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Old 04-07-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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Question air filters: how often to clean/change?

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I have a Kawasaki EX 500, vintage 2007. One of the few maintenance items I have not checked is the air filter. The bike has about 6000 miles on it, and is obviously 5 years old and has been ridden only in the Houston area. Should I check and clean/change the air filter, or do you think it is ok? I used to ride dirt bikes during the early seventies, and we would clean the filters weekly, but those were very different conditions. Thoughts?

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Old 04-07-2012, 08:42 PM   #2
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what does the manual say?
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:48 PM   #3
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when it is dirty...

get a reusable one, i clean mine every time i change oil
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:33 PM   #4
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My Ninja 650, The service manual calls for cleaning the air filter every 7,500 miles, or when dirty.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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Do any of you wash your air filters?

I read somewhere that water damages them somehow.. but I wash my car's air filters.
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Do any of you wash your air filters?

I read somewhere that water damages them somehow.. but I wash my car's air filters.
I wouldn't wash paper filters. I put a K&N in pretty much everything I own.
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i use BMC reusable filter for my bike, K&N for my car
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If you put a K&N filter in you need to do the airbox mod it is really easy and you will be able to tell a difference right away. http://www.ex-500.com/wiki/index.php/FOG's_Airbox_Mod
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Whenever Motorcycles Unlimited tells me to.
Actually, they do check it at oil changes. I replaced my stocker at ~15k miles.

The stock one looked like a cheap piece of .
I have a K&N type filter, possibly BMC now, which I will wash and re-oil when the time comes.

Don't wash a stock type filter. It's basically a weak, thin sponge... it'll rip and tear at the pores under the water pressure and not filter as well. You could probably use LIGHT air pressure on it.
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Clean it (or change it, which ever applies to the air filter you have) when it is dirty, what the manual says is pretty much a recommendation.

If you live in the country and drive down a dirt road your air filter will be more dirty than the ones on a bike that doesn't drive around dirt roads.

Same with the oil, the manual will tell you to change oil at x, amount of miles. But if you ride hard and do clutch wheelies all day long small bits of friction plates will be dirtying up your oil a lot faster than if you didn't ride hard or do any clutch wheelies.
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Reminds me to check and possibly clean / replace my filter this weekend (not sure what type I have)..
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