air filter

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by softail00, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. softail00

    softail00 Active Member

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    What are the syptoms of a dirty or clogged air filter?
     
  2. Animal

    Animal Active Member

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    Take it out and try to shine a light thru the filter, if you can't see the light it's dirty.
     
  3. gs34

    gs34 Junior Member

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    Sluggish performance, poor fuel economy, black smoke out the exhaust, higher than normal exhaust temperatures.
     
  4. doj1975

    doj1975 Active Member

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    My first bike was an 800 Kawasaki Vulcan. About 1 year after I bought it, it started losing power. I could tell it was not accelerating nearly as fast. I pulled my air filter and it was clogged pretty bad but I could still see light. I replaced it with a new filter and it was like a different bike.
     
  5. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Generally, if you wait for a "seat of the pants" symptom, you have waited too long. Inspect at least every time you do an oil change (typically 3-5,000 Miles. Visual inspection is best, if element is pleated paper or fabric it should be able to be cleaned pretty much as new...if gas or oil soaked replace. If K&N there is a cleanup and reoiling with very light K&N using their procedure. It is in the self help section.