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post #1 of 29 Old 09-09-2010, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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I just want to change my air cleaner easily

Kind of a wee strom newbie, and amateur mechanic. I've seen posts describing the process in great detail for removing the side panels and a lot more. I've seen others that are brief, cryptic, and leave our details that newbies need.

Can someone point me to a post that will help me get what is a simple job on other motorcycles, done. Hopefully not remove side panels completely. Thanks.
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Something tells me you're gonna really be bumming when you find out you've gotta remove the gas tank too.
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post #3 of 29 Old 09-09-2010, 08:16 AM
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Take the side panels off
Take the gas tank off
Unscrew the screws holding the lid of the air box on and take the lid off
Remove and change the filter.
Reverse the steps to reassemble.

It should take no more than 15 minutes even for somebody with two left hands who can't work a screwdriver.
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Air cleaner replacement

I've seen enough posts to know that the tank has to come off. Thanks for the reminder.
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Tip #1---run the gas down before lifting the tank off.
Tip #2---buy a 10-pack of the black plastic fasteners ($6) in case you find a mangled one...or step on one.
Tip #3---Take a photo or make a note to yourself or stick the screws into a cardboard mock up of the tank and front fairing the first time (or two) your take things off. There are three or four different shape stainless bolts, screws in hidden spots, two sizes of plastic fasteners.

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The title of this thread made me laugh.

You bought the wrong bike.

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Follow the procedure at Fuel Tank Removal How to, 650 & 1000 to take the tank off. With some practice, it goes faster.

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The title of this thread made me laugh.

You bought the wrong bike.
Beat me to it.

That is one thing the Harleys have all over V-Stroms.

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That power robbing right angle intake turn and range reducing small fuel tank are pretty big prices to pay for easy access to an air filter every 15,000 miles or so. Inline fours are usually pretty easy though.

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That power robbing right angle intake turn and range reducing small fuel tank are pretty big prices to pay for easy access to an air filter every 15,000 miles or so. Inline fours are usually pretty easy though.
Yeah...the FJR is pretty straight forward (naked inline-fours are even easier), but my AE requires some messing with the shift actuator to get at it. A whole extra step.

The VStrom's really aren't all that bad. Usually you can plan to do a bunch of your maintenance, and farkling, around the same time to reduce the number of times you actually have to take everything apart. The more you do it though, the easier it becomes.

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