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OEM Air Cleaner (Filters)...where and why so expensive? cleanable?

I have been looking around, and am trying to find a decently priced set of air filters (air cleaners) for the 06 beast. all the websites ive see are selling the set for 60+ dollars! is this the norm? does anyone out there know where i can find a cheaper set? And i would like to stick with OEM because no other company has any real proven results (as far as my research goes). can i just clean the oem ones?

bike bandit has em for 31 bucks a pop
cheapcycleparts has em for 28 plus shipping (each)
kneedraggers is 32 plus shipping (each)
ebay has used ones for half that, but buying a used air filter sounds like paying for dirt in the filter.
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I wouldn't trust cleaning the OEM filters.
IndyOEM has them for around $24 each plus S&H, so they're not that expensive.
Especially since you only have to replace them every 12K miles (depending on conditions).

As an alternative, you could buy K&N or BMC filters and clean/recharge them.
While there may be no performance gains, but you would save yourself money not having to replace filters.
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I agree with subS but I have managed to get more out of mine by "cleaning" them in smaller intervals. Either by blowing air on the reverse direction or sucking with a strong vacuum cleaner on the other side. The way I think about it is that particles get caught traveling one direction may get loose and be drawn from the element on the reverse direction. Not with the RC but with other bikes, especially commuters, I have had noticeable results. I also put a thin film of grease on the surface where the filter seals and pay attention to it. If I see that film getting dirty somehow or having stuff on it that indicates the filter is not working anymore and is allowing crap in.

It also depends on the area you ride and weather conditions. Moist air, and humidity, keeps all particles stuck on surfaces, while dry air is full of particles. So your air filter needs in the North East are minimal, compared to places like AZ or NM/TX etc.

I think the performance penalty is very small compared to the benefit of the engine running with clean air. In hot dry conditions I'd recommend an additional oiled foam filter around the pods.
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The OEM filters dont clean very well as they have a adhesive within the element to trap crap.
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i have my originals ones off my 2001 with very few miles and they are clean, i've never been able to find out if they are interchangeable with the SP2, but you are welcome to them for the price of shipping (my guess is about 5 dollars) if you want them.

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i appreciate the offer gts455, but i actually just ordered some.
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no problem.

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