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Rather, I had a mechanic do it. Mileage 16,107. Dang thing is still quite clean. Will upload a photo of the old one. Honda says to change this every 12,000 miles. Unless you ride in very dusty or very wet conditions the air filter can be kept for at least 35,000 miles. 12,000 IMHO, miles is such a waste of time and money.
 

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I agree, I change my first one on my 02 at 25,000 miles and it still was clean. I have 21,000 on my 08 and I'm heading out in 11 days on a 3,000 mile ride from Calif. through Arizona and Colorado. I'll change the oil before I leave and when I get back but I'll wait until about 30,000 before I do the air filter and plugs.
 

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Maybe Honda recomends changing it at 12,000 because having a clean air filter is one of the best things for your motor.I think is better to change it out clean than to change it dirty.
 

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I agree, I change my first one on my 02 at 25,000 miles and it still was clean. I have 21,000 on my 08 and I'm heading out in 11 days on a 3,000 mile ride from Calif. through Arizona and Colorado. I'll change the oil before I leave and when I get back but I'll wait until about 30,000 before I do the air filter and plugs.
Enjoy that ride,Sounds like fun,Be safe
 

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I use Honda oil now because I don't put a lot of miles on my bike anymore. On my 02 I used Shell Rotella T full synthetic. Walmart has it. Great stuff and a lot of Gold Wing riders on other boards use it also.
check this post out
Shell Rotella T Synthetic full analysis
My trip was fine. We were going to be gone 10 days and head to Colorado but because of the bad weather there we only were gone 5 days and stayed in Arizona and New Mexico. But it was still a road trip. God kept us safe and we had a great time.
Joe
 

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My mechanic suggested a change at 30,000 miles but I had him change it early because we had a 6,000 mile trip coming up. I thought it would be a whole lot dirtier than it was. I could have waited.
My winter project is to change the air filter. I have 27,000 +. Surprised to find many riders who are disappointed with the serviceable look of their filter but if you go through the trouble of removing it you sure are not going to put it back in.
 

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Ditto for me chopin, filter is due for changing. It's a tad below mileage requirement, but time is also a factor and well, I have some other things I need to take the tupperware off for anyway.:eek:
 

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Ditto for me chopin, filter is due for changing. It's a tad below mileage requirement, but time is also a factor and well, I have some other things I need to take the tupperware off for anyway.:eek:
I should chronicle the episode with photo snap shots. Have the F. Harmon DVD's on how to, but posting that might incur copyright violations; which I find ironic because, although F. Harmon's DVD's are informative, they are far from professionally done. His disclaimer is his videos are for " entertainment purpose only ". And believe me , it lacks in entertainment too.
 

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One man's entertainment is another man's anguish. Not really looking forward to it actually.
 

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Anyone who has changed the air filter themselves....I can't get the instrument panel connector to break loose. Any suggestions? Have watched the Steve Saunders video and his came off easily. My fingers on both hands are sore from pushing down on the connector and pulling. By the way have an 06/nav/ABS.
Thanks,
Dave Kelley
What year wing to you have? If you have '06 or later (I think, but may include earlier 1800's) you just lift up on the dash around the keyhole area and it will lift up out of its groumets. Be careful not to lift it all of the way out because the tweeter wires are still connected. These are probably what you are talking about. I think the tabs where you press are on the inside (at about the 3'oclock position on the left one and 9 'oclock on the right one).
 

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Are the K&N really worth the extra $?
Depends how many miles you put on your Wing. You still have to tear the thing down to replace or clean.
 
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