I use mineral spirits, or paint thinner, same thing. It puts a hurtin' on the filter oil and cleans the filter great. I have not had any problems with the glue on the filter decomposing, but, I always rinse the filter thoroughly afterwards. Almost any solvent will work, but mineral spirits is pretty easy to get, and it won't eat your skin off, for short periods of exposure. Always be careful with solvents and flamability. Good luck.
I have to put in another shameless plug for No-Toil. A little bit of their filter cleaner in some nice warm water and the filter is cleaner than I've ever seen. However you must also use their filter oil, won't wash out with anything but their cleaner and stays really tacky. :)
what is the no-toil filter all about? what exactly does no toil mean?
also i dry my filter after washing with a hair dryer before putting on my filter oil, is that ok? i dont think its from this but my filters bottom like the outside of the hole that touches up against the intake hole is ripping like the liner of it.:think
I think NO Toil means its easy to clean up. I also use No Toil products. I had a No Toil filter on my blaster and when I sold it I had all the chemicals left. I now use them on my Twin Air. I ran out of the filter cleaner powder so now I just use hot soapy water and it takes the oil right out. I also like how the oil is red so you can tell where the oil is and if you missed a spot. It's super tacky so you know its going to trap the dirt, yet it flows wonderfully. I love the feel of my bike after I clean the filter. I can really notive the power gain. I clean mine about twice a week. There's no reason not too. It's a win win situation.
I use a one gallon icecream bucket full of keroseen with wire mesh about 1/2in. off the bottom so the dirt can settle out. I usually reuse the keroseen at least 10 times. I let most of the keroseen drip out then wash it out with laundry deturgent. then oil with Bel-Ray. No-toil sounds like a good way to go but I have never tried it.
Will the no-toil stuff hurt my nice new UNI air filter that I love so much??!? The air filter has worked wonders for my bike and I thought I have heard some stories about the no-toil harming the UNI filters.
I found the best way to clean it is to first dip it in either petrol or turps to break down the old filter oil and grime. Then rinse with warm soapy water and let it dry thoroughly. Remember to re-oil the filter with a good quality filter oil, i prefer to use "Finer Filter" oil. Massage the oil in with your hands and then remove any excess by squeezing or patting it dry with a cloth. Remember to apply a thin film of oil/grease on the surface of the inner filter skeleton where it meets the foam to ensure a good seal.
I've even heard of some manufacturers filter oils intentionally hardening up on the surface of the filter, trapping dirt and then cracking (during the process of riding and jumping) allowing the hardened clog to fall to the bottom of the box and leaving a clean area of the filter exposed. I know it sounds pretty cooky, but it seems good in theory.
Ive heard 2 horror storys about the gasoline method. Having backfires and lighting up the airbox. Sounds like a longshot to me. I have three airfilters for my WR426. I even change one when I go back to the truck for water. Like someone said a few posts up its a win win situation.
As for cleaning I still use gas and soapy water. My friend has some no toil that I plan on trying he swears by it
So buy a No Toil filter at Chaparral for all of about $20.
If you are using any other method you are working too hard. Dirt bikes are a pain to maintain, any way to make it easier is a godsend. No toil is the quickest, easiest way to clean and oil a filter I have found. It takes me 5 minutes to clean mine and my son's fliters. I let them air dry in the sun for a couple of hours while I do other things and then 10 minutes to re-oil and install them both. The dirty water is biodegradable and you can just dump it in the grass with no damage.
LWilson250, why don't you take the free coupon that comes with the NO-TOIL kit and get your free filter. I just ordered two cleaner/oil kits and now have two new filters in my garage. The whole thing only cost about $35 to $40! Thats like buying two filters and getting cleaning supplies free.:cool:
I use No-Toil on my UNI filter for my KDX. I have been doing so for the past year (since MWSF2K where i got free samples). I have not (until this week) had any trouble with the No-Toil destroying the adhesive in my filter. This week when i went to clean my filter i noticed that the two pieces of foam were coming apart due to adhesion break down. I used some GOOP to glue them back together and went out and purchased another filter (Twin Air).
The UNI still looks like it will be fine. Hope the glue holds up. I will keep using No-Toil.:)