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post #1 of 40 Old 04-16-2014, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap Air Filter

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I am cheap and I resent what I consider gouging. The fact Suzi wants $45 for an air filter is ridiculous.

This is a chemically resistant plastic plate cut to fit the airbox with a Purolator 3916 airfilter. It is a Chevy filter and has almost 2 times more pleats and surface area than the stock Suzi. My bike runs great. I have seen 3916 for as little as $4 but everyday at Walmart for $6

I silicone glued the filter to the plate and I have great confidence it will last many years but for $6 I will be changing it regularly.

When time to change I will will cut through the adhesive and glue on a replacement.

If anyone is interested for the plate I want $20 plus postage just PM me.

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post #2 of 40 Old 04-16-2014, 01:06 PM
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Looking at your fabricated plate, I am concerned with the seal between the edge and the gasket. The oem filter has a ridge that is formed to fit the gasket.
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The overall thickness is the same their ridges vs the thickness of the plate

The overall thickness actually appears heavier and the airbox lid snugged down well on the gasket
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False economy. And I've no love for part pricing trends, either.

The factory air filter does not require frequent replacement and can be refreshed with a careful blast of air. It is sold for ~$31.00 online at SHS. Or, spend $50.00, once, for a K&N.
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Richw! Kudos to your true diy ethitic.I used to use alternate air filters and silicone to fill gaps on my Guzzi,s never had any troubles. I,ve found that the stock Suzuki air filter can be cleaned by raping the ridgid edges on a hard surface several times with a piece of white paper underneith to see what comes out, continue till nothing apears,contrary to the service manual of using compressered air.Am using mine to 15,000 miles,seams better than McGyvering them for a more than a few dollars, considering the damage that could be done if the job is botched.

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i think it's fairly obvious that all vehicle manufacturers make the lion's share of their profits on parts, not the sale of the vehicle. try this on for size: try pricing every part on a DL and tell me if the total is less than $35,000.

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$10,700, and you have about 1/2 the bike, if that.

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Well I shook and vacuumed my stocker but it was still gray afterwards

I assume the gray is fine dirt remaining and am unsure of what is the life and what is the method of failure or the effect on air flow from age/mileage.

Meanwhile the brandy new white as snow with MORE surface area 3916 is usually in service for the year and then another brandy new white as snow one will be installed in its place for $6

Doesn't sound false to me, and maybe my 60's mentality of sticking it to the man when they are trying to stick it to you.

If people did not seek out the cheapest gas station then ALL gas would be a dollar more at least.

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K&N, reusable , last air filter you'll ever buy if you maintain it. Not plugging the brand. Just the reusable idea. If there are others go for it.
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I would be K&n if never did dirt even dirt roads
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I tried the auto air filter. The pleats were so tall that they mashed together and restricted the air flow.

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