Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
I don't agree with the Suzuki policy of blowing the air filter out with a compressed air hose. I feel that it will blow openings in the filter media and allow dirt to pass through in the future. I either replace the filter or just shake it upsidedown over a garbage can to shake out dirt. If you are in a buggy area, you might put some window screen over the air inlets.
There are plans somewhere on this forum for cutting out the old filter media and gluing in a $5.79 auto air filter media into the plastic panel. Seems to work well. K&N oiled cotton gauze air filters are always popular, with Pipercross oiled foam air filters less common. Neither has any advantage except re-cleanability. They don't flow more air. They don't increase power. They don't improve fuel mileage. They cost more, but can be cleaned--which is a mess and takes time for the washed filter to dry before it is oiled. There are always discussions whether these filters allow more dirt to enter the engine. (My turbo Volvo had a dusty downstream airbox only with a K&N and never with a pleated paper filter, and I couldn't feel any power difference with the K&N.)
Always be sure you have a very good seal with the gasket around the air filter before you put the lid on and hide everything. Yes, removing the tank to get to the filter is a pain.
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Last edited by PTRider; 04-03-2011 at 11:55 PM.