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post #11 of 14 Old 10-23-2016, 05:07 PM
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Hanging on the wall at any auto parts shoppe will be a selection of breather filters. One of these will be a chunk of the appropriate foam you can cut into the approximate shape you need.
That used to be the case but not anymore, at least not in California. Most of the auto parts stores have aisles of lubes, oils, grease, cleaners, antifreeze & etc. along with lots of "as sold on TV" crap now. A small (but expensive) tool aisle and maybe batteries, lightbulbs, muffler repair stuff if you are lucky. I'm guessing pressure from internet sales has forced this change in what's on offer.

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And there's the rub. You have to deal with the counter drone to get anything specific like a piece of foam and if you don't have a part number or at least a car make and model they can't/won't help you. If you hand them your piece of foam and ask them to just browse the shelves in the back for anything similar you'll get a blank stare and... "what's the part number?". If you tell them its for a motorcycle and you just need something similar the drone with just say "we don't carry motorcycle parts". Letting you browse the shelves in the back is, of course, strictly verboten. I know because I went through this little routine with three different parts stores without success. I just ended up buying the OEM foam.

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-06-2017, 10:31 AM
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Been a while, and I don't know if anyone cares anymore, but... I finally remembered to dig up this info for the edification of all.

We'll, actually, I was just bored and roaming around a Pep Boys store. Long story.


Stride confidently to the counter and ask for a breather filter for 1995 Chrysler LeBaron.

In addition to the wave of respect you'll get for driving such a pimptastic vehicle, you should receive in return a package containing a generous wad of filter material you can fashion into a replacement for your V-Strom's errant breather filter. There will likely be a listing for upper and lower; either will work fine.

If you need a part number to cross-reference, Purolator B23167 or Fram BA6662. (Or Purolator B13162 / Fram BA6660).

It's not foam -- it's sort of a fibrous substance that holds up much better.

I'm sure there are others, but of the ones I found this part number gave you the biggest chunk of raw material.
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A chunk of car wash sponge would also work. It's a crankcase breather, not an air handler intake. Not much volume flowing.

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Those filters are about $4 on amazon with free shipping...

I had this problem too and found some foam at autozone, and just stuffed it in there. I didn't need to be the same shape, though I didn't pack it in hard, it has worked fine.

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