Air cleaner modification

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Air cleaner modification

Postby Olsen » Sun May 27, 2018 2:41 pm

Please do not kill me for this question but I wonder if I can change the oil filled air cleaner for a cleaner of todays standards like they are used for motorbikes for example.Much easier to handle and perhaps even better performance ?
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Re: Air cleaner modification

Postby Grunt » Mon May 28, 2018 12:25 am

Go for it. Untill a realisticly priced original filter comes up for my TEA I’ve fitted a K&N filter, because I had one that fitted, and the genuine thing will come up eventually. Whether I’m still around when it does turn up who knows. Had you said you were doing something irreversible to it like cutting the axles in half and welding Moggy Thou half shafts in, or heaven forbid, retapping threads to metric, then though I wouldn’t have commented I would have disapproved, but it’s your tractor you do as you please.
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Re: Air cleaner modification

Postby Moose » Mon May 28, 2018 12:44 pm

I am of the "if it is not broken, why fix it" crowd. :smile: A bike that might hit 10,000 RPM needs a more efficient air filter, but a Fergie at 2000 RPM is less demanding. I am not sure that it would improve performance. But, as Grunt says, "it's your tractor". :smile:

I would rather stock some spare oil than more replacement/disposable filters.
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Re: Air cleaner modification

Postby whitehillbillies » Mon May 28, 2018 8:53 pm

My Greeves has original oil soaked filter, Landy has an original oil bath filter, as my 54 TED.
go modern, not me. Whats the fun in that !!!!
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Re: Air cleaner modification

Postby Grunt » Tue May 29, 2018 11:46 am

I don’t know that I could cope with more power on my TEF, but then it is a diesel with far more power than the slower inferior petrol engines. Im going to have to wait a while for Hiawatha to get back on that one.
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Re: Air cleaner modification

Postby Olsen » Tue May 29, 2018 1:07 pm

Well some say the bridgestones my Fergie came with are great for tractor pulling :lol: I have no illusions that he will run faster but I've read those days how often the oil needs to be changed in the bath filter and thought with my new filter I do not have to care about it anymore.I've paid 12 euros so if I do not like it I will go back to originality.Of course not without torturing you guys with a photo :dance:

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Re: Air cleaner modification

Postby Grunt » Tue May 29, 2018 3:55 pm

Stage one tuning kit for a Fergie. Stage two is to drill more holes in the seat to save weight.
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Re: Air cleaner modification

Postby Olsen » Tue May 29, 2018 5:15 pm

Grunt wrote:Stage one tuning kit for a Fergie. Stage two is to drill more holes in the seat to save weight.


:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Been busy for the rest of the day this is the result - stage 5 :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF05PWVO_Dc
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Re: Air cleaner modification

Postby Grunt » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:14 pm

I’m looking for a similar filter for the crankcase filter on my Triumph, but it’s only got a 3/4” inlet, I can’t find one with an elbow on the inlet. Can you tell me where you got yours from.

What’s the chance of rain getting into the filter and draining into the carb. Is there room to angle it downwards so rainwater drained out of it.
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Re: Air cleaner modification

Postby Olsen » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:58 am

Search for a sport air cleaner designed for motorbikes.Mine is from ebay.They are available in all sizes but I have no idea what happens when it rains.I know that the texture in k&n filters is waterproofed with oil but I guess the one I bought is a cheap chinese filter that will let the water through.

https://www.knluftfilter.com/motorcycle ... lters.aspx
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