as catching a giant trout on a fly you tied, but I caught the biggest bluegill I've seen in real life a few weeks ago. Monster. Substantially bigger than my hand and twice as thick (I have big hands).




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Dan,

It is not important what kind of fish you catch or even that you catch any that matters. What matters is that something drives you to go to the water and wash out your mind.

"They call it fishing, not catching"

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Air filter? What's that? ... lol Been awhile since I haven't been offroad much.
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Air filter? What's that? ... lol Been awhile since I haven't been offroad much.
You would be surprised how much dirt is OnRoad.

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