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Cleaning up the bike from a recent trip to Moab, and going over it with a fine-tooth comb. I bought it sight-unseen the day before leaving on our big trip, so I didn't have time for maintenance.

I've got the sub-frame removed for easier access, and I noticed that the air filter has a small tear in it. Not sure if I did that when removing it, or not, but it needs replaced. What brand is your recommendation? Also, is there supposed to be a screen inside the airbox? All I saw was the filter and cage. Thanks

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I run the twinair power flow filter, it has the backfire filter on it so no need for the screen.

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The filter cage should have a screen built into it. This screen prevents the air filter from catching fire if the engine backfires, or if u dump the bike and get all kinds of gas/oil and other junk pouring backwards into the airbox.

If you DO NOT have this screen then you need to get an air filter that is flame proof/backfire proof. If your cage has this screen, then you can run almost any filter. Just dont cheap out, buy a good foam twinair or even a no-toil, clean it every ride and oil it thouroughly. There are lots of threads related to filter selection. Read up and choose one you feel is best.

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The filter cage should have a screen built into it. This screen prevents the air filter from catching fire if the engine backfires, or if u dump the bike and get all kinds of gas/oil and other junk pouring backwards into the airbox.

If you DO NOT have this screen then you need to get an air filter that is flame proof/backfire proof. If your cage has this screen, then you can run almost any filter. Just dont cheap out, buy a good foam twinair or even a no-toil, clean it every ride and oil it thouroughly. There are lots of threads related to filter selection. Read up and choose one you feel is best.

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When you go on a trip like that to Moab, you should have at least 4 air filters with you. I like the biodegradable oil and cleaning system of No Toil filters for ease of cleaning. But Twin Airs work great too.

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OEM filters are best.

im with ya on this one. tried twinair,uni, notoil etc, oem filters are a higher quality than any of the aftermarket ones ive tried.

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pretty sure you ought to have a screen, so if there is not, then get one that will handle a backfire. I have a KLR 650 and have several UNIs, for me they keep dirt on the outside of filter, the stock one would show dirt inside if left too long or really dusted.....

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Whatever kind you use, don't be a retard and go on a trip with just the filter on the bike. Have 4 cleaned and oiled filters in seperate bags with you on the trip. If you are going to be riding more than 4 times, you'll need buckets, cleaner and oil. but remember that you will have to wait a day for the filter to be completely dry before re-oiling.

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OK, question here.

I just went to replace the Filter on my newest 04 450 and the moron PO removed the Back Fire Screen. What are my options? I cant seem to find the element listed on the parts fiche on the service Honda site unless its item 26.

Joe

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OK, question here.

I just went to replace the Filter on my newest 04 450 and the moron PO removed the Back Fire Screen. What are my options? I cant seem to find the element listed on the parts fiche on the service Honda site unless its item 26.

Joe

No Toil makes two models of filters; one that fits over the factory backfire screen and another that comes with a plastic frame. No screen required because the foam is fire resistant and the biodegradable oil used on the filter has a much higher flashpoint than petroleum filter oils. Without the restriction of the screen, you have more air flow.

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Thanks for the tip. The issue I have is I believe that Maxima FFT is the best filter oil and I think its probably best to use a Screen and give up the .1 HP I am not capable of using anyway, lol!

Joe

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Just a tip. I use my wifes blow dryer to dry my air filter after cleaning it. Dries it in under 5 minutes. No need to wait overnight.

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Just a tip. I use my wifes blow dryer to dry my air filter after cleaning it. Dries it in under 5 minutes. No need to wait overnight.

That still leaves water in the filter.

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Im sure mine never gets completely dry before I re-oil... no issues here. Just let it sit overnight or if I'm in hurry it only gets a few hours :dunno:

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Just a tip. I use my wifes blow dryer to dry my air filter after cleaning it. Dries it in under 5 minutes. No need to wait overnight.

I did that one time when I was about 12 years old and had a flash explosion in my parents bathroom. I guess the solvent fumes where building up and I created a 2' fireball right in front of me. Looked pretty cool in the mirror but I just set them in the sun after that!

Joe

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OK, question here.

I just went to replace the Filter on my newest 04 450 and the moron PO removed the Back Fire Screen. What are my options? I cant seem to find the element listed on the parts fiche on the service Honda site unless its item 26.

Joe

Why is he a moron PO, I have not used a backfire screen since 2003 and have never had a problem. I have a buddy thas has a 2006 yzf450 and took his screen out in 06 and runs the twinair filters w/o backfire prevention and hasn't had one problem. I suggest using the one that is made for no screen.

I guess what I'm trying to say is you just called everyone that takes out the screen a moron, use the right filter and no worries.

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