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C50 Air Filter: Clean or replace?

I'm hunting down an air filter (OEM, not K&N) for my '09 C50.

It looks like this is the go-to place....
https://www.suzukipartshouse.com/oem...torcycle/parts
...but if anyone has any other recommended sources, let me know.

My main question is: The technical manual states to clean the filter with compressed air. It doesn't say anything about replacing it. Is that the better option?


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They can only be cleaned so many times before it becomes worthless. I will clean it a few times depending on riding conditions and then replace it.
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They can only be cleaned so many times before it becomes worthless. I will clean it a few times depending on riding conditions and then replace it.
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The bike didn't have a lot of miles on it when I bought it. I've put on a lot, but mostly on paved roads. I think it spent more of it's previous time being washed than on the road. It looks like the owner was meticulous about maintenance so I wouldn't be surprised if the filter had been replaced regularly.

I haven't even looked at the existing filter yet. If the previous owner already installed K&N, then fine...The bike has been running very well. I'll just clean it.

If there's an OEM filter in there and condition looks good enough to clean, I'll do that and then buy an OEM replacement anyway just to have on hand for when it's needed.


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Hope it doesn't have a K&N filter. If it does, and you keep it in, you need a fuel controller. They increase air intake thus creating a leaner mixture.
Letting the bike sit is always worse for the bikes than riding. Tires get flat spots, lubricants don't get circulated, parts stick, moisture builds in engine and brake fluid.

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The maintenance schedule states to inspect the air filter at every oil change interval and to replace it every 11,000 miles.

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I don't mind blowing out paper filters once or twice before replacing them, kind of depends how it looks. If they're only lightly dirty, blow out and reinstall. If there's signs of vacuum collapse or the pleats are black and nasty, replace. For $20 every couple years it's not exactly a huge deal. If your local dealer wants outrageous prices for them certainly not difficult to find online, and air filters aren't exactly "right now" necessities. Your old one can last another few days to wait for shipping. I've found local stores tend to be fairly reasonable on prices when it comes to the common consumables- filters, brake pads, stuff like that they sell a lot of. It's the more obscure, less needed items they bang you on, which is not surprising. "Velocity Pricing".

My c50 came with a K&N filter installed as well as a new OEM filter still in the package. Once I finally got the bike running decently (bad fuel regulator), it still had kind of a dead spot off idle and tended to pop and snap on decel, classic sign of it running lean. Put the OEM air filter in and the popping almost entirely stopped and the throttle response was smoother and stronger off idle, so I'll +1 that if you want to run an exhaust and K&N, you really need a fuel controller. Exhaust only, you can ultimately get away without it.
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...For $20 every couple years it's not exactly a huge deal...
Where or where do you get them for that price?
Let me know.
The ones I found online are all in the $40.00 + range.


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Where or where do you get them for that price?
Let me know.
The ones I found online are all in the $40.00 + range.
Ditto on the filter cost. They ain't cheap.


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