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post #1 of 8 Old 04-18-2011, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up First Air Filter Change

Just completed the first air filter change on my '09 Wee last night. I was a bit intimidated by the prospect of unbuttoning the fairing and pulling the gas tank, but I found a pretty good "howto" at Deus ex machina: Suzuki V-Strom DL650 Air Filter change (not my blog, and I'm not in any way affiliated with the author). Even with SW-Motech crash bars installed, the procedure was straightforward and simple. If you know a box-end wrench from a Crescent wrench, you can do it.

If you've been putting off an air filter change because it sounds like too much of a PITA, do yourself - and your bike - a favor and just go do it. Your engine will thank you
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-18-2011, 05:02 PM
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If you've been putting off an air filter change because it sounds like too much of a PITA, do yourself - and your bike - a favor and just go do it. Your engine will thank you
I smiling to myself of the memories I use to have in what I went through to change an air filter on my bike......


I did away will all of my OEM fairings. I just couldn't stand the hassle of dealing with them!

Now, in three minutes, I can be inside the air-box on my bike. Loosen and remove the aft bolt on the fuel tank. Lift the aft end of the fuel tank up and support it with the metal, "hold down" tang.

This is the "tang" that I am talking about. There are two "prongs" on one end and a single "tab" on the other. The two prongs fit into corresponding holes of the cross memeber. And, the "tab" fits into a slot on the underside of the fuel tank.


Remove the electrical connection; remove the fuel connection; remove the vent hose. Loosen and remove the forward fuel tank bolt. Unsnap the two "boomerang" fairings from the sides of the bike, (on my setup, I leave the forward ends bolted to the tank.). Lift the tank off. Use a battery powered drill/driver to remove the air-box screws.

It's a good idea to apply a very thin layer of grease between the two halves of the air-box during reinstallation. The grease layer will catch any dirt that might make it in that far.

You are right, change your air filters!



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(And, for those of you who are brave enough to make your own, there is a post in the "How To" section. But, I don't think I put the photos back in that thread yet.....)

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That's cheating! :biggrinjester:

I do like the looks of the naked Strom, and the flat black paint is perfect on that bike.
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That's cheating! :biggrinjester:

I do like the looks of the naked Strom, and the flat black paint is perfect on that bike.
That cheating was a lot of work!!!!!

The paint isn't a "flat black". It is actually a Rustoleum product for painting outdoor furniture; "textured spray paint". It is sort of a "charcoal grey" color. Two riders who have seen it say that the fuel tank looks like it was blasted out of a piece of stone.

The bike, set up this way, really quite fun to ride, and as you can see, VERY easy to maintain.

They say, "Motorcycles are like their owners." As you can see by my bike, looks aren't important to me......

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That cheating was a lot of work!!!!!
No doubt. I've thought about pulling the fairing on mine, but decided I'm not up to the task yet. I imagine it removes a fair amount of weight from the top of the bike, lowering the c.g. a bit, right?

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The bike, set up this way, really quite fun to ride, and as you can see, VERY easy to maintain.

They say, "Motorcycles are like their owners." As you can see by my bike, looks aren't important to me......

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Shrug...I like it!
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Black Lab, I also subscibe to function over form. That is why I went with the Wee. Harder to get to parts than on my Buell Uly, but less of a new to get to them.
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No doubt. I've thought about pulling the fairing on mine, but decided I'm not up to the task yet. I imagine it removes a fair amount of weight from the top of the bike, lowering the c.g. a bit, right?
Yes. It just feels better. It also keeps the windage down in a cross-wind ride. You also need to get rid of side luggage too if you can. I never ride with a passenger, so I use drybags for my luggage. The bags are strapped across the rear portion of my seat.

Unfortunately, I can't edit the photos back into the thread I had going last year that showed how I did all of the work. But, this year's thread will give you an idea of the type of stuff I have done to my bike. You can find it HERE.

There are a couple of other things that I plan to do to my motorcycle before it is "perfect"........

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Black Lab, I also subscibe to function over form. That is why I went with the Wee. Harder to get to parts than on my Buell Uly, but less of a new to get to them.
Do you recognize the headlights on my bike? The ARE Buell Ulysses lights!

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"A word grows to a thought; a thought to an idea; an idea to an act. All the pieces are put together, and the whole is yours."
1942, Beryl Markham: "West With the Night"
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