How to Change the Air Filter on Bikes

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Honda bike is a custom cruiser motorcycle with a Honda bike engine. The air filter on this motorcycle is located under the rear seat inside a plastic air intake box. An air filter keeps particles that could harm the engine out of the air flowing into it. If the air filter becomes dirty or clogged with use, it will need to be replaced, so it will filter the air properly and allow for proper airflow. If the air doesn't flow properly, your engine could lose horsepower and fuel mileage.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Air Filter on a 750 Shadow

Remove the 10-mm bolt from the rear of the seat using the wrench. The bolt is in clear view at the point where the tail meets the seat.

Remove the two screw on each side of the seat using the screwdriver. The screws are in clear view in the center of the frame just below the seat.

Pull the seat off the frame of the bike and set it aside. Store the seat in a place that is clean, dry and free of all debris that may scratch or other wise damage the leather on the seat.

Lift up on the two plastic fasteners on the right and left side of the air box cover. Pull the cover off the air box. Unscrew the butterfly nut on the top of the filter, and pull the filter from the air box. Place the new filter onto the rod, and replace the nut.

Replace the air box cover to the air box, and push down on the fasteners until they lock. Replace the seat to the frame of the bike the opposite way that you removed it.

Items you will need

  • 10-mm box wrench

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Change the Air Filter on a Yamaha YZF 600

Remove the screws that hold the side cover onto the right side of the Yamaha using a screwdriver. The side cover mounts directly below the gas tank. Pull the cover off the side of the bike. Locate the plastic tabs on the plastic cover that fit into grommets on the frame. Pull the tabs out of the rubber grommets.

Remove the three Allen bolts from the air box lid using an Allen wrench.

Pull the used filter cartridge out of the air box, and replace it with a new one.

Secure the lid to the air box using the Allen bolts and Allen wrench.

Place the side cover over the engine, and push the plastic tabs into the rubber grommets on the frame. Secure the cover with the screw using the screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Allen wrench set

 How to Change the Air Filter on a Grizzly 700

Remove the screws securing the air filter cover with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Take the air filter cover off, and set it aside.

Pull the air filter element out of the air filter frame. This is a foam insert. Examine the air filter to see whether it is dirty or has a tear, either of which will decrease the performance of the ATV.

Apply air filter oil to the air filter. The air filter should be damp but not soaked with the oil.

Insert the replacement air filter into the air filter frame.

Set the air filter cover back on, and tighten the screws.

Items you will need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Air filter oil

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