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Old 02-11-2013, 09:38 AM   #73666
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If you're just running regular old USA pump gas, how necessary is that little filter? Not that I'm too cheap to spend the five bucks or whatever for an inline filter, but I was thinking about just pulling that one out of the elbow to see how much of a difference it makes. My bike is a 2001, and I have a feeling that this was never touched by the previous owners.
Mine at 28,000 miles, no aux filter, Colorado gas.

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Old 02-11-2013, 09:45 AM   #73667
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If you're just running regular old USA pump gas, how necessary is that little filter? Not that I'm too cheap to spend the five bucks or whatever for an inline filter, but I was thinking about just pulling that one out of the elbow to see how much of a difference it makes. My bike is a 2001, and I have a feeling that this was never touched by the previous owners.
It only make s a difference if it gets clogged up. The biggest source of debris in the filter would be rust particles from the stock steel tank or plastic particles (from manufacturing) in an aftermarket tank. Of course you don't know the condition of the internal parts of the gas pumps where you fill up. I would not expect to get pure clean fuel at every podunk little gas station out where I like to ride.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:33 AM   #73668
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There are no inexpensive side covers for the DR, damn things cost as much as a whole set of plastics for other bikes.
I wrote my name and phone # on the inside of both my side covers. Hope I don't lose one in a "sensitive" area.

But if I lose it at an event, the organizer knows how to get it to me, and if I lose it somewhere else, hopefully a good Samaritan calls me.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:35 AM   #73669
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Mine at 28,000 miles, no aux filter, Colorado gas.

Geesh, your fingers are dirtier, how many miles on them?

That wasn't what I found when I pulled mine at about 10,000 miles, it was a lot worse. Glad to have it gone.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:05 AM   #73670
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Geesh, your fingers are dirtier, how many miles on them?

That wasn't what I found when I pulled mine at about 10,000 miles, it was a lot worse. Glad to have it gone.
IMHO, 10,000 is too long to go between filter cleanings ... regardless of which filter you're using. Remember folks ... we've also got the internal filter screen on the Petcock stem. I am now pulling my petcock out about once a year and cleaning that filter and flushing tank. Seems to help the little filter stay cleaner. YMMV. No prob with in line filter as long as it's not impeding fuel flow and allowing use of most of the fuel remaining in the tank.

Here is my petcock after 20K miles without a clean:

There was more grit, rust and sand in the tank. The screen was a bit clogged. Tooth brush and Carb cleaner put it right. Paint is overspray from painting tank. (I am not a professional )

If you ride Mexico you may pick up stuff like this from time to time and your luck. I got gas several times from 55 gallon drums. Use a filter if you're concerned. (Rayon T shirt works well)
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:28 AM   #73671
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IMHO, 10,000 is too long to go between filter cleanings ...
Grifter, I know you weren't spanking me, but just making a general statement for everyone, but in my defense I would like to say, I bought my DR650 with 9800 miles on it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:50 AM   #73672
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If you're just running regular old USA pump gas, how necessary is that little filter? Not that I'm too cheap to spend the five bucks or whatever for an inline filter, but I was thinking about just pulling that one out of the elbow to see how much of a difference it makes. My bike is a 2001, and I have a feeling that this was never touched by the previous owners.
i don't think it matters the gas location or type. this is about being prepared for that 1 bad/dirty gas station that could clog your bike no matter where you are in the world.

if you stay on top of checking that inline filter it works just fine and flows plenty of gas to run the bike. the problem appears when people do not know it's there or ignore it if they do and it clogs up easily if dirt is coming your way.

i'd guess most DRs in use just rely on this one. where it rears it's ugly head is when you've got carb/running issues and you fail to take this filter into consideration. by knowing it's there and checking it regularly you're filtered.

if your filter is clean when you pull it, don't expect your bike to run any better nor worse.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #73673
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i don't think it matters the gas location or type. this is about being prepared for that 1 bad/dirty gas station that could clog your bike no matter where you are in the world.
And also.... when you're filling up in some station on the edge of some small town and the wind whips up a little cloud of dust from the fields next door, some of that crud is going to end up dropping into your tank through the open filler hole. I can see the grit clearly in my IMS 'clear' tank. It sits in the low spots of the forward lobes of the tank.


If you've ever tried to look through the hole in your pilot jet you know it wouldn't take much of a speck of dirt to clog it.

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Old 02-11-2013, 01:51 PM   #73674
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Procycle sells brand new plastics, and I think they actually sell the side panels separately from the other plastics. You might be able to find them cheaper used, but for new kit, they're solid.
OMG!!!

Just checked Procycycle and 2 pieces of plastic, PLASTIC, are $190 for a pair of F'n sidecovers!

The search continues.......
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:54 PM   #73675
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OMG!!!

Just checked Procycycle and 2 pieces of plastic, PLASTIC, are $190 for a pair of F'n sidecovers!

The search continues.......
I saw that too, then went and looked it up at Rocky Mountain ATV. $60-ish each. BUT.. the heat shield is another $40 or so. Basically, ProCycle makes little or nothing on that stuff.

Next best bet will be Maier, in the off chance they have something. Otherwise, eBay.

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:14 PM   #73676
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I saw that too, then went and looked it up at Rocky Mountain ATV. $60-ish each. BUT.. the heat shield is another $40 or so. Basically, ProCycle makes little or nothing on that stuff.

Next best bet will be Maier, in the off chance they have something. Otherwise, eBay.

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Like I said, there are NO inexpensive DR side covers.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:14 PM   #73677
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OMG!!!

Just checked Procycycle and 2 pieces of plastic, PLASTIC, are $190 for a pair of F'n sidecovers!

The search continues.......
I guess I was looking at those through the eyes of someone who had to replace plastics on a sport bike. When you've paid $450 for a single fairing panel, $190 for both sides starts looking cheap.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:19 PM   #73678
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Basically, ProCycle makes little or nothing on that stuff.
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Yup. To make matters worse, Suzuki just hit us with another price increase. It's the 3rd or 4th one in the last 12 months.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:24 PM   #73679
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I guess I was looking at those through the eyes of someone who had to replace plastics on a sport bike. When you've paid $450 for a single fairing panel, $190 for both sides starts looking cheap.
Well, looking at it from a more apples to apples comparison, as in 2 dual sport bikes, I can get a whole Acerbis body set for my KTM 450 EXC for $99. Thats not only two side covers, but two shrouds and 2 fenders as well.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #73680
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I can get a whole Acerbis body set for my KTM 450 EXC for $99. Thats not only two side covers, but two shrouds and 2 fenders as well.
I could have went my whole life without knowing there were cheaper parts on a KTM...

Thanks for destroying the dream!
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