What does an air filter look like when it should be replaced?
Writing to you from the ferry from La Paz, Baja California => Mazatlan via my handy Telcel USB stick.
I replaced my air filter in Reno about 1100-1200 miles ago with a stock Suzuki air filter. I know that the service manual says that I should replace it every 7500 miles; but we have been riding about 1/3 of our time in Mexico via dirt either on purpose; or because that's what the road looks like.
1) Other than holes in the air filter; is there a test that I can use to determine when I need a new air filter (sooner than 7500 miles)?
2) The way of cleaning that I've seen for the V-Strom is blowing air from the inside of the air filter via compressed air. James, my riding buddy seems to think this could be detrimental to the air filter. Your thoughts?
3) Is there a photo of what an air filter looks like when it needs to be replaced? I took a look at mine when I was trying to diagnose a loss of power when I was riding... and it looked slightly dirty; but no holes etc.
Thanks in advance!
PS: V-Strom is running great after a new clutch plates/discs. I'd hope so! I'm really hoping I can make it to South America with no further major complications.
Hi I'm David, a 27 year old entrepreneurial Eagle Scout headed from Seattle => Tierra Del Fuego
Riding Rosie, a 2005 red DL-650 I bought for $3400 and 30K "warmup" miles
Leaving: August 25th 2011; Returning -----> ???
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