Malossi air cleaner
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"leftover" '09 MP3-500ie
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Location: Virginia
Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:30 pm quote
I bought a Malossi "red sponge" air cleaner for my MP3-500. Direction say wet w/Malossi 7.3 oil & "wring out" for use on dusty roads, & use dry on pavement.
Anyone using one? Oiled or dry? If oiled, w/Malossi oil or something else? I oil foam aircleaners for my lawn mowers with ordinary motor oil, but this "sponge" is a very different appearing material.
motresyklman
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2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:30 am quote
OMHO alway oil foam air filters, there is dust everywhere.
Go to a shop and get some foam filter oil, mix 50/50 with gas, soak, wring out and let dry before reinstalling.
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2013 Vespa GTS Super Sport
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:24 am quote
I put mine in dry as there is always oil vapor in the airbox to oil it lol
Molto Verboso
Honda CTX 700D
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Location: Louisville, KY
Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:09 pm quote
I oiled my very first Malossi , used old motor oil, wrung it out, used towels to wrap the filter in tightly rolled, waited for a day, installed it. After installed the motor started running rich, coughing, running rough and wouldn't idle. Took the filter out, washed it out with a small amount of gasoline, left it set in the sun to dry out.

After it was reinstalled all the problems went away.

Haven't oiled a Malossi filter since and don't ride it in dirt or dusty conditions. The MP3 wasn't designed for off-road use and I only tried it once.

Hope this helps.
Ossessionato
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2010 Can Am Spyder RT-S, 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:25 pm quote
Too much oil (or dirt) in the air filter will draw more oil from the crankcase. It's an accelerating thing, so clean your air filter every oil change or 3,000 miles if you ride in dusty areas or aggressively. Which is probably everyone.

But for sure, oil the filter. Lightly.
Hooked
Gilera Fuoco, 1973 Norton Commando 850
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Location: Australia
Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:29 pm quote
Last time I did my Malossi the only oil I had to hand was Tung oil, an organic oil that is the base for good marine varnishes and is also used straight as a furniture polish Worked fine!!

As long as the foam is not clogged with oil, any oil that gives it a sticky surface will do. (I usually use a Motul product)
Molto Verboso
MP3 500
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Location: Arlington, Republic of Texas
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:23 am quote
From advice on this forum, I bought two Malossi dual air filters, did as Ponydrvr suggested, put the spare filter into a large zip lock bag for my next air filter change, always kept a clean spare with me.
Moderatus Rana
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Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:51 am quote
After cleaning and drying I spray a little filter oil (I got it from Cycle Gear). It only takes a little though.

Ossessionato
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Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:03 am quote
Huh...
That's the same stuff I use (K&N air filter oil, that is).
I just spray across the filter so it is visible, probably 5 seconds continuous spray in total. Then smash the filter in all sorts of ways to spread it around. Whatever gets on my hands gets wiped off.

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"leftover" '09 MP3-500ie
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Location: Virginia
Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:31 pm quote
Thanks guys, I have some of the K&N oil for use on the filters on my Guzzi's. Wasn't sure about using it as it's intended for a different type filter.
motresyklman
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Neutrino MP3 492.7 AK, 2013 Moto Guzzi Norge
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Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:07 pm quote
motresyklman wrote:
Thanks guys, I have some of the K&N oil for use on the filters on my Guzzi's. Wasn't sure about using it as it's intended for a different type filter.
motresyklman
K&N filter oil is intended for a K&N style filter, not a foam style filter. get some foam filter spray like this

http://images.motorcycle-superstore.com/productimages/300/0000-maxima-air-filter-care-kit---.jpg can be used with foam or paper style
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GTS 300 Super
Joined: 31 Dec 2018
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Location: Florida
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:07 pm quote
Performance Difference?
Did anyone notice a difference in performance using a Malossi red sponge (or the Malossi two layer filter)?
Hooked
2008 MP3 400
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Location: Land of Oz
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:01 pm quote
Re: Performance Difference?
1112GTS300 wrote:
Did anyone notice a difference in performance using a Malossi red sponge (or the Malossi two layer filter)?
Nope. None at all.
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2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
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Location: Marietta, GA
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:55 am quote
Re: Malossi air cleaner
motresyklman wrote:
I bought a Malossi "red sponge" air cleaner for my MP3-500. Direction say wet w/Malossi 7.3 oil & "wring out" for use on dusty roads, & use dry on pavement.
Anyone using one? Oiled or dry? If oiled, w/Malossi oil or something else? I oil foam aircleaners for my lawn mowers with ordinary motor oil, but this "sponge" is a very different appearing material.
motresyklman
This is what I use on my MP3/250 and MP3/500 Sport.
I use the K&N Spray Oil since I have K&N in all my 4 Wheelers.
I Spray on one side, and use a Rag and press it on the filter to get some absorption and coverage. Then install...

Note: I change/swap more often on the MP3/500 so I can see if I have any "Oil Blow"...

No difference performance from stock, but I buy them in Bulk from Scooterpartsco.com To me, they look better made the OEM.

Keith,
Marietta, GA
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Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:15 am quote
Re: Malossi air cleaner
klaborde wrote:
motresyklman wrote:
I bought a Malossi "red sponge" air cleaner for my MP3-500. Direction say wet w/Malossi 7.3 oil & "wring out" for use on dusty roads, & use dry on pavement.
Anyone using one? Oiled or dry? If oiled, w/Malossi oil or something else? I oil foam aircleaners for my lawn mowers with ordinary motor oil, but this "sponge" is a very different appearing material.
motresyklman
This is what I use on my MP3/250 and MP3/500 Sport.
I use the K&N Spray Oil since I have K&N in all my 4 Wheelers.
I Spray on one side, and use a Rag and press it on the filter to get some absorption and coverage. Then install...

Note: I change/swap more often on the MP3/500 so I can see if I have any "Oil Blow"...

No difference performance from stock, but I buy them in Bulk from Scooterpartsco.com To me, they look better made the OEM.

Keith,
Marietta, GA
I think 4 years ago he probably has it figured out by now.
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2016 MP3/500 Sport ABS, 2009 MP3/250, 2012 GTS Super 300ie
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Posts: 4141
Location: Marietta, GA
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:19 am quote
Re: Malossi air cleaner
old as dirt wrote:
klaborde wrote:
motresyklman wrote:
I bought a Malossi "red sponge" air cleaner for my MP3-500. Direction say wet w/Malossi 7.3 oil & "wring out" for use on dusty roads, & use dry on pavement.
Anyone using one? Oiled or dry? If oiled, w/Malossi oil or something else? I oil foam aircleaners for my lawn mowers with ordinary motor oil, but this "sponge" is a very different appearing material.
motresyklman
This is what I use on my MP3/250 and MP3/500 Sport.
I use the K&N Spray Oil since I have K&N in all my 4 Wheelers.
I Spray on one side, and use a Rag and press it on the filter to get some absorption and coverage. Then install...

Note: I change/swap more often on the MP3/500 so I can see if I have any "Oil Blow"...

No difference performance from stock, but I buy them in Bulk from Scooterpartsco.com To me, they look better made the OEM.

Keith,
Marietta, GA
I think 4 years ago he probably has it figured out by now.
Hmm...
I wonder why it showed up on my screen as a recent post?
Oh well...
We are repetitive here.

Keith
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