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So I've seen some of you lot talking about replacing the air filter (and other filters?) with K&N filter and what not.
And with the Rebel 500 being my first bike I think, sure, probably not a dumb idea.
But I've searched the handbook up and down, left to right, and I can't find anything about changing the filter on it.

So where and how do you do it?!

Could someone perhaps post a somewhat walkthrough of this? Preferably with pictures!
 

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It's in the manual.. don't remember which page, though.

It's behind the left side panel... disconnect a wire and a grommet/clamp thingie to get stuff out of the way.. take off the air cleaner cover... take out old filter... then reverse to put everything back together.
 

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Do you have a glossary/reference in the back of the manual? If so, look for "air filter," "air cleaner," "filter," etc... I don't recall exactly what it's called.

Honestly, the most difficult part is just getting everything out of the way so you can remove the cover. The grommet/clamp thingie (can't remember what it's called) is supposed to be removed by applying pressure to opposite sides to compress it... but it's surrounded on 3 sides where it's fastened.

Otherwise, it's just disconnecting the wiring harness so you can move it out of the way, and I think there were 3 screws securing the air cleaner cover. The filter itself pops out fairly easy.
 

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Just went through the book one more time, just in case.
But no... The only thing mentioned, and I mean ONLY thing, is that when cleaning the filter you're not supposed to use a compressor and blow it clean, since that can damage it. And that's bloody it folks!
My book covers just about anything else I might want to know about the bike, but not in regards of the air filter!
 

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Apparently, sertain things are meant to be serviced by the dealer only.
In my book, in regards of air filter service it says: "Do not perform the maintenance. Should be serviced by your dealer."
And that's it. So yeah, no walkthrough for me.
But ok, guess I'll probe around on my bike when the time comes and figure it out. Thanks CueBaller!
 

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If the moderators don't object, maybe someone could take pictures of the relevant section of the manual and post it here?

I can post some later, but it'll be a few hours before I get home from work.
 

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If the moderators don't object, maybe someone could take pictures of the relevant section of the manual and post it here?

I can post some later, but it'll be a few hours before I get home from work.
I would love to have that!
Shouldn't be a problem if you PM me them?
 

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True. If someone else doesn't get to it first, I'll take pictures when I get home.


that be sweet, thanks.


and just that were on the subject, is there any bennifit to the K&N filter? Anyone worried about the pre-oiled filters? Does anyone have a part # for the K&N? In my search, there is 3 part numbers depending on the vender, but neither specifically indicates, like most things in Canada, that the specific filter is specifically for the CMX300/500.
 

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HA-2513 is the part number for both the 300 and the 500 on K&N's website. I got the part number from there, then ordered from Amazon. Same price, but I get free 2 day shipping with Amazon.

The only issue I've heard of with using K&N filters is that people tend to over-oil them, which (at least in cars/trucks) can damage the O2 sensor. That being said, with them being pre-oiled and made of a different material, they should drastically outlast a standard filter before needing to either clean/re-oil or replace (up to 50K miles, per K&N, depending on riding conditions)... so even if you choose to replace it with another new K&N filter, you're still saving a few bucks in the long run.
 

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Nothing technically wrong...just that there are often better parts than original OEM.
Better is what sense? Are you after higher performance or engine longevity? The OEM filters are designed for engine longevity.
 

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Better is what sense? Are you after higher performance or engine longevity? The OEM filters are designed for engine longevity.
This aint a bike made to be a high end bike, and thus, the parts used/made for this bike ain't gonna be all that top notch.
So I for one don't feel like it's such a bad idea to change the OEM filter.
 

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This aint a bike made to be a high end bike, and thus, the parts used/made for this bike ain't gonna be all that top notch.
So I for one don't feel like it's such a bad idea to change the OEM filter.
If you read the statements made by and for K&N air filters, they are touting the higher air flow volumes one receives when using K&N air filters. Increased flow volumes can be obtained a number ways, but, without enlarging the filter surface area, you can only achieve this by increasing the pore size in the filter, letting in stuff that would be filtered out by the OEM filter.
 
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