Air Filter Replacement.


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Air Filter Replacement.

Postby dtrider » Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:46 pm



Spent the day doing my first air filter replacement on the Wing. Man is that ever a long process. I have the Fred Harmen DVDs and having that to walk me through it all was a big help, but it's still not something I'll be looking forward to again.


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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby Red Ron » Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:49 pm

Did it a couple of times on the '08 I used to have. Haven't done it yet on the '13. Many say it is a little easier now on the '12 and above models.

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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby Jeff M » Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:55 pm

Is it more involved than with a 1500? I have a 1500 and am considering making the switch.

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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:03 pm

Jeff M wrote:Is it more involved than with a 1500? I have a 1500 and am considering making the switch.


Changing an air filter on the GL1500 is a cakewalk compared to the process involved on a GL1800. I can change a GL1500 air filter in under half an hour. The GL1800 air filter is buried, and takes 1-2 hours to replace. If it's your first time, give yourself at least 4 hours.

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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby BBrenner » Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:23 pm

It's not all that bad. And it's not like you have to do it every year unless you ride a lot.
Changed mine in just over a hour after watching a you tube video .( 06 gl1800)
Local dealer charges a hour labor. One thing they do recommend is using the screen from the old filter and making a little protector for the air inlet to keep mice out.

Honda could have made it easier but what would we have to complain about if they had? :o :o

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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby dnehasert » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:11 pm

Takes about 5 minutes on the 1100 ! :D

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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby BBrenner » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:35 pm

I forgot to mention that my 1800 is RED . that makes it the fastest so air filter change is really fast too :D :D

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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby g2loq » Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:49 pm

..and you can add a couple of hours if your model is fitted with an airbag... :(
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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby WINGER3 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:55 am

BBrenner wrote:I forgot to mention that my 1800 is RED . that makes it the fastest so air filter change is really fast too :D :D

I have the same model in red and it took almost 2 hr. to replace so the red was slow for me but that might just be mine. The PO I bought it from had never replaced it before and it had 41K mi. on it, held it up to the sun, could only see about 2 sq. inches of light, don't know how it could run but it did. I replaced it with a K&N filter just like on all my other bike's and cars/trucks, so won't take another look at it for a least 50K mi. and yes I know all the stories about how bad the K&N is for any motor, but have never had one carb or engine problem with them for over 30 years that I have used them. :mrgreen:
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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby dtrider » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:24 am

It took me a long time because I had never cracked open the shell on a 'Wing before so I wanted to take my time to see how everything is on there. As I said having the Fred Harmen videos was a big help since he showed me where all the tabs and catches were (hearing that plastic crack as you are pulling it apart is a bit nerve-wracking), and he even had the idea of marking the bolts so that I would know which one goes where when I put it back together (they aren't all the same even though they may look like it once installed). I think after I've done it a few times I'll get better at it and it won't take as long, but I have a feeling that it will always be at least a couple hours to get it all done.
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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby PastoT » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:56 pm

DTRider the sad solution to the air filter change is not riding so much.... not mine but! :lol: I swear Honda built the 1800 around the air filter. After the first it gets faster my first took just over two hours, the last was 90 minutes. The filter change alone is so discouraging I think many ride well beyond a point where it should be changed and just suffer the performance or mileage issues just dreading pulling the bike apart.
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Re: Air Filter Replacement.

Postby jinx » Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:02 am

Gets easier as you get more practice. As far as the K&N filters I put then in all my vehicles at first filter change. I now have 199,000 miles on my 06 1800 and 175,000 miles on my car and both run fine. Checked the wing compression at 150,000 miles and it was between 190 and 200 psi. on all cylinders. Just my experience yours may differ.




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