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So after painting my bike green I tried to find a replacement filter to match the bike, with no luck. So I removed the red color using Rit's fabric color remover then dyed it mixing there yellow dye with a little bit of their royal blue. What do you all think?
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Looks great & matches the bike pretty well!!..
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Not sure if you are aware of this or not, but that red color is not really a "dye" so to speak. It is oil that helps to filter out super fine particles. Removing it will definitely decrease the effectiveness of the filter.
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Definitely different.
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I think it looks pretty slick, never thought of that before. Rep for you, good job!
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Not sure if you are aware of this or not, but that red color is not really a "dye" so to speak. It is oil that helps to filter out super fine particles. Removing it will definitely decrease the effectiveness of the filter.
+1 on this, It is a k&n element that the Harley heavy breather has & the filter element uses the oil to catch the dust & dirt..
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I do like how it looks. Pretty good idea. You'll just need to use a non-red oil on it.
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Thanks everyone. And yes I'm aware the red is oil, what I have done is sprayed the oil on the inside of the filter but as mentioned, I think I am going to have to find a clear oil to use.
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Looks great! And definitely a novel idea as far as I know. Since you've got the oil thing covered you should be good to go.
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Yeah, the problem is that the oil wants to soak into the filter so I dont have it covered as well as it should be but I'm confident I can find a clear oil that will work.
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