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post #1 of 26 Old 05-10-2004, 10:34 PM
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Why my strom has been running like crap: Filter Story

My V-Strom was running terrible this season. It seemed low on power and would not idle at stops. I finally had some time this weekend to service it. After opening up the airbox, viola! My poor performance problem was obvious.

It seems as if a little critter decided to move into my airbox and stuff it full of birdseed. Riding the strom in this condition probably didn't help matters. It took about 45 minutes to clean it out. I ordered another OEM filter ($33.00) and will install it soon.

The good thing is that my plugs (20K miles on them) looked perfect so I guess the computer adjusted for the poor airflow. I really like this bike.
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post #2 of 26 Old 05-11-2004, 07:34 PM
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filter story

Get yourself some window screen and put over the filter before you put it in. It will help keep the filter cleaner. Mine looks good after 10,000 miles.
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post #3 of 26 Old 05-11-2004, 07:56 PM
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howboucha, that's pretty impressive.
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post #4 of 26 Old 05-11-2004, 10:59 PM
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Yeah the air filters gets large particles in it just from normal use, you don't need a critter climbing up into the air box.

Have you guys tried cleaning your own filter. A pain in the ass because if you follow the manual about blowing the air from the throttle body side the filter doesn't get vary clean. I will have to find a K&N then you can do a better job of cleaning it.

Hmm ! window screen. Rider 1951 did you notice any performance loss. Also how are you attaching the screen to the inlets. I think the air inlets are made of plastic. Would Tie Wraps work ?

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post #5 of 26 Old 05-20-2004, 01:24 PM
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Are you sure that isn't my air filter.

I did a throttle body sync this last weekend and thought I would take a look at the filter to see if I needed a new one or not while I had everything apart. After seeing the filter had become a bees nest I was pissed that I hadn't bought an air filter ahead of time.

I was thinking of trying window screen to reduce the accumulation of large objects in the filter. If I can get it to work I'll post up a let everyone know.
post #6 of 26 Old 05-20-2004, 05:09 PM
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Despite the subject is the air filter a question. How to do a throttle body sync yourself? Special tools needed?
post #7 of 26 Old 06-01-2004, 01:12 PM
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For those that have accessed their air filter on the DL1000, a couple of questions.

Did you actually have to remove the gas tank as the service manual advises to get to the air cleaner filter?

If you did remove the tank, did much gasoline leak out when you disconnected the fuel hose from the tank?

Did you have to remove any other body panels?

I'd like to see what condition my filter is in, but I'm leery about removing the tank - especially because it is currently full.
post #8 of 26 Old 06-01-2004, 03:49 PM
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I cant say for sure on the 1000 but on my 650 when I removed my tank (about 2/3 full) I lost about 1/4 teaspoon of fuel from the disconect fitting. Not a lot of fuel to be sure so I just used a shop rag to catch any drips when I disconected it . I DID have to remove the whole tank and not just tilt it up as the filter box has screws that are unaccesable when the tank is in the way. On my tank I beleve that there was a breather hose (dry no clamps), a high pressure line (quick-lok fitting small amount of fuel) and a line to my evap system (dry with a spring clamp {finger tension}) all in all it was easer to get this tank off than my Bandits or my ZR550's. though an extra pair of hands is usefull in lifting the tank off as it is a bit bulky.


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post #9 of 26 Old 07-21-2004, 12:52 PM
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My strom is in the shop for 18.0000 km maintentance.
Got a phone-call to tell me the air filter was almost completly blocked with dust. He said, he never had seen an air filter so dirty after 18.000 km

So, we agreed to put in a K&N filter.
It's double the price of a normal one, but if I use a standard one, it will have to be replaced every 12.000 km.

Let this be a warning to all the strom owners.
CHECK THE FILTER every time you do a maintenance.

Greetz, xlrider
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post #10 of 26 Old 08-04-2004, 08:04 PM
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Just did my 6000 km. check, and my air filter looked even worse than the one in the picture, much worse. I bought the bike July 19 with 4100 km. and it had been on a farm for two years. It was definitely a mouse nest. I rode it for 2000 km. like that and, amazingly, it ran well. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to post the picture for you, since it says we have to upload from a web server. The filter is unbelievable. If someone wants to volunteer to post it, I can e-mail the pic to you.

I've got the new air filter in now and have been riding and it doesn't even make that much difference in performance, though there is some and the bike has a nicer intake sound while opening the throttle.

Definitely do your air filter checks and also check that air filter after a period of storage. I've heard of mice building nests in mufflers and seen recommendations to tape over your muffler ends with duct tape for the winter. You could tape over the air box intake for storage too.

Luckily my place is pretty much mice-free with two cats and a hunting dog.

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