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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 12-03-2013, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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I need to clean my air filter .The maintenance manual suggest a non-flammable solvent.( don't know what that would be, dish washing liquid?) and I don't understand why I should soak it in SAE 30 motor oil. Can someone enlighten me? The bike has been good to me ,I wanna be good to her and do it right.
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as for the solvent, non flammable for safety during cleaning, also to prevent flammable gasses from entering the engine after cleaning, and many solvents of that nature may damage the filter.

Oil.. thats an easy one. the stock filter is foam, and foam by itself isnt much of a filter. but add a little oil, and it starts sucking dirt outta the air very well. Oil bath filters where used for years in autos, and still are in some industrial and other applications.

And by soak, they mean put a small amount on the filter and squeeeeeeeze out about as much of it as you can get out.
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Cool, thanks Michiganteddybear.. the oil thing makes sense.. yet I still don't know what solvent to use.. can you suggest a name brand?
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Just use some gasoline man. Or kerosene if you have it. A little bit goes a long way so you don't have to fill up a bucket or anything. If you use gas just make sure you let it dry out before you put the oil on or you end up thinning the oil out. You can use something mild like dish soap and water but you need to make sure you rinse all the soap outta the filter and let it dry before you oil.

If you are looking for a pre-packaged product you can try k&n or wix. They both sell filter maintenance kits.

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Mineral Spirits are the best solvent for cleaning the filters. Do not use dish washing detergent. or other types of soap.
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I can only give advice about stuff I've done lol. I've used dish soap before with no I'll effects. Like I said, I made sure to get all the soap out and let it thoroughly dry before oiling. I prefer to use gasoline to clean mine just because I always have some on hand.

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I've used gas exclusively in the past, but decided to baby the Uni filters. They actually recommend a soap, like dishwashing liquid. I can't see soap hurting foam at all.

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only problems I would see with using soap have already been mentioned... getting it rinsed clean, and making sure it fully dry before oiling.

nice thing about gas (and other solvents) they usually evap quickly making the drying quicker
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I kinda take my air compressor for granted, I forget everyone doesn't have one. The sun was blazing pretty hard too when I cleaned them last so they dried pretty quick.

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I use DAWN dish soap....no residue and all the old oil is removed without damaging the foam.

Hey! if it works on animal rescues from oil slicks, it must be fine for foam filters....lol
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