Leaping Tuna air cleaner

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  1. charles.paskell

    charles.paskell New Member

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    what abought finer particles like dirt and dust? are you not worried?
     
  2. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    No, I'm not worried as I think the stainless steel scrubber will stop just about everything, especially when it accumulates some blowback gas & oil. It would be easy enough to substitute foam rubber with the pot scrubber and still use the tuna can. Maybe I'm wrong. I don't know enough to advocate the pot scrubber thing for others. People should use their own good judgment with everything on this forum. You are wise to question.
    SB
     
  3. corgi1

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    The filter that came in my BGF was what looked like a 1/8 inch thick very large pore foam filter,wouldn't stop much more than large clumps and those d**n mosquitoes
     
  4. curtisfox

    curtisfox Well-Known Member

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    Clear coat it when done and it will be even beter
     
  5. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Hey Curtis,
    Do you know of a good clear coat? I've tried a couple kinds before that weren't really very clear. I'd like to find a good one.
    SB
     
  6. 2door

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    Silver,
    I've had good luck with a model airplane product from TopFlight, called LustreKote. I'll look for a link for you. It should be available at any good hobby shop that caters to the flying model airplane crowd. It's fuel proof and has a nice shine.


    Edit: here's some info> http://www.monokote.com/lustrekote/lustrekote.html
    Tom
     
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  7. curtisfox

    curtisfox Well-Known Member

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    I have used Plasti-kote and Krylon Some times it takes a couple of coats.
    I will try TopFlight see how it works.
     
  8. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Thanks guys.
    SB
     
  9. curtisfox

    curtisfox Well-Known Member

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    If you wet sand your parts with 1,500 or 2,000 sand papper before clear coat. It will come out extra smoth and shiny. You should practes with the clear coat ,if you get it to close it will get milky.
    Just like anything the more time you spen the better it comes out.......Curt
     
  10. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Ah ha! So that's why when I tried it I got a milky, dull finish and not at all what I had in mind as 'clear coat'. Thanks,
    SB
     
  11. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Barely, this one's for you. The stainless steel scrubber breathes nicely without a single bug inhaled. Although it takes a while to get accustomed to the metal taste, I like the look as it hides missing teeth and gives a sparkling countenance. It makes me feel special as if I stand out in the crowd, one set apart and unafraid to be a little different than your average bear.
    SB
     

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    I've had the flu for two days now and feel like s**t, but that made me laugh.
    Thanks Silver.
    Tom
     
  13. fasteddy

    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Silver bear, just painting the last parts of the bike but glad to see you. From what my Dad told me about living in that neck of the woods you live in, that if a skeeter hits you they are so big, a pot scrubber is of little use except to identify the remains.

    Steve.
     
  14. curtisfox

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    I also found Rust-oleum Crome is realy shinny. Awesome.
     
  15. charles.paskell

    charles.paskell New Member

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    But when the fuel dries and the particles such as dirt dust sand are left it will possibly suck those particles right into your engine, maby not but it is probable.wee.
     
  16. BarelyAWake

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    The gasoline will ofc evaporate - but it leaves the 2 stroke oil behind, which will serve to trap the smaller particles like sand and dust. Periodic examination will show how well it's working, if the side closest to the engine is also covered in grit - it's not fine enough.

    Bsides, compared to stock itsa Fram lol
     
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  17. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    I also think you need to use judgment based on where your ride. If you ride dusty roads or the beach then there will be a lot of dust and sand. I don't. I really wasn't kidding about bugs as I think that in my part of the world especially in May, June and July there are plenty and are of more concern than sand. Sometimes I'll ride through a swarm of gnats in the evening and it feels like you're being peppered with sand. I wear glasses anyway, but if I didn't I'd have eye protection for sure. Each environment has it's own conditions. I'm not saying that a stainless steel scrubber is as good as a K&N commercial filter. It probably isn't, but I don't have a lot of confidence in the stock air filters that come in our kits and even with those I haven't had a problem in the past. I was more motivated by how much I don't like plastic and wanted something that looked more like it could be vintage and more in keeping with something from 1939... also something in my budget. I get two scrubbers for a buck at the dollar store. If you eat tuna fish anyway then the can is free. Besides, I'm not really advocating, just reporting and sharing the home made stuff I think is kind of cool. I just yesterday made a little tail light from a cat food can. I've shined it up and want to try the clear coat on it. When i find appropriate red lens material I may mount it on my old Elgin. I like the way it looks. It's my bike and I 'can'. It's a kick making your own stuff, especially something out of nothing. Fabricating is just plain fun!
    SB
     
  18. diceman2004

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    silly bear ( i think the blue soapy ones taste better )
     

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