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post #1 of 11 Old Jan 2nd, 2019, 7:49 pm Thread Starter
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Wethead Air Cleaner Changing Tip...

OK boys and girls, I thought I would post a tip when replacing the air filter.

So the last time (the first time), I did a 12,000 mile service on my RT, I spent about an hour leisurely removing the body panels, et al. I then spent something like 4 or 5 hours trying to get the dang air filter cover back on. Eventually I got it back on by putting in the screws and tightening them down, which aligned everything.

Well tonight I am back at it again.

When the last panel came off, when the cover was removed, when the new filter was in place, I gave a deep sigh, gritted my teeth a bit, aligned the shop lights, and prepared for a bare-knuckle brawl getting that damn cover back on.

Wasn't much of a fight.

At first it was putting up some spirited resistance, but then I pulled back on the gas cap a bit, and the cover went right into place.

Just. Like. That. It was over. Just like when that freak sold-out his fellow Spartans to the Persians in 300.

Let me say that again: If the cover is giving you fits, just pull back on the gas cap a bit while placing the cover into position.

Ok, you may go back to whatever Rule 34 program you were watching...
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post #2 of 11 Old Jan 3rd, 2019, 5:45 am
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OK boys and girls, I thought I would post a tip when replacing the air filter.
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Ok, you may go back to whatever Rule 34 program you were watching...


If you are referring to Gibbs rules, there was no Rule 34. His rule 28 applies...f you need help, ask-


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Re: Wethead Air Cleaner Changing Tip...

I am glad to hear that I am not the only one with this issue. I used a plastic pry bar and gently pried back on the tank until it fell into place. Using the fuel cap makes sense....thanks for posting.

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Re: Wethead Air Cleaner Changing Tip...

I just did my 12,000 mile service this past weekend. When it came time to put that cover back on I saw what you guys had been talking about. There is some interference in getting the panel aligned. You can sort of feel that when you remove it but it's a great deal easier to do that than to get it back on. That said, I found that after doing my best to align the part so that the lip was in the proper place (and not inside the airbox), I just gave the cover a shot with the palm of my hand and it popped right into place. Once the cover is below the point of interference with the tank, it's a simple matter to get it properly into place.

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I want to add that I didn't use a lot of force doing this. You're basically just pulling the tank rearwards ever so slightly. And make sure you're pulling it to the rear and not up and to the rear. The tank is plastic so it will have some give to it; don't force it.

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LOL...OK, so I was re-watching the video series BoxFlyer did with Chris on the Street on YouTube (Wethead 12K service), and guess what? They show this exact tip! Ugh!

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Re: Wethead Air Cleaner Changing Tip...

I decided to change the air filter while I had all the panels off installing mounts for driving lights. Seemed like a good time saver until I went to reinstall the air box lid and couldn't get it to fit properly. After wasting some time trying different approaches, I decided to check here for a solution and found N00bie RT Gawd's thread.

With your suggestion plus a slight tap as per LIRider's advice, everything was done in minutes. My thanks to both of you for helping me avoid a long and frustrating evening reassembling the box!

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I decided to change the air filter while I had all the panels off installing mounts for driving lights. Seemed like a good time saver until I went to reinstall the air box lid and couldn't get it to fit properly. After wasting some time trying different approaches, I decided to check here for a solution and found N00bie RT Gawd's thread.

With your suggestion plus a slight tap as per LIRider's advice, everything was done in minutes. My thanks to both of you for helping me avoid a long and frustrating evening reassembling the box!

Regards, Murray
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Re: Wethead Air Cleaner Changing Tip...

So with 12,000 miles on the bike how bad was the air cleaner and did it need replaced. It was a waste of time when I checked mine at 12,000 miles. I will wait until my fuel mileage drops before I check it again.
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So with 12,000 miles on the bike how bad was the air cleaner and did it need replaced. It was a waste of time when I checked mine at 12,000 miles. I will wait until my fuel mileage drops before I check it again.
Isn't that the truth though I wholeheartedly agree but it took me thru 36K miles before I came to the same conclusion--slow learner!

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