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post #1 of 15 Old 11-01-2014, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Foam filter oil alternative?

Its a oil thread but of a different style!

I just received a foam uni-filter for my xr650l and am wondering if anyone uses an alternative oil on the filter .... Most local shops are closed today and I figure I have almost 100 different types of oil & fluids in the garage already so something must be a cheap/safe alternative.

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you can get foam filter oil pretty much in any hardware store as a lot of movers, weed whackers, chainsaws etc use foam filters.

In any event, bar and chain oil for chainsaws work pretty good. It's tacky enough not to fling off the chain so it attracts dust and dirt well.

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you can get foam filter oil pretty much in any hardware store as a lot of movers, weed whackers, chainsaws etc use foam filters.

In any event, bar and chain oil for chainsaws work pretty good. It's tacky enough not to fling off the chain so it attracts dust and dirt well.
Ok thanks .... I have a gallon of bar & chain.

Any other ideas or input. I want to use rotella -T .... but thats just because I use it in and on everything .... putting it on toast has crossed my mind. =)

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Ok thanks .... I have a gallon of bar & chain.

Any other ideas or input. I want to use rotella -T .... but thats just because I use it in and on everything .... putting it on toast has crossed my mind. =)
you can use rotella if you'd like. A lot of older foam filter bike manuals call for regular engine oil. You will be fine.

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you can use rotella if you'd like. A lot of older foam filter bike manuals call for regular engine oil. You will be fine.
Cool thanks man!

I think I will use the bar & chain for now and then switch out to the proper oil down the line sometime.

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Regular engine oil will eventually drain out of the filter all over the garage floor
But it will work in a pinch


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Ok thanks .... I have a gallon of bar & chain.

Any other ideas or input. I want to use rotella -T .... but thats just because I use it in and on everything .... putting it on toast has crossed my mind. =)
its all i ever used on my 04 CRF250X's foam air filter and never had an issue, and it caught dirt like a sumbitch.

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its all i ever used on my 04 CRF250X's foam air filter and never had an issue, and it caught dirt like a sumbitch.
Rotella or Bar & chain?

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Rotella or Bar & chain?
rotella most likely, since he highlighted it in the post. I used bar since it's very close in consistency to foam filter oil and doesn't run as much as regular oil.

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Ok thanks .... I am on the road using the app and nothing showed up highlighted.

I think I'll use the bar & chain oil as well since I have had a gallon for ages and it needs to be used for something.

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rotella is what i always used.

the bar n chain oil will work just as good. Drizzle some one the filter and kneed it in to make sure you get all of the foam coated with oil.

To clean the filter laundry detergent in warm water does very well, never use things like gas / pain thinner etc as this will just eat away the filter.

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Just got home and got the filter oil. I used the bar & chain oil .... dumped a little into a big ziplock then squeezed it until it was fully saturated. Then squeezed all the excess out into a drip pan ..... greased the sealing face and installed.

The big old XR fired right up and is working great ..... ready to hit the trails in the morning! Thanks everyone.

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Late response here, but I would use Bel-Ray foam filter oil. It's nice and tacky. Take an awl and poke 5-6 holes in the foil under the cap for better control.

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Late response here, but I would use Bel-Ray foam filter oil. It's nice and tacky. Take an awl and poke 5-6 holes in the foil under the cap for better control.

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Yeah, the blue stuff. I've good luck with it as well.

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Yeah, the blue stuff. I've good luck with it as well.
foam filter oil always works for foam filters can't go wrong with that stuff

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