I have 24000 miles on my 08 wing, the book shows to replace at around 16 or 18 thousand miles. But, it seems like right now my gas mileage as improved to 35 to 36 miles per gal. My wing is triked out. Should I get ready to change the plus?
The other comments are all good. It wouldn't hurt to take them out and see how they look.
When I bought my new Wing, I changed them at the 3K mark and install NGK Iridium Plugs (links below). The reason for changing them so early was that I was installing chrome covers and highways pegs. Having these accessories on makes it a bit more work to get to the plugs.
As to whether they have provided better gas mileage, I am in the late 40's range (Interstate speeds). I also have these plugs installed on my 2000 Valkyrie and have no complaints at all.
Thanks for the replies and info. I have about another 2000 miles before I have to change the oil and the air filter. Since I will have the wing apart I can go ahead pull the plugs and check them. Thanks again.
tfdeputydawg wrote:You can also run that air filter for at least 50K!
I would be careful with that statement, the filters don't have that much surface area, and the life is HIGHLY dependent on the conditions you ride in. Here in Texas it is dry and dusty and the filter does get pretty clogged in 15,000 miles.. Your mileage may vary, but it's worth checking the filter before you change it as you might be good until the next scheduled change..
I am careful w/all my statements. That one is based on the assumpsion that people that live in dusty areas are already aware they can't run an air filter 50K. As far a surface area, the Wings air filter is one of the largest MC filters there is and has plenty of area, IMHO. If one is going to "check" it, by the time you get to it, you need to go ahead and put a new one in, hence my suggestion, under normal circumstanses, a Wings air filter is good for 50K
The wing air filter is physically large, but the pleats are not very deep so the actual area is not that great. IMHO
I agree that if you open the air box to check the filter then you might just as well go ahead and change it, but if it's your first wing (Like mine is to me) I would have no idea if it would need changing without opening the air box first and looking at it!! I will probably fit a K&N filter next time and then I will be good for 50K miles or more before needing to clean the filter!!
The first time I changed it, the filter was not bad, but changed it anyway. More than likely I will change it. Live in Roswell, Ga and ride mostly the N. Ga Mountains, roads are not that bad. Fours hours the first time I changed it, but had a couple of minor set backs, maybe 2.5 hours this time.
It is a big job the first time around. Like others have said, after the 1st the 2nd and subsequent are easier. In my area where the dustiest time is in the spring, I clean mine in the winter so I am ready for the riding season.
I have K & N's in my both my cars, my GW and Valkyrie and have never experienced a problem. While the cost up front is more, I save due to cost dealerships charge for the OEM in my area. At the same time I can use the recharge kits on all of my filters (cars and bikes).
Reading the post regarding the independent tests, the only thing I found was the link below.