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post #1 of 18 Old 08-23-2013, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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Changing out the air filter

Not another "how to" thread. I have the Happy Trails Nerf bars crash bars on my Wee. Sometime back this summer, someone asked it the crash bars had to be removed to take off the plastic fairing side pieces. I am happy to report that it is not necessary. It takes some jiggling with the pieces to get them to come loose from the top flat black plastic pieces, and to replace them, as the clearance is close, but the bars stay on.

Just a note on the filter change. I noticed while I was on my attempted trip to Idaho earlier this month that I was experiencing a bit less power and performance as well as a slight drop in gas mileage. When I removed the air box cover I uncovered the reason. It was seriously dirty, along with a large assortment of bugs, grass and other bits of foliage. I was surprised as the bike only has 14500 miles on it, but then we did manage to ride in some rather dusty conditions and there were tons of bugs. I expect that with the K&N air filter I just put in I should get some of that performance and gas mileage back.

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I have removed the air filter muffler and have a piece of 1/4 Carpenters cloth over the hole to keep out huge things

Mileage if a dirty trip expect a blow out/off after 3000 miles
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It was seriously dirty, along with a large assortment of bugs, grass and other bits of foliage. I was surprised as the bike only has 14500 miles on it, but then we did manage to ride in some rather dusty conditions and there were tons of bugs. I expect that with the K&N air filter I just put in I should get some of that performance and gas mileage back.
After riding for 2 years I looked at my OEM filter, it's amazing what one finds even with 90% road riding. I too replaced mine with a K&N filter, have the cleaner and oil in my garage. I try to clean it every fall so I can just get on and ride come spring.

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The bike is a dual sport, and is used to taking some dust. The air filter really is in a bastard of a location, so no wonder Suzuki decided to use a dry one

One thing they forgot to do was to incorporate a bug filter. This should be placed over the air intake and is just a bit of fly screen with cable/zip ties holding it in place. That stops the big chunky bugs getting in there.

Now, both of you have replaced the original dry filter with a wet oil type and fair enough, if you are only riding road and for short seasons(because then you would normally clean the bike and do the needed things ready for storage) then I doubt the air filter would get in any way clogged enough to drop the power to be noticeable.

But, what you take away from the bike is the ability to ride long days in dust and other crud, whether leading or following(or solo). And by this I mean, unless you plan ahead for this and take a cleaner and oil, and cleaning container your air filter is subject to the conditions, and your engine performance etc subject to same.

Consider on the other hand, using the OEM dry filter. After a hard weekend chasing your buddy down some nice firetracks, or worse, bulldust or fesh fesh, you then feel the the bike is not performing as well as it could, what can you do? Well, with a dry filter, take it out, bash it on the closest rock or the back of the bike and re-install it and go have some more fun

Do that with a wet filter, no way, it is going to choke your air intake until it is cleaned and reoiled, unless you take th eclaning kit with you.

But, each to their own, just giving some cheap advice that may or may not be handy

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I've always been amazed by the number of bees my Vee slurps up.

Lots of other bugs too, but you definitely don't want to touch the filter with your bare hands -- a dead bee can still sting.

But seriously -- how and why do so many bees end up in a V-Strom's air filter?

One theory is that bees are attracted to K&N filter oil. Do those of you with stock air filters see a beepocalypse when you change filters?

(For the record, and before the anti-K&N jihad turns my way, my bike came to me with a K&N filter. Personally, I would not buy one, but it seems to do OK when cleaned and oiled with the proper materials, so I haven't bothered to go back to OEM.)


Also, related to the actual topic, I ended up cutting off a bit of the plastic trim on the back side of my side panels just to make removing the tupperware easier. It was certainly possible to remove them with my crash bars (SW Motech, I think), but removing a few square inches of useless plastic (it's all useless plastic if you ask me) really makes things go much faster, and with far less potential damage to the paint.

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When I got the Wee I checked the filter and found a lot of the missing bees that are talked about. All safe and sound and very dead.
I just checked the filter on my F800. One little butterfly. Apparently the Wee is more of a carnivore than the German stuff.
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at what mileage would u guys suggest changing the air filter ?
my '04 Wee have 36,000 km (22,000 miles on it)

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Do you know when it was last changed? If never, do it. Suzuki says to blow it out with compressed air, but I don't like that...too much chance of blowing bigger holes in the media that will let dirt pass through. A piece of window screen material over the air intake strains bugs out.

You can buy an owner's manual with the maintenance schedule and other info fron a dealer's parts counter.

Hiflo makes a stock-type replacement that works well and costs less than a Suzuki filter. Re-use the gasket or buy a filter for a later model strom that comes with a gasket in the box...exactly the same filter.

K&N, BMC, and Pipercrosss make so-called high performance air filters for our bikes. Whether or not these filter adequately and actually increase performance is a topic for several other threads.

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On the bee issue, when I rode the states I recall some bits of what could have been a bee, but the main attraction was dragon flies

The max I rode without changing was 52,000km, due to lack of forethought and no supply while travelling

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I've got 25,000 miles on my 2011 and after reading this I'm thinking, hmmm, maybe should have changed this by now.

How "mechanically inclined" does one need to be? I only change my oil. Taking the tank off makes me nervous. Is it a big deal? I don't want to cause more harm than good. Thoughts?

Also, I see the HIflo air filter listed on line for the 2009 model, but it doesn't say anything about the 2011. Aren't these bikes the same? Would I be ok to order the 09 filter from motorcycle-superstore?

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