Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NW Arkansas, USA
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I found this thread because I was also surprised by this recommendation and about how hard it is to accomplish it!
Close inspection of the instructions show that the element should be oiled before being re-inserted into the engine. I believe the rain warning is due to this. I also think it was written by an defensive technician in the same line as "Do not use this hair drier while in the shower"...
The paranoid conspiracy-theorist in me thinks it might be because they look forward to you breaking (and then buying) parts in the process...
Regardless, I came to the forum looking for posts from other riders who had actually taken the air cleaner element out and saw, IRL, how dirty it looks. This is akin to crying wolf: What are we to believe is actually needed or just them covering their asses?
Last edited by GoodMoGo; 12-01-2011 at 10:49 PM.