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Old 03-19-2003, 03:58 PM   #1
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Question How to clean conical foam air filter?

I have a Rallispec CIA with a Pipercross foam air filter (like the one pictured below)



I bought some generic 'foam air filter cleaner' stuff from the local rice shop. It consisted of a cleaner solution and some filter oil.

I soaked the filter in the sloution to clean it, but afterwards, my filter fell apart! The foam filter part separated from the metal ends.... I bought some silicone glue and stuck it all back together. I guess the solution is too strong.

Anyone know of any better products? Or maybe a homemade concoction?? I dont want my filter to fall apart again....I'd have to re-glue it, and it takes like 48 hours to dry
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Old 03-19-2003, 04:18 PM   #2
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Not sure, but make sure you wash it from the inside of the filter outwards.

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Old 03-19-2003, 04:20 PM   #3
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First, I'd contact pipercross or Rallispec to find out the recommended cleaning product(s). Second, I usually recommend water only for foam (or a [u]mild[/m] detergent. As for filter oil, any foam filter oil should be fine just be sparing with it. I wouldn't be too thrilled if I had a filter fall apart, expecially if the product you bought was made for foam filters... and I'd have concerns about running that filter after it's been "glued" back together. May want to talk to the "riceshop" folks and try to get some compensation. Oh, motorcycle shops sell tons of foam filters, they should have some good cleaner(s) and oil. Also may want to pick up a prefilter just in case the media is compromised.
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yeah, I wasnt too impressed when it came apart in my hands

the stuff says "made for foam filters" on it..but it looks like only panel-type filters on the instructions, not conical.

Either way, I used a nice bead of silicone all the way around, so it has formed a nice seal, i'm not worried about that.

This pipercross thing is a SWEET filter tho...dual element filter, very highquality. I actually DID contact Rallispac last year, just told me to get "any foam filter cleaner"
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Old 03-19-2003, 05:01 PM   #5
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What I do when I clean a foam element is soak it good in water (from the outside in) and then apply a spray cleaner, wash, rinse, and repeat. If the filter is really bad I soad the filter in a water/cleaner mix (very dilute) and then follow the steps above. I try to do this in the evening so I can put the filter back on and let dry overnight (don't do that unless its above freezing ).
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Old 03-19-2003, 05:28 PM   #6
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...and when was the last time you cleaned your filter there, Boy????

It looked the same in the turbo pics as it did when I saw ya up here in the summer!!!!!
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What I do when I clean a foam element is soak it good in water (from the outside in) and then apply a spray cleaner, wash, rinse, and repeat. If the filter is really bad I soad the filter in a water/cleaner mix (very dilute) and then follow the steps above. I try to do this in the evening so I can put the filter back on and let dry overnight (don't do that unless its above freezing ).
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Old 03-19-2003, 05:31 PM   #7
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OK, so when you look up (to the sky) you may see brown crap in the air... better know as smog, not too common in Ohio but it happens. Down here we look up and see a brown tint in the sky its dust... lots of it. I can't keep that filter looking clean for more than a week .
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my filter is NASTY!

I'd like to clean it with water, but I dont think that'll do anything. When I cleaned it last year, I added some foam filter oil...it was like a silicone based oil. Water's not gonna wash that stuff out!
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Just foolin witcha Boy!!!! We got smog here too......plus a lot of other crap along the roadways.......just no armadillo fur......

I just use a mild dish soap and warm water. Repeated dunkings and vigorous twisting, shaking in a bucket followed by a thorough rinsing from the inside out. Let dry overnight, oil it up and install after a few hrs. It's a good idea to have a cheap filter around to play backup while the good one is drying.

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