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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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What is the best way to oil up the new OEM replacement filters? Fit them over the plastic cage first or get the filter oiled and then fit them on?

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Put em in a ziplock and soak them. Carefully squeeze/wring out as much oil as you can. Blot dry with a paper towel.
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Wheres the best place to buy the OEM replacement filters from?

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Local Ma Kaw dealer has the best prices, even cheaper than ordering online + no shipping charges.
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I have a way that I use when oiling mower filters.
Will work the same on the bike filters.
I put on a pair of rubber gloves, then I clean them with soap and warm water and pat them dry with paper towels.
I then add a small amount of oil to them, squeeze the oil through them, make sure they are coated, but you don't want too much on them.
Then wrap them in a paper towel, and squeeze the excess out of them.
Works for me, and have never had any filtration issues.
30W oil seems to work the best, but you want to follow the instructions.
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I use Emgo filters from DK. They are the same as oem, but cheaper. I don't worry about getting oil on my hands (or gasoline either) since I work with the stuff all the time. I just pour some 20w50 oil onto the dry filter, and squeeze it around until the filter is soaked. I squeeze out some of the excess, but leave the filter very wet with oil. I then install the filter over the holder, and put some grease (usually common wheel bearing/chassis grease) on the back edge of the filter where it seals against the airbox. Then I wash my hands in gasoline to remove the oil, and then something like GoJo to remove the gas. Yes, my skin is all messed up from having done that for 4 decades, but it's what I do, both to make a living and as a hobby, so there is really no way around it. I laugh when I see new mechanics putting on what I call doctors gloves. I can't feel anything through those slippery things. Apparently they teach them in school that getting gas, oil, grease, brake fluid, anti-freeze, and a number of other automotive chemicals on your skin will kill you. Such is not the case, or I wouldn't be here.

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