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While you're in there, if you have any cruise control lag when you set it, this is the time to adjust it..
 

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First time filter change is hardest, but the tutorials on this site and the members help make it much easier. The link Dave gave you also has this fine video tutorial, and you have everything you need right here.

 

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I can see why the GL1800 air filters might not get changed very often. You really have to dig to get to them. Guess the engineers didn't think they would ever need to be serviced. ;)
 

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I'm replacing mine right now.....it sure is deep in there. Not complicated,but it'sa lot of hardware removal just for an air filter.

The tutorials are a great help.
 

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After doing it the first time. it isn't hard at all. Compared to some sports bikes it's a piece of cake really.
 

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Ya, it's just intimidating the first time you do it, after that, not really a big deal. Still, that's a lot of parts to take off just for an air filter. I guess that's why mine was covered and black when I replaced it.
 

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Air filters on some smaller bikes are a nightmare to swap out compared to the GL1800. That video and photos make it look easier than most people say it is.
 

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Also depending on your riding and conditions it doesnt need to be changed as often as they say. I changed mine at 25,000 and that was after going from the Midwest to the west coast and all in between. My bikes filter couldve easily been changed out at least until 40,000 after looking at the filter.
 

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I changed mine about 32000 miles ago and fortuneately I have an inspection camera. I just poke it down the air inlet for inspection and it's still clean.
 

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While you're in there changing your filter, take the screen off the old filter and cover the front of the intake horns with the screen. Works great to keep mice from using your filter as a condo.
 

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jdvorchak wrote:
I changed mine about 32000 miles ago and fortuneately I have an inspection camera. I just poke it down the air inlet for inspection and it's still clean.
Isn't that a clever idea. Is there room enough to fit a narrow vaccum cleaner hose in and suck any dirt out?
 

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jdvorchak wrote:
I changed mine about 32000 miles ago and fortuneately I have an inspection camera. I just poke it down the air inlet for inspection and it's still clean.
That's a great idea. I have access to a borescope and it could help decide when to chnage the filter! Thanks.
 

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Want a slightly more involved filter change? Try an Airbag model.
 
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