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Old 10-06-2003, 09:50 AM   #1
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After I have removed and washed my air filter out, what kind of oil can I use on the filter? Do I have to use air filter oil or can I use something else and if not do I have to do to an atv dealership to get it? Sorry if these are stupid questions but I have never done this before . Thanks
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stock filter - clean with solvent, oil with engine oil, dump some on squeeze out the excess.

Uni - clean with solvent, oil with foam filer oil - PJ1 or uni, my recommendations.

K&N - Use the K&N clening and oil kit.
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What kind of 'solvent' are you talking about? I usually use Castrol Super Clean...real good stuff, it'll even 'clean' the skin off your fingers after a while :)
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I just use gas to clean mine. But why do you need air filter oil? I don't put any on mine and it does fine.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Kahuna
But why do you need air filter oil? I don't put any on mine and it does fine.


Very bad, very, very bad...... Unless u are running a paper filter. Any and every foam style filter is designed to work with oil. The foam alone doesn't catch all the dirt particles, 2 months ago I rebuilt a buddies RM125, I told him to clean and oil the filter, he didn't. it lasted maybe 5 hours and the rings had a gap the size of a nickel, and were half the width they were supposed to be. The carb had a oily mud coating on the filter side. And the bike has a uni and a inner foam filter........

OIL YOUR FOAM FILTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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And clean them with what???
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mineral solvents is the best, if you don't have access to a solvent tank, I would buy some mineral spirits, cheap by the gallon. The prob. with gas is it can soften the glues that hold some foam filters together. If you cannot get mineral spirits or solvents, I would use hot water with alot of soap... Make sure and let it dry thoroughly so the oil spreads evenly.
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If it is a foam filter, I just use dishsoap. Seems to leave some mild amounts of oil behind, but I never see any dirt in the filter after I'm done washing it.
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I have a UNI & cleaning with gas has not affected the glue on it - YET....

Soap and water sounds like a good idea to me I guess! :)
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1. Use soap and warm water, scrub the dirt out.
2. Let it dry
3. Use foam cleaner in a spyay bottle (smells like carb cleaner)
4. Let it dry again
5. Soak it in 10w30 oil...
6. Squeeze off most oil excess.
7. Reinstall
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I recommend using foam filter oil (especially if it is an aftermarket like UNI). Regular motor oil works, but tends to run out of the filter and into the box. Foam oil is extremely tacky and not only stays in the filter, but also grabs dirt particles better.
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