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Old 11-06-2012, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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cleaning and oiling a uni filter

I've got the uni pods on my bike, and I have the uni cleaner and oil, but don't really know how often the filters need to be cleaned and oiled. I ride strictly on pavement and it really isn't all that dusty where I ride, so what determines the cleaning intervals?

I'm sure if I ask Uni they'll give me an answer that will sell more of their cleaner and oil, so I'd like to hear from those who are veteran uni users.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Used a uni thru 25000 miles on my speedmaster and now have 26000 on a UNI in my Tbird. There is no mileage thats it needs to be cleaned thats the same for everyone and every bike. It depends on many factors. but the way I look at it, clean it often because if you think about it, the filter doesn't not stay clean for X number of miles then become dirty. It gradually gets dirty in a linear fashion till it gets to the point the bike starts running badly, which would take a LOT of miles. So the way i do it is i clean it quite often, about every 2-3 months, and immediately if i ride thru a very dusty area on a reasonably long ride. If you clean it often it will never get to a point where theres any loss of performance or fuel mileage that could be noted. If you wait till it really needs it, you will be riding some of that time with mileage and performance that will be less than optimal. So since it's easy to do, why not?

As to doing the deed, i use hot water and dish soap. I work it in and rinse real good after ward then squeeze out the excess and dry it further with paper towels if i need to use it right away. If not riding till the next day i'll just let it sit and air dry till the next day. As for oil, i use the UNI branded spray and i use VERY little. Just a few very quick squirts to the inside and then work it in with my fingers. I've used it with no oil and noticed no difference in performance or MPG when using a very light amount of oil.

Lastly, the reason i say clean right away it if you ever ride thru very dusty conditions is that i recently rode about 80 miles of twisties and desert on a windy day and felt sand blowing in my face often. After that ride it seemed to be running rich and lost some power. I looked at the filter and it was brown with dirt ! Washed it out and bike went right back to running great. So in some conditions it's good to check it. Mine is a 1700 with custom map and decat/pipes, so it does no doubt suck a fair deal more air than a speedy/america. Then again, with pods they may get dirty quick. But in any case, keep that in mind.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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K&N used to suggest a cleaning interval of 50k miles, and that it got more efficient as it got dirtier. I can believe that, if I hold my K&N pods up to the light I can see a lot of small holes.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Daz. What you've given me makes good sense. I also have a Uni on my Polaris ATV, which gets dusty very quickly and I clean it just about every time I do a day long ride up in the mountains. But every 3 months with the America seems like a good interval.

Slinky, the K & N seems to be a different material than the Uni, so I can understand why it may not need cleaning as often. I used a K & N on my V-65 Magna for 50,000 miles and think I may have cleaned it once. I have 20,000 miles on the K & N in my Valkyrie and haven't cleaned it yet. I checked it about a month ago and it still looks like new.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have unis on my tba. I do live in a dusty area and I use the no toil cleaner and oil at once a year interval at the beginning of nice riding weather. Its an easy job and something I enjoy so I don't think about wheter it needs it or not.
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No need to over-oil the Uni's, Stan. Be frugal with the spray.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ya, I watched the vid clip on how to oil a uni and it seems that it takes very little oil. The important thing is to make sure that you get it worked in well.
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