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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-08-2012, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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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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Personally, I would shitcan that air filter and start again new. If for no other reason, my piece of mind. Especially after checking out your pictures. If that wasn't the worst of it, I'd say you two came out pretty lucky. WOW. That does not look like a fun day at all.

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At it's worst it was like nuclear winter, man. No way I could describe it that would make you believe what it was like. In some places- especially where US 191 meets US 64/ 160 near 4 Corners there were sand drifts across the road that were several feet wide and maybe 2" deep.

This was about 11 am/ noon and for right at 100 miles. That's a LONG time at 35 mph.


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If the filter is the SE fiber glass filter clean and inspect it you dip it in soapy water rinse from inside out if it is not separated it is fine.
I doubt you have the oil type so I will skip that.
If it is stock filter replace it.
Now why it looks so bad you have a bit of blow by going on most often from over filling the engine oil.
The oil gets in filter dirt and sand sticks to the oil.


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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.
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A typical spring day her in the Mojave Desert area :-) It's also one of the reasons I use a K&N filter that can be washed weekly during the months of March and April.

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That looks like a normal day in the Middle East, it should be ok but I agree with Rowdy for peace of mind dump it, its only a few dollars much cheaper that fixing your donk (engine).


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