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To oil or not to oil..that is the question

Old 01-23-2013, 08:50 AM
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The track I go to is VERY dusty, I've noticed that when I oil my filters they get very gummed up and seem to heat up the car. Would I be better to leave it dry so the fine dust doesn't clog up the filter?
Wouldn't the two layers of foam stop the dust from getting into the carb?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:53 AM
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I oil the inner and not the outer...it makes it easy to do a quick clean on the outer if the day is real dusty and any thing that gets through will definitely be stopped by the inner...imo
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Personally I oil both inner and outer, I don't trust one oiled filter but I run expensive engines so it's a precaution. In also run a filter mesh from outerwears, it keeps the filter clean. I swap out my filter after each race or practice day.
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Use some self sticking band aid type wrap to cover your filter I think it known as vet wrap... Ill get a link to what I use in a few. I found it at Walgreens
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:29 AM
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oil it both inner outer, make a thin oil. change your filter after a few run. depends on how much dirt covering your filter. it doesnt gonna hurt ur engine running much filter oil,
save ur powerplant !!
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lack of filter maintenance is quite possibly the biggest killer of all.....

ALWAYS OIL, soak them up, squeeze out excess, then dry dab them until they are sticky, not soaked, just enough to trap particles, dont starve your engine for air by over oiling...

buy a BUNCH, change them every heat....clean/re-oil, re-install....every day, every heat....change your filter elements all the time
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:35 AM
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I oil both, thin on the outside and alittle thicker on the inner.
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I run pre oiled filters and I like the outer element dry or mostly free from oil. I have had the outer element clog up with dirt if it had too much oil on it and then the engine tune changes. I have tried many different filter brands and the losi filters seem to keep more dirt out. Also toss it when it's done. There is no way to clean it completely. These little engines are very sensitive to dirt, not like other larger engines where you can clean the filter and be ok. So replacing it with a new oiled element is cheap insurance.
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I run the outer one free of oil and make sure the inner one is oiled nice and thick.
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motor spray will clean them everytime Frank, but yes you are correct, they are cheap enough to NOT re-use.
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Hot water wd40 and dawn soap doesn't get much easier than that. I man that has been in the industry for 25+ years and has traveled the world working and driving these things taught me that.
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Originally Posted by Drip View Post
Hot water wd40 and dawn soap doesn't get much easier than that. I man that has been in the industry for 25+ years and has traveled the world working and driving these things taught me that.
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and filter oil.

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Nice thanks for the tips
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I clean the outer filter with nitro and then spray motorcycle filter oil on it once every race day or when they get dirty ,the inner filter stays nice and clean , over 20 gals on a grp with no problems,,
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Originally Posted by bigjayjay1 View Post
Personally I oil both inner and outer, I don't trust one oiled filter but I run expensive engines so it's a precaution. In also run a filter mesh from outerwears, it keeps the filter clean. I swap out my filter after each race or practice day.

This is exactly what I do.. Never had an issue yet.
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