Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Air Filter Question(s)
Okay, more possible issues from my trip to Yosemite and the ride through a sand storm.
When we got out of the storm and to our campsite in Kanab, Utah the first thing I did was pull the air cleaner covers and check the elements. (My riding partner has an '11 Heritage).
Both of them looked amazingly clean- still very white except at the bottom portion. At the bottom center, about 1 1/2" was black, but it looked to be more of an oily black instead of a dirty black. There was a little residual oil on the bottom of the element housing, I suspect because I'd had my 30k service done just before this trip.
We tapped the elements on a table to see if any loose debris (sand/ dirt) would come out and there was none.
The air filter was on the opposite side of the direction of the wind. That's the only thing I can guess is why it looks so clean.
Anyway, the gal that rode with me took her bike in for her 5k service today and she said the mechanic told her the air cleaner was full of sand and was wasted. He also told her the clutch cable was full of sand and would need a second cleaning to get all the shit out of there.
How does one know/ how can you tell if the element is bad? I don't want to replace my stage 1 filter, it's only about 6 months old but I damn sure don't want to damage my engine. The bike seems to run ok, I've ridden it about 3k miles since the storm. Maybe it's gotten worse and Ive just gotten used to it?
Can the elements be cleaned? It's the stage 1 unit right out of the HD catalog...
Any advice surely is appreciated.
The pics (if I attached them right) are not during the brunt of the storm. Only at a time when I could actually ride one handed and snap a pic. AT ot's worst you could not see 30 feet ahead of you. The sand on the INSIDE of my windshield was so thick I couldn't see through it. I had to lean the bike about 60* to the left and then lean my head to the right of the shield to see where I was going- which was basically following the lights of the vehicle ahead of me.
Thanks in advance,
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