Air Cleaner


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Air Cleaner

Postby liteship » Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:06 pm



I have just completed changing the air filter. while i had the fairings off i did the headlamps. Is there anything else that I should be doing or looking at while the fairings are off?


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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby thrasherg » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:33 am

You could check the slack in the cruise control cable, otherwise I can't think of anything else..

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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:26 pm

I liteship

As Gary said the cruse control cable and check the density of your antifreeze, it's better for Canada.

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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby dragon2000 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:46 pm

For your Air Filter, did you replace it with an paper "OEM" Honda filter or with a K & N filter?

From what I understand, the change intervals for the airfilter is 33K (miles). From what my dealership told me for them to change it, it is about a 3 hr job. I am just wondering if it is worth it to replace it with a K & N?

Also for those who have put a K & N filter in, did they notice a difference in gas mileage?

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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby flash2002 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:12 am

I did install a k & n filter on my valk, I did get a bit better mileage and a little more pep. I was thinking of installing a k & n in my gold wing, but it's going to be a pain to take out and clean every year. On the other hand, the oem filter is cheaper and I should only have to change it every two or three years depending on the mileage.
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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby Red Ron » Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:46 am

I haven't done mine yet but one thing I think I would do, in addition to what's already been mentioned, is to make sure any coolant hoses that you can see are tight.
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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby dragon2000 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:05 pm

flash2002 wrote:I did install a k & n filter on my valk, I did get a bit better mileage and a little more pep. I was thinking of installing a k & n in my gold wing, but it's going to be a pain to take out and clean every year. On the other hand, the oem filter is cheaper and I should only have to change it every two or three years depending on the mileage.


Thanks for the comments. I like you installed one on my Valkyrie and agree, gas mileage and pep was noticeable. I was hopefull the same results would be gained on a GW.

In regards to cleaning a K & N on a GW, if I end up doing it once a season I don't think it will be that bad (winter job). Reading the comments on another site, they mentioned cleaning can/should be done around the 25K (mile mark).

If I do that kind of mileage both bikes combined, that would be great season. It might even suggest that I fully retired. :)

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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby GreenDragon » Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:07 pm

I have not used anything but the OEM filter. I have used K&N in other bikes and not noticed any change in performance or mileage. It is better to use the OEM in my opinion. Check everything you can see and do not forget to plug in everything you unplugged. Don't ask how I know! Hate having to take it all apart again when something doesn't work! :roll:
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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby brentman » Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:55 pm

The air filter is one of the maintenance items that is put off due to the labor involved.

My 06' was purchased used with 66k miles. I changed the filter at 70k and it looks to be the original.

The job to replace it isn't really that bad, but it does seem so if you haven't done one before.

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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby canon » Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:33 pm

K& N filter is no big improvement for the 1800 GW. OEM filter costs much less than it did for the 1500. I change mine around 18k miles sometimes quite dirty & other times not that bad. However once you tear everything apart to that point it is smart to change out to new filter.
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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby dragon2000 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:10 pm

canon wrote:K& N filter is no big improvement for the 1800 GW. OEM filter costs much less than it did for the 1500. I change mine around 18k miles sometimes quite dirty & other times not that bad. However once you tear everything apart to that point it is smart to change out to new filter.


I noticed a difference on my Valkyrie when I installed a K & N. The one thing about parts here in Canada is the higher cost of those from the U.S. I am installing the Honda CB I got for Xmas so wiith 1/3 of the parts off I am going to bite the bullet and install one.

Thanks for everyones comments.

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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby brentman » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:24 pm

I guess that dirty looking filter was not as bad as it looked.

The mileage and power seems to be identical meaning that maybe it could have gone longer.

I'm glad I changed it though, so I will know exactly how many miles are on the filter.

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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby canon » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:14 pm

brentman if that was an original filter that is an extemely long time to have on a filter between changes. I don't think I would go ever more than 25k even tough it is a time consuming process to change. Also gives me a chance to clean & check other items in that area that don't get attention very often.
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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby Rambler444 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:12 pm

Ihave a 2001 1800 gw and it`s been setting for 10 years. the guy that owned it, since new put 12032 miles on it so it`s not hurt, but I`m thinking that this is a job that should be done . is there any videos anywhere that I can watch on changing this filter or is it better to have the dealer do ? I`m new at this gw thing. thanks for youer time cu Charlie :shock:
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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby Red Ron » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:25 am

I have changed mine since posting on this thread and have watched several others being changed. One thing observed is none needed changed until at least 30K miles. We have a lot of dusty roads in East Ky. Also, we started taking the double layer wire screen off of the bottom of the old filter and put one layer on the bottom end of each air intake and secure with zip ties. This prevents worry from mice building a nest in the filter.
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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby Steve F » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:41 am

Maybe clean and lube the headlight height mechanism with silicone spray, make sure the boots that go over the speedo and tach connections are in place to help keep out the crud.......anything else?
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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby ltcwm » Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:27 am

I have a K&N and it needs to be serviced after 2 years. I live where it is very dusty and I also live 3 miles down a dirt road.
The K&N allows me to make it 2 years when the OEM allowed only one year before a noticable reduction in performance.

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Re: Air Cleaner

Postby Sally » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:08 pm

From what I read use OEM filter here because no body takes time to clean the K&N like they should be. Sally


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