Air Filter


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Air Filter

Postby indianakid » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:48 am



I was in need of a new air filter for my 83. and of course i went to ebay where i found what i was looking for for a fantastic price ( under $11.00) and free shipping! Seemed too good to be true. filter arrived yesterday. Looked to be made of good quality materials and construction. So far I am very happy. Took the old one out (it defiantly needs to be replaced) and in a "quick" comparison they looked to be identical..... until I tried to put the top back on and it would not seat. That is when i noticed the "Fastener Dish" was not as deep as the removed filter by about .2 inches. I have contacted the vendor through ebay and waiting for their response. Does any one know if the 1200 takes a taller filter ???? or is this just a classic case of parts being made wrong ?????? will update when i know more.
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Re: Air Filter

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:47 pm

It's a known problem with aftermarket air filters for the GL1100/GL1200. It's not a huge problem - you can just bolt the lid back on place and have it lifted around the edges a bit. The outside of the air filter is the unfiltered air anyway, so the only thing you'd be doing is drawing air in around the lid of the filter box instead of through the intended intakes. The filter is still sealed at the bottom to the plenum and is still doing its job.

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Re: Air Filter

Postby indianakid » Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:29 pm

you are correct !

it will still filter the incoming air..........

however without the cover being sealed / seated the baffling / quieting of the intake air is not as good and the tool kit tray does not fit (I tried). And i would just like it to be right. I want to give the vendor a chance to make good on the sale. I am hoping that they have a correct filter in stock.

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Re: Air Filter

Postby indianakid » Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:14 am

OK……………………
The vendor did not have a correct filter but offered to refund my money if I returned the filter in the original packaging in new un-used condition. Well slight problem as I had already engraved the mileage and date into the filter and return shipping was customer responsibility. Well chalk up points for the vendor who offered to pay for shipping. After giving it some thought and the fact that the filter is no longer in “new” condition I decided to keep the filter and modify it to fit. Here is what I did…………….

Ps: The filter is a Hiflo Air Filter HFA1905 that is offered by many vendors and as stated earlier is of good quality (in my opinion) other than the fitment issue which seems to be a known condition per WingAdmin. My goal is that this information helps other GL1100 owners and hopefully gets the filters corrected at Hiflo.
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Re: Air Filter

Postby CMReynolds1 » Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:58 am

You are one ingenious person. Nice work, too!
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Re: Air Filter

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:05 am

That's a great solution! But what do you do the next time...? :lol:

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Re: Air Filter

Postby indianakid » Tue Nov 24, 2015 5:47 pm

"But what do you do the next time...?"

Good question...... to which i have already given some thought..........

First choice would be I get a filter that fits correctly right out of the box. It would be nice if the folks at HiFlo (the manufacturer of the filter) would see this post and correct their tooling so all GL1100 owners would benefit.

And if that doesn't happen I purposely chose RTV Silicone as opposed to an epoxy (or JB weld) so the parts can easily be disassembled and re-use the repair part in the new filter.

Some additional thoughts............ since an air filter is a commonly replaced item it would be nice to hear what brand of filters do or don't fit and what do they cost. I paid $10.75 delivered to the house. I consider that a bargain. Maybe there could be a sticky post in maintenance that lists "good" aftermarket part sources. and part numbers.

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Re: Air Filter

Postby f1xrupr » Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:52 pm

I ran into the same problem with my ebay filter-looks like the same one you have-I contacted them-they gave me some yada yada. I sat it down over a piece of schedule 40 pvc about 1 foot long, then set a smaller object in the middle on the top, and wacked it a few times with a mini sledge-worked great.


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