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    TW air filter oil

    I have a 2014 and recently washed out the air filter. The Owners Manual states that the air filter needs to be oiled. I have not done this, but the TW seems to run fine. Is there any damage or ramification of running the bike without air filter oil? I assume it might run leaner??

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    Without the oil, it's possible some fine dirt and debris can make it through the air filter and into the carburetor where it could collect in the float bowl and clog needed passageways, jets etc.
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    The oil is what catches the small particles of dirt and dust and keep them out of your engine. A foam filter is not like a paper one and should not be run dry. I would oil that thing before you ride it any more.

    I personally like the no toil stuff that pro cycle and others sell. just wear rubber gloves when you oput the oil on, its goopy stuff.
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    Thanks guys. I went & bought the oil & applied it. I wonder if it runs richer (fuel) with an oiled air filter as less air gets in?

    Glad we have this Forum to get sound advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Explorer View Post
    Thanks guys. I went & bought the oil & applied it. I wonder if it runs richer (fuel) with an oiled air filter as less air gets in?

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    It shouldn't, if you have the proper amount of oil.

    There should only be a thin film of oil on the filter, not dripping wet.

    Squeeze out all the oil you can.

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    Frame makes some in a spray can. Much less mess and waste. Pretty orange color so you can see you're covered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Explorer View Post
    The Owners Manual states that the air filter needs to be oiled.

    In the olden days it might also have said to use 30wt motor oil. I had some 90wt on the shelf and I noticed it was quite sticky/gooy. Takes a couple of minutes to work it in but a little dab will do ya.
    It's my official foam filter oil now.


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    I use a K&N aerosol filter oil, nice red color. Once applied I squeeze all excess out between absorbent towels or paper waste until no more can be readily removed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    I use a K&N aerosol filter oil, nice red color. Once applied I squeeze all excess out between absorbent towels or paper waste until no more can be readily removed.
    I think Lizrdbrth mentioned 2-stroke oil a long time ago. I've been using that for the air filter squeezing out the excess just like you do with the K&N filter oil. The 2-stroke oil is a blueish color so that's how I can tell the entire filter is covered.

    @ Turtle Chaser. I've never heard of using these types of oil before. Good to know in case I don't have the filter oil or 2-stroke oil on hand. Sounds like many many ways to get this done.
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    Ive never used anything other than regular ol engine oil on any sponge filter. No particular weight, just whatever bottle happens to be open at the time.
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