Solvent for cleaning air cleaner on motorcycle

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Solvent for cleaning air cleaner on motorcycle

#1 Unread post by TheImp » Thu May 18, 2006 8:40 pm

My bike seems to use an oil-foam air cleaner and the cleaning process requires soaking the air cleaner in a high flash-point solvent and then soaking in sae-30 oil according to the service manual. I had a hard time finding any high flash-point solvent so I settled for a can of acetone and also got another can of turpentine both of which I believe are low flash point solvents. Any reason not to use it, do I really strictly need to use a high flash-point solvent or do you all get by with something like acetone or turpentine for cleaning the air cleaner?
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#2 Unread post by 9000white » Thu May 18, 2006 9:16 pm

i use 100% mineral spirits (paint thinner).
dont know what affects that other stuff will have on foam rubber.
the reason for the high flash point stuff is so it will evaporate quicker.use mineral spirits wring it out and put it in the sun to dry for a few hours.
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#3 Unread post by CORSCO » Thu May 18, 2006 9:32 pm

Just stop by the shop and buy some air filter cleaner and air filter oil.
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#4 Unread post by TheImp » Thu May 18, 2006 10:32 pm

Thanks for the advice. Since I already bought the acetone I'll probably just use it and make sure its dried out properly. This air cleaner has an element which itself comes out and so no rubber needs to be in contact with the solvent. If I do come across an air filter cleaner at a different auto parts store than the one I went to I'll probably get it.
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#5 Unread post by TechTMW » Fri May 19, 2006 2:23 am

Don't use regular oil, either - Use air-filter specific oil. It's stickier and traps more dirt.
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Re: Solvent for cleaning air cleaner on motorcycle

#6 Unread post by Soetjoko » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:00 am

Have you ever used reverse osmosis water to clean a motorcycle?

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Re: Solvent for cleaning air cleaner on motorcycle

#7 Unread post by JohnAllums1 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:14 am

It's a straightforward shower on, wash off recipe that doesn't expect you to utilize some other solvents.

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Re: Solvent for cleaning air cleaner on motorcycle

#8 Unread post by Cody55 » Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:10 am

The purpose of your motorcycle’s intake system is to feed air into the engine.

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