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September 20th, 2016, 04:41 AM   #1
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Dirt in air box

I have removed my air filter to discover there's a layer of grit/dirt inside the top part of the air box in the inaccessible part of the frame and worryingly close the the hole at the top and the engine vent hole which I can only assume runs straight into the engine, the wierd part is that here is very little dirt in the bottom half of the box. Is there a way I can safely clean the grime out of the frame without letting dirt and grit into the engine

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September 20th, 2016, 08:02 AM   #2
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September 20th, 2016, 12:38 PM   #3
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I see you're the helpful one on here then ned appreciate that precise answer mate What is the magic method ? I could get a new brush and shove it in there but I'm o worried I'll push dirt into the engine vent hole and places I shouldn't
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September 20th, 2016, 01:39 PM   #4
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Remove the hose and the carb connector hose make sure everything is blocked off then ,spray some degreeser or carb cleaner in there , then power wash it stuff a clean rag and dry it up ,or use compressed air till its dry reconnect everything
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i figured my answer gave you as much info as you gave about which model you're talking about
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Touché it's a 2005 FC 550 and I think I'll have to take off the tank as those hoses looked pretty awkward to get to, power washing in there frightens me as I cant see up into the frame but I'll give it a go thanks for the advice. Do you think this could have already caused damage to the engine I have not had the bike long and barely ridden it so have only just noticed it
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September 21st, 2016, 12:13 PM   #7
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Also after not having ridden it for a while it all of a sudden doesn't start on first or second kick it's taking 3 or 4 which Is likely the valves right ? And since I first had it the bike tends to die when I blip the throttle warm or cold it is random but more noticeable when cold,clutch is also slightly creepy maybe it needs bleeding ? Hopefully this isn't due to this grit ravaging the insides
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Check the valves and clean the carb
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Take off the tank and check the filters in the tank damage would be excessive wear on rings and liner
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Also after not having ridden it for a while it all of a sudden doesn't start on first or second kick it's taking 3 or 4 which Is likely the valves right ? And since I first had it the bike tends to die when I blip the throttle warm or cold it is random but more noticeable when cold,clutch is also slightly creepy maybe it needs bleeding ? Hopefully this isn't due to this grit ravaging the insides
Has it been sitting????? Clean carb and tank if yes.
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