Air Filter Installation

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    Hello Everyone, Going to install a new air filter in my 2009 XR. I haven't done it before, and I have a question. I saw on a K&N video that grease needs to be applied along the edge, I know they sell their own grease, but is there a certian type I can buy to use without ordering theirs? Also, I know installing this is a little more involved than a lot of other bikes, so any other tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Mike.

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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    Not sure where you're located, but the K&N grease is available at most automotive parts stores here in the US. (I have a Free Spirits intake on the XR, but I've used the K&N grease on some of the other bikes.)
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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    Alas, I'll admit to never using the grease. And, never having a problem with edge seal.
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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    Quote Originally Posted by freddy4321 View Post
    Hello Everyone, Going to install a new air filter in my 2009 XR. I haven't done it before, and I have a question. I saw on a K&N video that grease needs to be applied along the edge, I know they sell their own grease, but is there a certian type I can buy to use without ordering theirs? Also, I know installing this is a little more involved than a lot of other bikes, so any other tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Mike.
    Both my K&N’s came with a tube of grease. There isn’t any mention of it so I bought a tube with my first one. Now I have three.

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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    I assumed I'd have to order it, I'll check the auto parts store. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    Do you have the filter already?

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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    Just make sure when reinstalling the airbox, the rubber boot goes on correctly - no gaps. I think this whole process is unnecessarily difficult. It's an airfilter. It should just pop on, but it doesn't. Give yourself as much clearance as possible, push back the drain hose and wires so it can line up. You don't need to remove the gas tank completely, but I could see doing it to give more room.

    Or get a Blackhorn.

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    This guy seems to know what he's talking about!

    http://www.phaedrus.me/id92.html

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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    Allow at least an hour for the job, inc. tank removal and replacement. And consider setting aside a sizeable sum for a psychotherapy treatment session afterwards. Or as Seamus says, just get a Blackhorn...

    J.

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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    Iordered the filter from Harley. I'm not super mechanicaly inclined so, this could get ugly! I do appreciate the advice, and will let you know how it goes. Or may be back in need of more help! Thanks again.

    Mike.

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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    Quote Originally Posted by freddy4321 View Post
    Iordered the filter from Harley. I'm not super mechanicaly inclined so, this could get ugly! I do appreciate the advice, and will let you know how it goes. Or may be back in need of more help! Thanks again.

    Mike.
    While you are in there mane sure to check the screws that hold the throttle plate in place! Do a search on it to find out why this is a MUST CHECK item while you have the tank off.
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    Default Re: Air Filter Installation

    Follow the KN video except where they tell you to refer to the HD manual. With cover and tank mounting bolts removed, tip the tank away from you and prop it in place. Slide the little spring clips that hold two tubes on back about 3/4 inch, then pull off. Then KN’s video is right on. RZ

 

 

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