Best Air Filter Cleaner & Oil
Posted February 21, 2005 - 02:02 PM
Posted February 21, 2005 - 02:14 PM
One thing I did notice about the stock 426 filter is the grey foam (rim) seems to be pre-loaded with grease. Makes for a nasty white mess.........which Im willing to bet thats what you are seeing. I just cleaned several times to get it out, then use my own grease.
Posted February 21, 2005 - 03:24 PM
Posted February 21, 2005 - 05:37 PM
Posted February 21, 2005 - 05:47 PM
Posted February 21, 2005 - 08:28 PM
Posted February 21, 2005 - 08:37 PM
I service nearly two dozen air filters at a time (on occassion) for personal use and have mostly used Uni air filters with very good results for the last ~30 years using various air filter oils. I've been using a home brew air fitler oil for the last several years and switched back to No-Toil several months ago when I was running out of my home-brew. My first impressions of No-Toil several years ago weren't so positive, but I think their product may have changed for the better and it seems thicker than I remember it from years ago. I like the idea of cleaning our filters in a sink and being able to see any particulate left behind. With my solvent buckets, it's often difficult to see into the solvent and it doesn't take long before the bottom fills up with dirty particulate, but with the No-Toil in the sink method, all that particulate goes down the drain and I never have to deal with it. I haven't yet washed my filters in a washing machine like some folks do, but I'll be trying it later this year. I'm not 100% comfortable with the No-Toil oil yet and want to see how it performs during the hot summer months in the deserts & in Baja with fine dust & fine powdery silt/talc, but so far so good. I have my oil analyzed at specifc intervals and if my particle count goes up or my SI inceases or my wear numbers increase, then I'll be switching back to either my home-brew or Maxima FFT, etc.
For my future air filter applications, I'll be using the O2 filters from BillyWho. If the O2 isn't availabe for my application, then I'm sticking with either Uni or TwinAir, both of which I feel are top notch products.
Posted February 21, 2005 - 08:55 PM
Posted February 21, 2005 - 08:58 PM
I haven't personally tried this product, but I wouldn't be affraid to use it. They can be re-used, but it's my understanding they're not made with the same long lasting foam of other filters (TwinAir, Uni, O2, OEM, etc) and they should be tossed after three cycles. This doesn't mean their foam isn't a good choice or that it won't do a good job of filtering particulate when used with a good oil as long as the filter is used within limits. It won't hold up to numerous cleanings like a Uni or TwinAir, but then it only has a retail price of $10 and its super convenient to use.
Has anyone here tried one of those pre-oiled disposable Ready Filters? They are about $10 each. Not having to clean and oil a filter is worth $10 to me, assuming the filter is any good at all.
I read a few posts a ways back where a very small number of people reported tearing their filters upon installation, but also read where the company increased the silicone content of the foam to improve the durability and haven't read / heard anymore about this problem since then. For some folks, the concept of a ready to use pre-oiled filter with gloves in the package for $10 will be a hit and I think they'll be around for a long while.
Posted February 21, 2005 - 09:08 PM
Posted February 21, 2005 - 10:39 PM
Posted February 22, 2005 - 10:53 AM
It's amazing how much dirt comes out of each cleaning after only a few rides here in So Cal. Tells you the filter, filter oil and rim grease are doing the job as designed.
I'm running a K&N on the LTZ and it works well also, but that's another topic...
Posted February 22, 2005 - 11:23 AM
I also use Klotz chain lube with great results. It really penetrates into the chain and cleans up very easily. No staining the plastic and will come off the bike with very little effort.
Posted February 22, 2005 - 07:57 PM
Posted February 22, 2005 - 08:34 PM
The no-toil stuff must be ok. I just poor it on the filter while in a zip lock, but I seem to waste an a*s of it. Thanks for your time.
The bag idea is a good one, but you need to work the oil into the filter as you're soaking it with fresh oil. I use a shallow plastic pan and pour the oil on the filter and work it in, being careful not to wring or twist it. As the excess is squeezed out, I use the filter to soak it up again to get an even saturation.
After that I use the a shop rag and wrap it up and then squeeze most, not all, of the remaining oil out. This is one way to keep from over-oiling the filter. I also reuse the rags until they won't accept any more oil.