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Air filter inspection

Post by SequiMike » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:13 pm



This has probably been brought up before, so pardon me if it's a duplication of a past post. A friend and I were discussing inspection of his air filter (2002 Gold Wing) and all the work involved in getting to it. I recently changed the filter on my 2014 and know what a big job it can be, so to try something different than tearing it all down, I removed the left fairing pocket from my bike and inserted a small inspection camera (think cheapo proctoscope-like) into the intake tube and ran it down to the filter. I think I paid less than $20 for the camera setup, and it connects to my iphone via wifi, allowing me to view the results and take pictures. This would have been handy years ago when I bought a used 1500 that had been stored in an outside shed and finally got around to changing the filter. Turns out it was completely covered with acorns (damn squirrels!).




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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by keithg64 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:44 pm

That's a great way to inspect the air filter. Thank you and congratulations.
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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:30 pm

Pretty much the same can be done by removing either air duct and looking in with a flashlight.

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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by SequiMike » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:04 pm

Can you pull the ducts without removing any of the bodywork? That would certainly be easy if it works.
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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:09 am

SequiMike wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:04 pm
Can you pull the ducts without removing any of the bodywork? That would certainly be easy if it works.
No, the shelter needs removed to get a duct off.

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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by keithg64 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:03 pm

And remember when you are in there to change the filter, put a screen over the inlet of the air ducts to prevent any critters entering into the filter and making a home.
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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by SequiMike » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:07 pm

GoldWingrGreg wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:09 am
SequiMike wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:04 pm
Can you pull the ducts without removing any of the bodywork? That would certainly be easy if it works.
No, the shelter needs removed to get a duct off.
That's kind of the point of using the little scope - almost nothing has to be disassembled to do the inspection.
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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by Shiney Side Up » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:37 pm

That's a great idea to use the 'scope.' That would encourage me to check the filter more often.

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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by dtrider » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:46 pm

That's a great idea. Care to share the details of the specific camera that you use?
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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by SequiMike » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:10 pm

dtrider wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:46 pm
That's a great idea. Care to share the details of the specific camera that you use?
/dwight
It was something very similar to this - http://tinyurl.com/y7dyrd6g I've had it laying around here for some time now, so I don't remember exactly where I bought it. Most likely from one of the (many) Chinese outlets, or from ebay.
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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:48 pm

dtrider wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:46 pm
That's a great idea. Care to share the details of the specific camera that you use?
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I've been using this camera for a while now with great success. I used it just this past weekend, in fact. Cheap, reliable and it works.

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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:06 am

Many use them in conjunction with a smart phone such as this one.

https://www.amazon.com/USB-Borescope-En ... 7488&psc=1

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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by hvyrtft » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:52 am

SequiMike wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:13 pm
This has probably been brought up before, so pardon me if it's a duplication of a past post. A friend and I were discussing inspection of his air filter (2002 Gold Wing) and all the work involved in getting to it. I recently changed the filter on my 2014 and know what a big job it can be, so to try something different than tearing it all down, I removed the left fairing pocket from my bike and inserted a small inspection camera (think cheapo proctoscope-like) into the intake tube and ran it down to the filter. I think I paid less than $20 for the camera setup, and it connects to my iphone via wifi, allowing me to view the results and take pictures. This would have been handy years ago when I bought a used 1500 that had been stored in an outside shed and finally got around to changing the filter. Turns out it was completely covered with acorns (damn squirrels!).
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Did you go to a K&N filter or are most folks using a stock air filter? I'm thinking about changing out my stock to a K&N so as to not have to tear everything apart as often.

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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by keithg64 » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:02 am

I run oem as I believe most of us do. With oem you still won't have to check or clean or replace until 40k to 50k miles as long as no mice have gotten in there. And with that when you do check your filter put a screen over the intake runners.
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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by hvyrtft » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:32 am

keithg64 wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:02 am
I run oem as I believe most of us do. With oem you still won't have to check or clean or replace until 40k to 50k miles as long as no mice have gotten in there. And with that when you do check your filter put a screen over the intake runners.
For screen material are you just using some window screen material or something else like chicken wire size which I would think has too big of a hole.

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Re: Air filter inspection

Post by keithg64 » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:04 pm

It was a chicken wire type with smaller holes but bigger then a screen.


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