Where to buy air filter element for LS650

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by C. J. Clegg, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. C. J. Clegg

    C. J. Clegg Guest

    This may seem like an elementary question to ask here, but I need a stock
    OEM air filter element for a 1995 Suzuki LS650 Savage.

    None of the Suzuki dealers anywhere near here even carry these in stock
    (really!), and none of them are especially convenient to here anyway. so I
    figured if they need to order it I may as well order one myself and have
    it shipped directly here...

    Yeah, good luck with that. :-(

    So far Google searches have all come up with only the K&N aftermarket
    element which, though it should fit fine, costs almost TWICE what the OEM
    element costs.

    Any suggestions for good online places in the USA to buy the OEM filter
    element over the web? Anywhere in the USA is fine... distance from here
    probably doesn't matter much.

    Also, another, "idle curiosity" type question... On www.1tail.com on the
    K&N replacement filter element page, it says "WARNING: Laws concerning
    this product vary from state/province to state/province. Your
    state/province may prohibit its use on public roads...".

    What in the world could there be about an air filter element that would
    run afoul of even the most anal state laws?
    C. J. Clegg, Jun 25, 2007
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    Ken Abrams Guest

    And the Federal Noise statute regarding motorcycles (which is never
    enforced) prohibits modifying the exhaust AND THE AIR BOX AND FILTER. No
    doubt some (many?) state laws parrot that.
    Ken Abrams, Jun 26, 2007
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    Hank Guest

    believe it or not, dealers do not stock every part for every cycle ever
    made. Your savings from an online merchant will probably be eaten up by the

    Hank, Jun 26, 2007
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    Ed Cregger Guest


    Businesses pay taxes on their inventory, even if they paid taxes on the
    stuff before. That is why the "Just in time" phenomena spread so rapidly.
    Let the warehouser pay taxes for storing, not the dealer whose profit margin
    is stretched perilously thin. The old days of finding lots of parts in stock
    has passed. I miss those days too.

    Ed Cregger
    Ed Cregger, Jun 26, 2007
  5. C. J. Clegg

    C. J. Clegg Guest

    One would certainly expect dealers to stock consumables, like air filters
    and oil filters, though.
    C. J. Clegg, Jun 27, 2007
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    C. J. Clegg Guest

    None of the Zuke dealers are very convenient to here. I'm not necessarily
    so interested in driving over there so that I can prepay so that they'll
    order something as common as an air filter element, then drive over there
    again to pick it up whenever it comes in.

    None of them are overly interested in drop-shipping the thing to my home.

    Ordering it online is a matter of convenience rather than economy. That's
    the way it is most of the time, for most things, these days.
    C. J. Clegg, Jun 27, 2007
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    Wudsracer Guest

    Try an Emgo OEM replacement filter. Good value.


    Wudsracer/Jim Cook
    Smackover Racing
    '06 Gas Gas DE300
    '82 Husqvarna XC250
    Team LAGNAF
    Wudsracer, Jun 27, 2007
  8. Dunno what to make of this. For a start, some dealers charge less for
    some parts, and secondly, I can't remember the last time a bolt fell off
    a bike of mine.

    My undoing one,. and forgetting to put it back properly, if at all, is
    another matter.
    The Older Gentleman, Jun 27, 2007
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    Hank Guest

    Not IMHO
    Emgo chinese junk often has radically different flow characteristics from
    stock, making your bike inexplicably run like crap. Buy the original one
    from your dealer. It's not like you need 1 that often. He'll have it in a
    couple of days and if you have a problem there is someplace to return to.
    Hank, Jun 28, 2007
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    Savage Guest

    Roll your own: http://suzukisavage.com/cgi-bin/YaBB.pl?
    Savage, Jul 7, 2007
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