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Clean your air filter often - June 22, 2009, 11:35 AM

I set out to remove the secondary butterflies in the throttle bodies on the 10r this past Saturday night. Sorry, I was much too lazy to take photos. I think the last time I cleaned the air filter was in February, about 5000 miles ago. I was shocked at how much sand and grit was lurking at the bottom seal of the air filter. I ran to get my Riccar to vacuum that mess up before anything found it's way into the throttle bodies. The K&N filter was a mess too, but it cleaned right up per K&N's instructions that come with their filter maintenance kit.

CONCLUSION: If you haven't cleaned your air filter yet since early spring, get in there and do it. Those West Virginia roads were a mess and if you were following anyone out there, you've got a bunch of sand and grit in your intake. Take care of it.
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also, if you have a high flow air filter (especially bmc race) change your engine oil more often. the junk that gets sucked through the intake, ends up in the oil.
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do you have to take the air filter all the way out to clean it?


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I did a getto clean on my UNI in December, just before my Deals Gap trip I pulled it out, damn thing looked like is had chocolate icing on it! Well really it looked like fignewton filling. Probably looks like crap again already.


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Mine looked like copenhagen.



DEEP, you have to remove the filter to clean it properly. You're not supposed to reuse OEM filters, fyi. I don't know about other lifetime filters because I've only ever used K&N, but K&N sells a cleaner and an oil for the filters, and I follow their instructions to the letter except about drying. I usually put the filter in front of a hair dryer set to low, and it dries right out. I set it far enough away so that the rubber does not get too hot.


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In theory a K&N filter works better the dirtier it gets. They recommend something like a 50k mile service interval. * Depending on conditions of course.

Too little or too much oil is a bad thing. Don't oil until completely dry, I also never use any heat to speed the drying process.


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lol believe it or not, 18k miles, I've never touched my air filter.


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I set out to remove the secondary butterflies in the throttle bodies on the 10r this past Saturday night. Sorry, I was much too lazy to take photos. I think the last time I cleaned the air filter was in February, about 5000 miles ago. I was shocked at how much sand and grit was lurking at the bottom seal of the air filter. I ran to get my Riccar to vacuum that mess up before anything found it's way into the throttle bodies. The K&N filter was a mess too, but it cleaned right up per K&N's instructions that come with their filter maintenance kit.

CONCLUSION: If you haven't cleaned your air filter yet since early spring, get in there and do it. Those West Virginia roads were a mess and if you were following anyone out there, you've got a bunch of sand and grit in your intake. Take care of it.
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also, if you have a high flow air filter (especially bmc race) change your engine oil more often. the junk that gets sucked through the intake, ends up in the oil.
Really? How do you know this?


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Really? How do you know this?
where else would it go? why do you think a bike with a stock air filter has clean clearish oil longer then a bike with a race filter or no filter? its common knowledge.
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Really? How do you know this?
The high flow filters are higher flow everything.

Higher flow of air.

Higher flow of dirt.

You can't get more of one without more of the other.

For the most part the stuff that goes in your cylinders isn't going to get in your oil. However, if your crankase ventilation relies on your intake filters to filter it's air, as is often the case, well that is dirtier air directly to your crankcase and oil.


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even if breather doesnt vent into the intake, you'd be surprised the amount of stuff that gets in the oil through the cylinders.
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Well, compared to the flow from the crank breather, blowby is a drop in the bucket. Unless your rings are fucked.


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its a drop in the bucket 2000-15000 times a minute....
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