air filter oil
Posted September 03, 2003 - 08:33 PM
Posted September 04, 2003 - 08:18 AM
Just us the right kind of oil. LOL
Posted September 05, 2003 - 02:01 PM
Posted September 05, 2003 - 03:23 PM
Posted September 05, 2003 - 04:36 PM
Posted September 05, 2003 - 09:16 PM
It seemed to trap all the dirt and dust. There was not a trace of dust inside the boot, and my last few rides have been VERY dusty. It was not easy to wash out though. I used some foam filter cleaning spray, then tried to rinse with water until water ran clear. Then I was squeezing the water out, and if I squeezed really hard, this thick, dark brown sludge started coming out. Looked like motor oil mixed with very fine dust. I repeated the entire process twice, and was still getting this crap out of the filter. It was weird - when I sqeezed it, clean water ran out, until I got it squished down real tight, then YUCK!
Anyway, think I will try something else next time I make it to the bike shop...
Posted September 06, 2003 - 11:27 AM
Will spread on the filter evenly because it is fluid for the application.
Will repel water effectively, it wont turn grey
Will dry after a few minutes, and become tacky to the touch so it will trap dust better.
Will not be so expensive when compared to good 4 stroke oil, but then again from what you said, you may not be the type of fellow to buy top quality 4 stroke oil.
But to answer your question, I beleive if you use any type of oil, it will be better than using none.
Posted September 06, 2003 - 11:53 AM
For the record I really like the Silkolene stuff.
Posted September 07, 2003 - 06:27 PM
I prefer the non-spray types of oil, cause it seems to penetrate and coat the filter better.
Posted September 08, 2003 - 11:52 AM
I have been in this hobby for, oh let's just say a long time. Long enough to remember when there was no such thing as Air Filter oil and all we used was plain old motor oil. This stuff would dry out very quickly due to carburetor fogging, or just run into the airbox and leave the filter dry. It's not waterproof nor is it liquid enough to ensure adequate saturation of the filter. It isn't especially tacky either.
IMO, Air Filter oil is a blessing. The other stuff will not last long, nor is it as effective. The new oils clean easily too. Look at it this way: You've got a high performance machine worth thousands of dollars. Does trying to avoid the small extra cost to protect that machine really make sense? To me it's pretty simple: Air Filter Oil is cheap. Top ends aren't. This ain't no lawn mower we're talkin' about here! The new 4-strokes are high performance, intricate machines. They demand much more maintenance and care, but will reward the rider with much more power and fun. Besides, for most of us, maintaining and wrenching on the beast is a labor of love - almost as much fun as riding it.
We can all debate the intricacies of one air filter oil versus the others (No Toil, K&N, Maxima, whatever) but the fact remains the same: all of them, when properly applied, are better suited to the job than anything else.
Personal Memo: Never buy a used bike from Thelimey1.
Posted September 08, 2003 - 04:14 PM
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Posted September 08, 2003 - 08:29 PM
You pay for 16 ounces of the spray oil with the carrier in it that has to evaporate. That doesn't seem to be a good use of money if 1/2 of what you pay for evaporates.
The aerosol oil may not get all the way through the foam because normally you are trying to stay clean and may not squeeze the filter enough to distribute it fully. Plus once it has dried, there is much less oil in the filter because alot of the liquid has evaporated.
Buy some rubber gloves and use the pour on the oil. I use the Bel Ray or the Maxima oil is very good. Very little carrier in those oils.
Also, if you hate doing filters like I do, I use the filter skins. I clean and oil the filter skin every ride and only do the filter when it gets dirty, about every 4 - 6 rides depending on terrain and moisture.
Posted September 08, 2003 - 08:29 PM