Hey guys I'm new here on dirtrider! I just recently bought a 2003 yz 125. I need to clean the air filter before my the next ride and I was wondering what other kinds of oil besides air filter oil will work?? Will engine oil work?
You need to use air filter oil. Back in the 70s you could get away with motor oil but the filters today are designed to be used with air fiter oil that tacks up as it dries. You'll need mineral spirits to clean it unless it was oiled with No-Toil oil which can be washed with detergent. I use No-Toil because I can wash it in my sink...when the wife isn't home :ohmy:
I've used chainsaw bar oil when I was younger. But it really isn't anything more than scrap oil not fit to run inside an engine and I don't advise it. You'll save money spending the $8 or so for tacky filter oil designed for your filter. Much cheaper than replacing piston, rings and bearings because too much debris sifted through your filter in order to save $10.
I use a mixture of heavy gear oil W140 with some aircooled 2 stroke premix oil at 70: 30. I can buy filter oils but not the cleaning solution that you get up north.
Disadvantage of the mix is that you need to massage the oil pretty good and can not store the filter for more than a few hours till some dusty dirt partikels bind the oil. The oil runs through the filter, although slow. I use my filters for one ride and wash them, dry them filter them and use them when their time comes.
Make sure you oil both sides, I use a small spray bottle used for watering plants on both sides and massage it in. use plenty and squeeze the excess out of it lay it on a plastic bag for an hour or so and see if oil still runs out.
No debris on the slide, but if I had access to filter oil with the proper cleaning I most likely would not go through that hassle.
Thanks guys for the help!! Im gonna order some of the no toil oil, and try it out. In the meantime i still would like to ride my bike....would it be ok to ride today? The last time I cleaned the filter was a few days ago and since then ive ridden the bike for maybe a total of around 40 minutes. Im just doing some light riding in the pasture, it is not dusty at all just a huge field of green grass.
So what exactly does the oil do??? If i ride 2 or 3 times a day just out in the pasture how long can i go without having to clean it? thanks for all the help guys, im just a newbie with all this dirtbike stuff(: